nVidia ForceWare 310.33 Beta - GeForce GTX 680 Gaming Performance

Published by Christian Ney on 07.11.12
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Conclusion

It's very boring to test nVidia drivers I tell you. AMD drivers are more fun to test as you don't know what the result will be and have a lot of surprise. Here you get almost the same value at the end of the benchmark...
Anyway since the GTX 680 has been released one can see from the "Performance Index" that two drivers out of 13 did bring a performance boost. From the 300.99 Beta to the 301.42 WHQL performance is the same. After that there is an increase when you install 304.48 Beta. On average performance goes up by 2 percent (up to 5 percent under certain games). Then nothing happens until you install the latest drivers (310.33 Beta). There you can see an average increse in performance on NVIDIA's Kepler architecture by 3 percent.

nVidia drivers are very constant, the GTX 680 is only 5 % faster with latest drivers than it was with the first drivers that actually supported this card. Almost perfect drivers from the beginning? I mean with AMD from the first supported ones to the latest ones you have a 40 % difference on average.

Now if we take a closer look at the results we got here: upgrading from the 306.97 WHQL to the 310.33 Beta will boost the following games:

  • Batman: Arkham City (5 %)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (8.7 %)
  • Dragon Age II (5.7 %)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (6.3 %)
  • StarCraft II (6.3 %).

Job well done nVidia!


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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