3DMark03 Beta Partners??? - 20-05-2003 - G`Rilla
I have no idea where my head has been lately. I see strange things happening around me but my poor brain fails to register the true meaning of what I see.
What the hell am I talking about? I am talking about Extreme Tech and Beyond3D joining the 3DMark beta partner program and then exposing the NVIDIA "cheat" in that very test a very short time thereafter.
Now I thought that having a couple of news outlets joining that program was a little odd at the time but I did not think it through anywhere near thoroughly enough. I think it has now become very apparent just why those media peeps were permitted, no, asked, no, encouraged, no,... hell I dunno... to join that program. Let's just say we do not know exactly how it came to be but, it looks like we didn't have to wait very long to find out why.
The only thing that I wpould like to know at this point is whether or not those media folks were required to pay the rather large membership fee to be in that somewhat exclusive little club. Just how much that fees is I am not quite certain but it is rumored to be in the tens of thousands USD. Of course I am trying to find out just how much it is and I will let you know if and when I do get my dirty mitts on the number. Suffice to say that it seems very unlikely that B3D could afford nor would wish to pay the membership fee. See where I'm going?
By admitting those two new partners, FutureMark gets two very convenient outlets when they wish to issue slaps within the industry. This is something they have never had the ability to do. Nice huh? Convenient too, no? Certainly interesting. Assassins for hire?
In the end, I think that "Beta Partners" might be a misleading description for the two newest members of the FurureMark Club. How about "Whistle Blowers"? Does that ring a little more of the truth of the situation?
Retirado da 3Dchipset.