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We used ForceWare 81.89 drivers, why are you talking about 81.85?
Description from NVIDIA: “ForceWare Release 80 Driver for GeForce 7800 GTX 512.
This is a Release 80 driver, build version 81.89.”
Here are the enhancements of the ForceWare 81.95 drivers, in case you manage to find anything that may mean "performance enhancements across the board for all graphics cards", then you should probably continue accusing us of bias.
“Single GPU Issues Resolved
- There is a possible incompatibility between the ForceWare graphics driver and the current WDM driver.
- GeForce 7 Series: Modifying any Performance and Quality Setting using the system tray icon turns off Gamma and Transparency Antialiasing.
- GeForce 6800 Ultra: Textures are corrupted upon the first time entering a zone in Guild Wars.
SLI-Related Issues Resolved
- GeForce 6 and 7 series, SLI: Updated F.E.A.R. SLI profile to achieve better SLI performance and compatibility.
- GeForce 6600, SLI: Blue-screen crash occurs when starting a new game in Civilization 4 with antialiasing enabled in the NVIDIA control panel.”
For your information: OpenGL enhancements for the RADEON X1600 and RADEON X1800 graphics cards have been in place with Catalyst 5.10a, which use was limited to the Quake 4 and Doom III at X-bit labs and Catalyst 5.11, which we did not use at all.
By the way, I will appreciate you read the reviews at X-bit labs more carefully and/or compare X-bit labs’ results obtained on Catalyst 5.9 drivers (in other reviews) and Catalyst 5.12 (in this review) before you are talking about across-the-board performance enhancements for the Catalyst 5.12 over predecessors.
“Regrettably, but the aforementioned memory management flaw in the Catalyst driver that was there back in the version 5.9 remained in the 5.12 as well.”
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