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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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