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I just updated from 169.21, to 178.13 and I gained no performance increase at all in 3DMark, was the same exact score -5 points lol I always hear "update your drivers for better fps" and stuff, but I didn't gain anything at all here... I think.. lol
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The reason why I update my drivers are because they are usually more stable and reliable.
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Originally Posted by itachi182 View Post
I just updated from 169.21, to 178.13 and I gained no performance increase at all in 3DMark, was the same exact score -5 points lol I always hear "update your drivers for better fps" and stuff, but I didn't gain anything at all here... I think.. lol
Try running it through a game instead of relying on 3Dmark, it might be a standard for benchmarking but not for gamers, besides sometimes if you want that extra 'oohmpf' you'll want to overclock your CPU not update drivers, I generally only do that when I experience problems.
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3dmark06 is way too CPU dependent so you won't be able to really test your GPU. Use FRAPS to check your FPS while in-game.
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Test games and not benchmarks. Also the latest drivers are 180.48
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post #6 of 10
Get the latest drivers (180.48).
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Try to install Fraps on your machine. It will tell you the FPS in the top left hand corner. Let it run and than play a game and see what it says.
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post #8 of 10
Read "Do New Drivers Really Boost Performance? : Madness And Myth, Or Hidden Performance? "

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...king,2037.html

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The effects of graphics driver updates vary widely, as optimizations and performance increases apply individually to each graphics chip. This means testing with just one graphics card doesn’t provide sufficient information about the driver’s potential. Each graphics chip reacts differently, and even memory configurations of 512 MB and 1024 MB can generate completely different results. The introduction of a new, more refined graphics driver doesn’t necessarily mean the software can be applied to all resolutions and all the manufacturers’ graphics chips.

Unfortunately for AMD and its customers, the PowerPlay optimization for energy-efficient 2D operation is not included in the Catalyst 8.8 driver for the Radeon HD 4870. Quake Wars refuses to start using the Catalyst 8.8, but it works fine with the Catalyst 8.6 and 8.7. With the Nvidia product, everything functions properly, although the GeForce 177.92 driver tested was a beta. Because AMD wasn’t making any claims of increased performance, we weren’t necessarily expecting faster frame rates.

Nvidia, on the other hand, does show off some notable performance gains: Call of Duty 4 gets up to 15 percent—the GTX 280 makes 11 percent, 10.2 percent and 9.2 percent, respectively, in the resolutions with anti-aliasing, and the GeForce 9600 GT remains at the previous level and even drops down to -3.0 percent on one occasion. ET: Quake Wars up to 8 percent, GTX 280 converts 3.5 percent, and the 9600 GT achieves 4 percent more power in several resolutions after the driver is updated.

Edited by DuckieHo - 12/22/08 at 12:04pm
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Also, the newer your card, the better the increase. They aren't really worrying about optimizing the 8800's as much as the newer cards now.
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the new 180.xx drivers help alot
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