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Almost before the very launch of the new NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra a new driver version appeared: Detonator 44.03, which will also support the new upcoming Quadro FX professional graphics cards:

NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000 will evidently be based on the “professional” GeForce FX 5900 Ultra, and Quadro FX 500 – on NV31 or NV34 (GeForce FX 5600 or GeForce FX 5200 respectively).

Besides the new graphics cards support, the 44.03 driver also features a slightly different 3D settings page:

As you can see from the screenshot above, the quality-performance modes have been renamed again: Performance mode turned into High Performance, while former Balanced mode is now called just Performance.

Luckily, or unluckily, our express testing showed that 44.03 driver version doesn’t differ from the 43.80 version in either image quality or performance: the results were absolutely identical. This allowed us to complete the tests with any rush with the 43.80 driver.

Besides, we expect NVIDIA to announce a new driver shortly after the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra product launch. This will be a driver from 50.xx series: Detonator FX, which will ensure a performance growth for all GeForce FX graphics cards. And it means that all the results obtained with the previous driver versions as well as those we are going to discuss today will no longer be valid.

Testbed and Methods

Our testbed was configured as follows:

We used the following software:

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional;
  • Microsoft DirectX 9.0a;
  • Detonator version 43.80 for graphics cards on NVIDIA chips;
  • Catalyst version 3.3 for graphics cards on ATI chips.

We used default driver settings in synthetic benchmarks.

 
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