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Hey guys,

I have an old 8800gt laying around the house that I want to install in my son's new budget build. What display drivers should I use? Should I just install the latest or are there better ones for such an old card?
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post #2 of 18
I usually just go with the latest NVIDIA.
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post #3 of 18
Just use 266 for now
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I am using latest with my 8800 gts


So use the latest ones
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I'll use the latest. Thanks guys!
+rep to the lot of you
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post #7 of 18
Another vote for just using the latest ones! They work just fine...
 
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post #8 of 18
Don't use the latest ones. Remember that NVIDIA updates and tweaks the newest cards with their newest drivers, and older cards get left behind, especially as old as the 8800GT.

I had a 9800GT and I did benchmarks on over 20 different drivers (including latest) and after this time consuming process, I found the 182.50 drivers to be the fastest and stablest drivers for my 9800GT. Mind you, the 9800GTs are g92 cores and if your card is also a g92, these drivers will prove to the best for your card. If not, give them a shot either way, as I don't think there is much difference, other then a die shrink, between the two cards.

Good luck.
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post #9 of 18
If you play the latest games, I would use the latest drivers. Software development houses probably still do some 'Quality Control' testing on 8800gt's since that is the minimum recommend spec for a lot of newer games. The latest drivers should provide the best overall compatibility, although as Primus said the latest ones might not be the most optimized.
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Using the latest ones on my kid's 8800GT Rig, with no problems at all
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