Originally Posted by antuk15
Well stop using drivers that are made way after your cards release. Drivers get to a point were they reach complete peak in terms of a cards performance and then after that peak they tend to break things with every release after.
You'll perhaps find that running some of the 9.** drivers would be better as they're from the time when the 4000 series were ATI's latest and greatest. The 10.** series of drivers are from my graphics cards era so why are you expecting decent gains from the 10.** drivers when the 5000 series were new and top of ATI's list?
So, if a game comes out that needs some special driver treat and will have issues on any previous drivers, then by your logic the only way to go about it is to run off and buy latest card?
It's generally a good idea to keep drivers up to date, as it help avoid certain possible issues, that even tho don't come that often, still can appear in some games. One of the first things all FAQ and troubleshoots will tell is to update your drivers to the latest in case of any issues.
I have no problems running any driver on my 2 generations old 285, so why should it be any different for ATI? Especially since there's not much that changed from a design standpoint in last 2 gens for both camps, sure there are some optimisations here and there, but it's not like they are that much different. IMHO if a new driver causes issues even on the last gen product there's no excuse for it.