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This has taken me about a week longer than I expected since things ended up getting pretty busy for me on the weekends when I normally have free time. Anyway, some friends have asked me which drivers they should use and there have been a few posts here on OCN with people wondering the same thing.

Hopefully this will help with your decision.

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80GB Seagate Barracuda SATAII (7200.10 RPM)

Futuremark 3DMark06 (each test run 3 times on all drivers with all settings at default)

Results
nVidia Forceware 169.21 - 5775
nVidia Forceware 169.28 - 5799
nVidia Forceware 171.23beta - 5806
Omega 169.21 - 5794
Xtreme-G 169.61 - 5809
Xtreme-G 171.16 - 5807

So what does this mean for you? Not a whole hell of a lot. While the natural progression of drivers does seem to yield small increases I honestly don't think that any driver will produce any noticeable, real world increases in gaming performance.

I also did not notice any improvement in graphic quality when comparing the Xtreme-G drivers to the rest, which is one of their claims. The exception to this is the 171 beta driver from nVidia. It didn't seem quite up to par with the rest, presumably because it's a beta driver.

Comments, criticisms and such are welcome as always.
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post #2 of 13
Perfect timing.
I was just wondering if any real differences existed.
Thanks.
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post #3 of 13
best drivers I have found so far have been the Beta's from nvidia. While the 3DMark 06 scores very from Beta to Beta. The over all game experience has been better than the Official Driver releases. Each system will very obviously.
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You gotta love the beta drivers they kick a**.
 
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I believe there's a newer beta driver out, 172.xx but I haven't been able to find it. I don't even know if it's for Vista or for XP but a friend of mine used it and said that he had nothing but lock ups so I'm assuming it's very, very early in development.
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I believe there's a newer beta driver out, 172.xx but I haven't been able to find it. I don't even know if it's for Vista or for XP but a friend of mine used it and said that he had nothing but lock ups so I'm assuming it's very, very early in development.
ForceWare 174.16

Maybe?

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He was pretty clear that it was 172.xx because he checked again when I said I don't recall seeing that version available.
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I just use the latest final drivers, they always work perfectly. I can never get around the idea of using beta drivers.
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Yeah, I'm not big on beta drivers myself. I would expect that all of the good things remain and all of the bad things are removed by the developer so I tend to stick with "official releases".
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Bump*

I think this thread is a few kinds of Useful to people.....
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