While it’s not quite as disastrous as the infamous fake GTX 480 incident, Intel was caught faking their results during a live CES demo of what was supposed to be an Ivy Bridge based ultrabook running F1 2011.
The event took place yesterday afternoon in a crowded room where the media had been gathered to see Intel’s 2012 roadmap. During the event, Intel vice president and PC group general manager Mooly Eden ran a demo of Codemaster’s F1 2011 on an Ivy Bridge based ultrabook. The problem is Mooly Eden clearly acts as if he is behind the wheel and the game is running in real time. However, videos of the event clearly show a VLC media bar at the bottom of the screen on multiple occasions, showing the game was actually a recording and not a live demo.
Below is just one of many videos circulating around the net showing the faked demo; skip ahead to 16 seconds to see the beginning of the F1 2011 failure.
Strangely enough, Ivy Bridge is capable of playing F1 2011, and there is a real demo showing this to be the case. This raises the question of why Intel decided to fake the demo in the first place, as it would have been just as easy (and less controversial) to run the game in real time instead of playing a video clip.