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I went from a 7,996 in 3DMark06 using 169.21 NVIDIA drivers to a 8,041 using 171.23 beta NVIDIA drivers, on my sig rig. I couldn't get past 8k to save my life and changing drivers finally pushed it over the 8k mark. Pretty good for a "lowly" 8600GT, if I do say so.

     
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Where do you find the beta drivers at? I went to the Nvidia site and clicked beta/archived but the only ones that come are 169.28 for my card
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Guru3D Downloads

For your application (Vista 32-bit), go down to Videocards - NVIDIA Forceware (Vista). When you click on a particular ForceWare to download, look for a reference link to their forums and read up. For my application (XP 32-bit), I read some of the posts in the forums and concluded that 171.23 was the most stable to try out for now, even though it's not the newest (it had the least complaints). For Vista, I don't know, you'll have to do some reading.

Oddly enough, I couldn't find any 17x.xx drivers on NVIDIA's website directly, only 169.xx and 163.xx WHQL and Beta drivers.
     
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My results showed very little difference between any of the drivers, past present or beta.

nVidia has a habit of pulling their drivers for some reason but I'm not sure why.
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Yeah, I only scored 45 better, which isn't great, but it did allow me to get past 8k on a single card, which from what I've researched is an accomplishment all on its own for an 8600GT. Sitting at 7996 and 7992 was killing me, just irritating. Now I feel better lol. Even though this 8600GT still lags behind any 8800-series and above card, it feels kind of cool to have a fully modded card that benches over 3500 points above stock in 3DMark06, and gets the "Oh wow, really, an 8600 did that? prove it!" reaction, know what I mean?

And it seems people have mixed results regardless of what they use. Some get slower frame rates, some gain a decent amount of FPS in certain games, it all depends on the particular system, what software it's running, what hardware, chipset, graphics card, CPU, etc etc. Too many variables.
     
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I have 174.16 something like that but its 174
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