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Forceware Performance: 175.16 vs 175.19


Dox

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Found an interesting article over at BenchmarkReviews

The article compares performance between the last whql driver for 6/7/8/9 series gpus 175.16 vs current whql 175.19.

The results will surprise you.

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Do you see the same performance difference?

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Nice find, Dox. Thanks.

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I ran 3DMark06 on both drivers and the difference was only about 15 points or so on my SLI system. I am currently playing through Mass Effect and didn't notice any appreciable frame rate differences between the two drivers.

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Nice find, Dox. Thanks.

same kthx! :) with mai exp. i still prefer non WHQL driverz, thei rox

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Test System

Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP-3 (optimized to 16 processes at idle)

They might have disabled the NVIDIA driver helper sericve :)

responsible for keeping clock speed and color settings intact.

Also the benchmark procedure (as stated in their article) is questionable in my opinion. To compare results reliably you need to re-image the OS (no VGA driver should be installed!) to ensure the exact same environment. If done properly it only takes 1 minute for the actual image restoration (assuming XP). Even with VISTA (defaults at 20GB after fresh install) it should take only 4 or 5 minutes.

Everything else can give unexpected results. It's actually less time consuming than uninstalling the driver, reboot to safe mode, ran all the driver cleaners (as they all differ in quality), reboot, install the new driver and reboot again.

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Yes actually. The 175.19 brings my fps down much worse than the 175.16. I am currently using the 175.16 for my 8600m gt 512 ddr2

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