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Are you dutiful about keeping your drivers up-to-date? Nvidia does a pretty good job of maintaining a regular release schedule. Today we look at how much performance you can expect from an old card in new games using four driver packages.

If we look back to the last generation of GeForce cards as an example, the GeForce GTX 480 was released in late March 2010. It’s still a decent card, performing close to the more recently released GeForce GTX 570. But do you remember how long you waited for Nvidia’s first DX11 GPU? It was released seven months after AMD launched the Radeon HD 5870.

If you update drivers regularly, then you are probably familiar with the Nvidia's performance claims. You see them every time you download a new software package. We want to know exactly how much these updates really matter to real-world gaming. Have all of the company's downloads been worthwhile installations? We’re selecting four drivers spanning the GeForce GTX 480’s current life to find out.
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Meh, the card still sucks. Uses too much power and runs too damn hot. Extremely lucky I was able to step mine up to 580s.
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Hmm... bout time they released something like this. Driver updates are crucial to performance increasing in the same GPUs. I hate how the original reviews don't bother to update the reviews when adequate drivers are released. >_<

EDIT:

I have to call BS on the AvP benchmarks. I get higher FPS scores with my GTX 470 on the same settings. Mind you, the overclock I have is still less than the GTX 480 at stock. That's a little fishy...
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Nice to see Nvidia getting driver attention. But the gains were pretty small... Probably not really noticeable in most games.
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Glad I keep my GTX470's drivers up-to-date then. Sweet.
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Meh, the card still sucks. Uses too much power and runs too damn hot. Extremely lucky I was able to step mine up to 580s.
This, the whole 4XX series for the most part was a bit of a joke.
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I liked this article as well

Didn't think it was news, though.
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This, the whole 4XX series for the most part was a bit of a joke.
Lies, all lies!
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This, the whole 4XX series for the most part was a bit of a joke.
pfft i enjoy my fermi fire burning down the dance floor
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Lies, all lies!
not at all bro
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