Because of the recent findings during the H55/H57 IGP competition, we have found ourselves obliged to elaborate on a long-standing rule. As from this point forward, official drivers causing a benchmark not to render correctly will no longer be accepted at HWBOT. Incorrect rendering would be defined as clear visual indications that parts of the benchmark are either not visible or in some way improperly rendered. The main effect of this kind of drivers would be an unusual boost in performance.
At the moment, we already have a rule which (vaguely) describes this situation located under section 3. This rule, however, was not targeted at official drivers, but specifically at custom-tuned drivers with cheats integrated. The update of the rules consists of fine-tuning this one rule to:
“Any software or human interaction causing the benchmark application to fail to (properly) render the textures or making the rendered image to differ too much from the original due to other software tweaking”
Above sentence includes settings such as mipmap and wireframe hacks not to be allowed, not by human interaction and not by software manipulation.
Under the driver section (3.1), we will add the following:
“Official drivers causing a benchmark not to render correctly are not accepted at HWBOT. Incorrect rendering is defined as clear visual indications that parts of the benchmark are either not visible or in some way improperly rendered. The main effect of this incorrect rendering is an out of line performance increase due to this rendering flaw.
Do note that this rule will not be actively applied to hardware and drivers released prior the year 2010. Also, the HWBOT staff will not be actively testing out different combinations of drivers, hardware and operating systems to ensure proper rendering. We hope that the overclocking community will be able to help us with this list and find problematic drivers.”