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Ok the general hyped up idea I get from changing drivers are that they increase performance or decrease them..however , I believe that its all in rivatuner mostly and certain drivers just have different settings causing the user to believe that they got a speed boost..I wonder who is correct ??
    
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Well thing is with new drivers they can contain optimized functions, or they can optimize their current Anti-Aliasing techniques for better performance and whatnot.

So yes, drivers do affect performance. That's why with new cards such as the G80 and R600 series cards, their performance with the first released drivers was quite a bit less then their performance now (in most cases)
    
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Well thing is with new drivers they can contain optimized functions, or they can optimize their current Anti-Aliasing techniques for better performance and whatnot.

So yes, drivers do affect performance. That's why with new cards such as the G80 and R600 series cards, their performance with the first released drivers was quite a bit less then their performance now (in most cases)
What he said...
    
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they make the difference between 1fps and 300fps

and as adam144 said exactly
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and is there anyway you can adjust those settings yourself ? and the difference between a modified drivers ( you see plenty around ) and the normal driver ? besides validation for 3dmark lol
    
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and is there anyway you can adjust those settings yourself ? and the difference between a modified drivers ( you see plenty around ) and the normal driver ? besides validation for 3dmark lol
there are hacks but I don't think we can discuss them here
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Modified drivers like the WarCats or Omegas might give better performance because of, again, optimized techniques. These coders always find ways to optimize things so they release 3rd party drivers for us gamers/overclockers to get the best performance out of our hardware through a software update

So basically, in short, new drivers = more optimizations which in turn = better performance
    
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So basically, in short, new drivers = more optimizations which in turn = better performance
Basically, yes.

Rep +1.

You should try to keep all of your drivers up to date as best you can. Many people here seem to realte drivers to graphics cards, but every component in your system requires a driver. Without reliable software telling your hardware what to do, you'll never see full performance out of it. In my opinion, the most important drivers to keep up to date these days are the display, audio, network, and RAID.
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Sometimes , the latest driver hurt the performance of earlier series cards since the newest are often optimized for the latest series card!
    
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Basically, yes.

Rep +1.

You should try to keep all of your drivers up to date as best you can. Many people here seem to realte drivers to graphics cards, but every component in your system requires a driver. Without reliable software telling your hardware what to do, you'll never see full performance out of it. In my opinion, the most important drivers to keep up to date these days are the display, audio, network, and RAID.
The only exception is Sis

My cousin did that and every other driver set WOULDN't display ANything on his LCD....
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