I did not see the performance growth promised by Nvidia when transitioning to newer versions of the GeForce driver on my computer configuration, yet the frame rate did grow up in such games as World in Conflict, Devil May Cry 4, Crysis Warhead (a very small performance growth here), Far Cry 2, Left 4 Dead, Lost Planet: Colonies as well as in the benchmarks 3DMark Vantage and Unigine Tropics Demo. This is already a good reason for updating your graphics card driver regularly. Moreover, I didn’t test some older games mentioned in the release notes while some newer games just don’t offer accurate tools for measuring the frame rate. The performance benefits may vary on other configurations and under other operating systems. You should also keep it in mind that newer drivers not only improve performance but also correct some errors occurring with new games.
In my next review I am going to check out the evolution of ATI’s Catalyst driver together with a Radeon HD 4870 1024MB graphics card.
Finally, I’d like to say a few words about the graphics card I used for this test session. The Zotac GeForce GTX 260 AMP2! Edition is an interesting product in attractive packaging. It comes with all the necessary accessories, pre-overclocked frequencies, and a very effective and quiet cooler. The card’s GPU refused to overclock, but the memory chips could be overclocked quite well. The price of this card is competitive, too. There is currently a wide choice of GeForce GTX 260 cards on the market, so you can easily choose the variant that suits you best.