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The only thing WHQL means is that NVIDIA paid MS 10K for the validation.

If you have two sets of drivers with the same number, but one is WHQL, and one is not, you have essentially identical drivers.
Beta drivers are called beta drivers for a reason. They check them for bugs and problems that they missed in the alpha releases. So while there may not be major differences there are indeed differences most of the time.
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Beta drivers are called beta drivers for a reason. They check them for bugs and problems that they missed in the alpha releases. So while there may not be major differences there are indeed differences most of the time.
i second that.
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I installed the 174.74 betas and showed a pretty big decrease in my SM 3.0 score. This is my marks compared to my best score:

http://service.futuremark.com/result...eResultType=14

granted I didn't have my processor at 3.2gzh (~800 pt. difference) but look at the huge difference in my SM 3.0 scores, and notice in my 2.8ghz run I had my GPU at 700mhz core vs. 688mhz, and highest score was with 169.28 betas.
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The 174.74 drivers suck balls. My FPS is crap with these drivers ( went from ~150 to ~80 fps. Yes SLI is turned on ).
I also had negative effects with the 174.74's.

Crysis and COD4 kept crashing.
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i dont know man. perhaps i should recheck my tests but i am pretty sure that the 174.74 performed loads better than the previous one at least in terms of benchies. going to bed now but tomorrow i will post screenie for sure.
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on nvidia.com download drivers section, if searching for GeForce 8 Series 8800GTS the 169.21 WHQL drivers still appear. What gives? Are the 174's for the 9 series only?

I have cod4, crysis, and all the HL2-based games running nice and sweet, and I dont want to wreck anything
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I also noticed crashing in Crysis, Prey, and GTA:SA
     
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I installed the 174.74 betas and showed a pretty big decrease in my SM 3.0 score. This is my marks compared to my best score:

http://service.futuremark.com/result...eResultType=14

granted I didn't have my processor at 3.2gzh (~800 pt. difference) but look at the huge difference in my SM 3.0 scores, and notice in my 2.8ghz run I had my GPU at 700mhz core vs. 688mhz, and highest score was with 169.28 betas.
weird thing is all my games are running fine afaik, I haven't checked my fps on any of them (COD4/crysis) but they both play great. Anyone else bench the 174.74 and get a weird SM 3.0 score like I did?
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How good do you guys think they are with the 9800GX2? Do those cards still choke by the way?
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OK I just rolled back to 169.28betas and my score went back up to where it should be, weird that the 174.74 took the SM 3.0 score down so low. Maybe the 174's really are for the 9 series?

http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=6121798

I'm really curious to see if anyone with an 8800 had the same issue as I had with these drivers. Anyone else with an 8800 benched these?
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