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OK I found time to personally benchmark some of the newer drivers Nvidia has just recently released. I have used the following drivers:

177.35
177.39
177.41

I have neglected to try 177.40 for two reasons,
1. Couldn't get it to work even with modded .inf files
2. I've heard it's not even worth installing

Results

177.35 got the following scores

61fps Unreal 3
30fps Crysis
175.94fps Counterstrike Source

177.39 got the following scores

60fps
30fps
169.67fps

177.41 got the following scores

61fps
31fps
172.55fps

I have also heard from other forums, that the 177.41 drivers are in fact the best ones to use thus far for a 8800gt, next to the 177.35 as they offer similar performance.
I have used Hardware OC Benchmark Tools for Unreal 3, and Crysis, for consistent results. I used the built in video stress test for counterstrike source. All of this was performed with my sig rig.
While installing the 177.41 drivers, I also came across 6 files that did not want to write, and I think that is because those are for the gtx260/280
Edited by kaivorth - 6/30/08 at 8:17am
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The 177.41 are pretty good. I like them better than the 177.39.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Anth0789 View Post
The 177.41 are pretty good. I like them better than the 177.39.
they crash on me all the time.
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I just modded my file and installed the 177.41 and phsyx in windows xp. I played the 3 maps on UT3 and I am really impressed.
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What needs to be modified for it to run with a single GTS-8800 G92?
I tried the 177.40, and BSOD...i'll re-install to get it nice and clean.
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I'm using 177.41 with modded inf. , these are running smooth as silk but I honestly dont see a big performance gain over the last five drivers I have tried, but they are stable
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Thanks for the info kaivorth. I'm using 177.41, and noticed a small improvement in crysis plus my screen flicker is mostly gone, but that's it.

Hope to see a whql release of these soon.
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can someone plss give me modded inf for my 8800GT ... for the 177.35 driver? i really need it because i got graphics corruption in games with 177.39
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post #9 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cryptedvick View Post
can someone plss give me modded inf for my 8800GT ... for the 177.35 driver? i really need it because i got graphics corruption in games with 177.39
Attached a .rar file with the nv_disp file in it for 177.35 AFAIK this will work wit all 177 drivers


As for BETA tested Drivers, did some testing myself to add to the list..

177.40
177.41
Produced identical gameplay, yet the .40 got the slight advantage in Futuremark Vantage
10303 on the .41
10315 on the .40

Have not run into any BSOD or errors in either set, although I havent run them for very long..
Edited by 10acjed - 6/29/08 at 5:18am
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177.41 & 39 did not work for me with the modded inf....
GPUZ & RT could not recognize them either

so i installed 175.12 & these are superb (for the 88GT)
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