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nVidia ForceWare 310.90 WHQL - GeForce GTX 680 Gaming Performance

Published by Christian Ney on 24.01.13 (12650 reads)
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Conclusion

Usually NVIDIA is known to provide stable drivers right from the beginning, which means that you don't see huge jumps in performance or power consumption when you install a new version. As we expected the performance offered by the latest WHQL driver 310.90 wasn't a surprise.

In fact there is only one benchmarks and three games where we've seen noticeable differences over the previous WHQL driver 310.70. The games we're talking about are Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, Dragon Age 2, StarCraft 2. Concerning Call of Duty the latest NVIDIA driver is 3.5 percent faster. In case of StarCraft 2 the performance improvement is about 6 %. As for Dragon Age we measured a performance loss of 3 %. Less interesting for gamers but very interesting for overclockers is the 2.5 % performance gain in 3DMark 11 over the latest WHQL driver we've tested which result in a score 250 points higher.

Looking at the power consumption values we also see a small gain. In idle this driver seems to be more energy efficient by 2 Watts.

So basically switching to the latest WHQL driver from NVIDIA changes almost nothing when it comes to "old" games. Performance is almost identical, which is clearly visible when you look at our performance ratings.



Author: Christian Ney c.ney@ocaholic.ch


Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - Crysis 2 / Dragon Age 2
Page 2 - Test Setup & Specifications Page 9 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R. / The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim / StarCraft 2
Page 3 - Benchmarks and Games Settings Page 10 - Power Consumption
Page 4 - 3D Mark 11 / 3D Mark Vantage Page 11 - Summary Benchmark Results
Page 5 - Unigine Heaven / TessMark Page 12 - Performance Index
Page 6 - Alien vs. Predator / Batman: Arkham City / Dirt 2 Page 13 - Conclusion
Page 7 - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 / BattleField 3



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