Nvidia GeForce Driver 182.06: Performance Express-Test. Page 6
[02/18/2009 09:36 PM | Graphics]
by Alexey Stepin , Yaroslav Lyssenko
In our previous mini-review we discussed what advantages the new Catalyst 9.1 driver can bring the owners of ATI Radeon graphics cards. Today its Nvidia’s turn – the company has just officially released a new GeForce driver version 182.06. So, today we are going to investigate what performance improvements it brings on.
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Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
As usual, we try to minimize the CPU influence in 3DMark Vantage by using the Extreme profile (1920x1200, 4x FSAA and anisotropic filtering).
Since they didn’t declare any performance changes in 3DMark provided in the new driver, we were not surprised to see that driver versions 181.22 and 182.06 delivered similar results. When we checked out the individual benchmarks, the results coincided with up to two tenths of second precision. However, a pragmatic gamer will hardy take 3DMark results seriously into consideration, because they are rarely considered representative of a graphics accelerator/driver performance in contemporary games.
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