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No Longer Updated. 8600M GT laptop has kicked the bucket! GTS 250 benchmarks in the future if all goes well.

No overclocking used in all benchmarks. System tested on is to the left. 3D Mark 06 benched using default settings (1280x800, no AA)[/b]

(VISTA64) 3D Mark 06 Scores

Sorted by Driver Version - Lowest to Highest:

FINALVista648600MGTBenchmark-new-1.png

(VISTA64) 3D Mark 06 Scores

Sorted by SM2 + HDR Score - Lowest to Highest:

FINALVista648600MGTBenchmark-new_p0.png

Counter-Strike: Source is tested with recommended settings, no AA using proprietary benchmark (VIDEO STRESS TEST in game menu)

Half-Life 2: Lost Coast is tested with recommended settings, no AA using proprietary benchmark (VIDEO STRESS TEST in game menu)

Crysis is tested with medium settings, no AA using proprietary GPU benchmark (Benchmark_GPU.bat in Bin32 folder)

The scores represent the average number of frames per second

(VISTA64) GAME BENCHMARKS - Sorted by Driver Version:

FINALVista648600MGTgamebenches_p011.png

(WINDOWS 7) 3D Mark 06 + CSS Scores

Sorted by Driver Version - Lowest to Highest:

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Interpreting The Results:

3D Mark 06 Scores:

SM2: Represents the ability to produce Shader Model 2.0 effects

HDR/ SM3: Represents the ability to produce High Dynamic Range lighting and Shader Model 3.0 effects

SM2 + HDR: Represents both the SM2 and HDR scores combined, this column shows the most reliable performance of the driver

Notes: 3D Mark 06 results only show how the drivers perform under 3D Mark 06, they do not necessarily represent the driver's performance in real world games.

Game Scores:

Counter-Strike: Source

Engine: Source

Notes: Contains most effects found commonplace in today's games. It doesn't majorly strain the computer and is a good indication of just how high a graphics driver can pump out extra frames per second

Half-Life 2: Lost Coast

Engine: Source

Notes: Same graphics style as Counter-Strike: Source but utilizes more effects, particularly HDR lighting and complex water reflections, though some maps in Counter-Strike: Source offer this, they aren't to be found in the CSS benchmark

Crysis

Engine: CryEngine 2

Notes: Currently the god of game graphics, on Very High settings that is, it uses a vast range of effects such as Volumetric Clouds, Water Geometry, HDR lighting, Complex Shadows and Shading, Complex Reflections, Complex lighting used by other effects, and a Particle system

I try not to be lazy, but dry spells happen and I may be unable to update for a while :)

Updates:

*July 14th 08:

added 176.04

added 175.63, 177.66, and 174.74 - requested by blueice

added sort by driver version and sort by 3DMark06 Score

added 169.02, 169.04, 175.16, and 175.19 - requested by john

*July 15th 08:

added 174.93 and 169.61

*July 30th 08

added 177.70 and 177.72 - requested by coolcop06

added 177.73 and 177.79

*August 1st 08

added 176.04 and 175.95 - requested by anonymous

*August 8th 08

Oops, I accidentally highlighted 177.66 as XP and not Vista. Fixed.

*August 17th 08

Added 177.83 and 177.87 and some benches in Counter-Strike Source.

*August 26th 08

Added 177.92 and another CSS benchmark, the HDR score is 1337!

*September 7th 08

Added 177.98 + CSS benchmark, Please note this was done on a new install of Vista 32 and the results may not entirely represent their performance

*September 26th 08

Added 178.13 + CSS benchmark

*October 1st 08

Added 179.13 + CSS benchmark

*October 17th 08

Added 178.13, 178.24, 178.26, and DOX's modified forceware which I beta tested for him, you can get DOX's forceware here, and support/ suggestions here. Also added a new column which excludes the CPU score which is highly variable, giving you a better idea of which drivers are better. I also removed the powermizer column because it had no use since most people disable powermizer through the registry anyway.

*October 21st 08

Added 180.20, 180.42 "Big Bang II" + CSS benchmarks for both, 180.42 gains 1 more fps in CSS benchmarks!

*October 24th 08

Added 178.43 + CSS and Lost Coast benchmark.

*October 25th 08

Added 180.43 custom DOX

*October 29th 08

Added 64-bit Windows Vista benchmarks of: 175.95, 176.04, 177.66, 177.7, 177.72, 177.79, 177.83, 177.89, 177.92, 177.98, 178.13, 178.24, 178.26, 180.1, 180.42, 180.43, 178.13 DOX, 178.24 DOX, 180.43 DOX, and benchmarks under CSS, HL2: Lost Coast, and Crysis for each driver!

*November 18th 08

Added 178.46, 179.14, 169.09, 180.44, and DOX custom 180.44

*November 21st 08

Added 180.47 and 180.7, removed 3DMark06 score and CPU score because they are irrelevant to GPU performance, changed images to PNG's so they don't get all that ugly jpeg compression! Also cleaned up the archive and a few other things to make it easier to look through.

*December 8th 08

Added 180.84

*December 19th 08

Added Dox 180.7, Dox 180.84, 181.00, 179.28, added more detail to interpreting results - We have finally broken the 150 fps barrier in Counter-Strike: Source!

*December 24th 08

Redesign, Merry Christmas!

*January 4th 09

Happy New Year! Rebenched 178.13 to find similar results... added 185.2, added new Windows 7 Chart, changed the way charts are made: I now use UDC (Universal Document Converter) which allows me to print specific charts or graphs to an image, allowing me to have as many

*February 17th 09

No updates, this is an update about lack of updates. From benchmarking across multiple systems the pattern is pretty consistent; the higher the driver version the better. You don't need charts to reassure yourself about that. I will not be benchmarking for a while so please stop requesting =) there are other valued members who consistently benchmark, and you can always do your own benching :)

Working on:

179.29, 181.2, Dox's 181.2, 176.26, 181.22

My 8600M GT laptop has kicked the bucket. No more updates on this card. Thanks for everyone's input and help and these benchmarks!

ARCHIVE:

You can find older XP and Vista benchmark charts in my Photobucket album (Guest password is covert): http://s34.photobuck...bums/d109/xoft/

Old Vista 32 Game Benches:

Half-Life 2: Lost Coast Benchmark:

180.42 = 92.76 fps

180.43 = 92.99 fps

Counter-Strike: Source Benchmark:

177.83 = 147.16 fps

177.89 = 146.69 fps

177.92 = 147.51 fps

177.98 = 146.77 fps

178.13 = 147.86 fps

178.24 = 146.66 fps

178.26 = 147.03 fps

179.13 = 146.95 fps

180.20 = 147.61 fps

180.42 = 148.40 fps

180.43 = 145.98 fps

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blueice

Seems like a steady increase in performance.

Can you bench popular drivers such as 174.74 and 175.63 to fill in the gap in the middle?

Btw, the latest driver 177.66 is now out in xfastest. Check out the link below

http://forum.pcdvd.com.tw/showthread.php?t=804933

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Covert

Benching now. Ready soon.

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Guest john

Nice work! :) Keep it up! :) Also bench if you can 169.02,169.04,175.16,175.19(old) and 175.19(new-this driver was re-released if you remember) for reference and performance comparison.Someone had to do this earlier....but hey,better late than never!

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Covert

Finished blueice's request starting yours :) , it takes a long time to clean all traces of drivers, reinstall, and bench so be patient.

Edit: I can't find the old 175.19 so I will only bench the re-released one unless you'd be kind enough to find it for me :) OR IF ANYONE ELSE CAN FIND IT THANKS!

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coolcop06

ohh dang dude... i was just about to post "can you test 177.66" then i see you've already done it!

hahaha

thanks for your speedyness! i gave the same gfx card, so this really helps!

we all appreciate your work here! keep it up, this really does help! :)

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Covert

Finished john's drivers, uploading results now :)

Still taking requests and continue to update as new ones come out.

I may also do some Crysis benches later.

Thanks everyone, glad I could help out :)

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damstachizz

5077 with 174.93 :)

overclocked like hell, or course :)

Me thinks these drivers will beat the current best ones.

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Guest Pranav K P

Beat this buddy !

3D Mark 2006 : 1280 * 800 No AA all Default :

Total: 6081

SM3.0: 2425

SM2.0: 2551

CPU: 2160

Notebook: Dell XPS M1530

GPU 8600M GT OC (600 MHz Core/900 MHz Memory)

CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 @ 2.4 GHz

Driver Version : 177.66

OS : Windows XP 32Bit

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damstachizz

5077 [shader 2 - 2094/ HDR - 2012/ CPU - 1916]

Give me a T8300, XP, and better cooling to run higher clocks and i would beat it.

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Covert

*Hint hint* try installing TinyXP BASE (OS), i9Kfan (Cooling), defrag (Maintenance), overclock (Speed), and then clean up your startup and I guarantee 2000 points more in 3D Mark 06 :)

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damstachizz

Don't wanna run XP :)

Cooling - Speedstep is disabled, which means my fan is at 100% almost all the time, Already Defragged beforehand, And my overclocks are already massive :)

If i could overclock my CPU, i would, but i have tried EVERYTHING - and i damn well mean EVERYTHING.

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5077 [shader 2 - 2094/ HDR - 2012/ CPU - 1916]

Give me a T8300, XP, and better cooling to run higher clocks and i would beat it.

you don`t need and special overclocking solution.... just buy a dell xps m1530 system if u ever wanna over clock it seroiulsly.. thatz the best machine u can get.....

a better cpu solution wont help much... proof ?

My system : http://rapidshare.com/files/129800015/XP_New_rec_7.rar.html

Reference system :http://img113.imageshack.us/img113/9292/3dmark2006sp7.jpg

The reference system has 2.6ghz but my score still beatz it..... :)

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Covert

Did you do a clean driver install?

1. Uninstall graphics drivers via control panel

2. Restart

3. Download Driver Sweeper from Guru3D

4. Restart in Safe mode

5. Clean nVidia Display settings with driversweeper

6. Install the the new drivers you want & Restart.

Nonetheless the 177.66 drivers are fast and pretty stable and I have not seen any problems playing Crysis, TF2, Counter-Strike: Source, Half-life 2, and many older games and 3DMark doesn't show any corruption so either DVC4 doesn't like the drivers or you didn't install them properly.

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Guest tootsie

dude, these drivers are amazing!!! :) :P (177.66)

got 5046 in 3dmark 06

my rig:

Dell inspron 1520 jet black

wxga 1280x800 :)

c2d t7250

2gb ram pc2-5300

8600m gt ddr2 (630/1260/570)

xp media center

is it good enough for a ddr2 card? :P

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Did you do a clean driver install?

1. Uninstall graphics drivers via control panel

2. Restart

3. Download Driver Sweeper from Guru3D

4. Restart in Safe mode

5. Clean nVidia Display settings with driversweeper

6. Install the the new drivers you want & Restart.

Nonetheless the 177.66 drivers are fast and pretty stable and I have not seen any problems playing Crysis, TF2, Counter-Strike: Source, Half-life 2, and many older games and 3DMark doesn't show any corruption so either DVC4 doesn't like the drivers or you didn't install them properly.

I'm sure the error exist, for I'm not the only one.

It's a small bug, and only happens on Dante.

And I know 177.66 is faster :)

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99GrandAmSE

this is awesome.

do you guys use the modded inf? or the standard one? what options do you use?

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coolcop06

hey... 177.70 and 177.72 drivers are out!

can you PLEASE test them out and put em on the chart?

waiting patiently to see if they are better than 177.66...

thanks :)

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Andrew55

Testing all these drivers must have been painstakingly boring. Good job.

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Covert
hey... 177.70 and 177.72 drivers are out!

can you PLEASE test them out and put em on the chart?

waiting patiently to see if they are better than 177.66...

thanks :)

Edit: Everything's up and running. Benched 177.70 they are most certainly better than 177.66, go grab 'em. 177.72 is not available for XP you'll have to wait until until it's released (Some people have already benched them for Vista though).

That's about it, will be re-benching ALL the drivers I've already benched for VISTA32, on XP64 since I made that switch.

**UPDATED** Benched cool-cops drivers and ALL driver in between up to the latest 177.79 have fun guys.

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P.J

Please test 177.66 in Vista x86 :)

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