|Whenever a review of a new graphics card is published, people always seem to hold out some hope that drivers will bring about huge performance increases. Unfortunately, this isnâ€™t always the case but it does seem like both NVIDIA and ATI have been making some strides towards noticeable gameplay differences through the effective use of driver updates.|
Usually, we donâ€™t publish driver performance articles simply because there really hasnâ€™t been all that much to report and far-reaching claims werenâ€™t made. NVIDIA has bucked this trend by not only releasing new drivers that are supposed to increase framerates but they have thoroughly revamped their installation process as well. Their new 260-series have just been rolled out to the public in Beta form (a WHQL version will be coming shortly) and the changes that are made could have a significant impact upon how consumers look at the Fermi architecture.
Make no mistake about it: this article will be about pre and post 260.63 beta driver performance and nothing more. Since interest for the GTX 460 768MB has recently peaked due to a price reduction to a mere $169, we chose it to benchmark. It is without a doubt one of the best-placed cards currently on the market and it should prove to be a good litmus test for this driverâ€™s performance within the rest of NVIDIAâ€™s current lineup.