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NVIDIA ForceWare 180.47 Analysis - XP & Vista - Test System Setup and 3DMark06

NVIDIA has just released one of its biggest driver releases in quite a while. We analyze them under XP and Vista today.

| NVIDIA GeForce Drivers in Software | Posted: Nov 18, 2008 5:00 am

Test System Setup

 

Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3GHz (333MHz x 9)

 

Cooling: Corsair Nautilus500 (Supplied by Corsair) with Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound (Supplied by Arctic Cooling)

 

Motherboard(s): GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)

 

Memory: 2 X 1GB Kingston PC6400 DDR-2 3-3-3-10 (KHX6400D2ULK2/2G) (Supplied by Kingston)

 

Hard Disk(s): Seagate 250GB 7200RPM SATA-2 7200.10 (Supplied by Seagate)

 

Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista

 

Drivers: ForceWare 178.24 and ForceWare 180.47

 

As with our Catalyst article, we had hoped to be testing these new drivers on our new X58 testbed. But unfortunately it's still not ready which means we're still running on our older games line-up.

 

With that said, though, let's see if there are some gains with the new drivers using the 9800 GTX+ from Palit and the GTX 280 from GIGABYTE.

 

3DMark06

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 110

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com

 

Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/

 

Buy It Here

 

 

3DMark06 is the very latest version of the "Gamers Benchmark" from FutureMark. The newest version of 3DMark expands on the tests in 3DMark05 by adding graphical effects using Shader Model 3.0 and HDR (High Dynamic Range lighting) which will push even the best DX9 graphics cards to the extremes.

 

3DMark06 also focuses on not just the GPU but the CPU using the AGEIA PhysX software physics library to effectively test single and Dual Core processors.

 

NVIDIA ForceWare 180.47 Analysis - XP & Vista

 

Across all resolutions we can see both cards don't show any real difference in performance.

 

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