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NVIDIA ForceWare 266.58 Performance Analysis - Test System Setup and 3DMark 11

The ForceWare driver set gets a new release - We examine it under Windows 7 with a bunch of NVIDIA cards.

| NVIDIA GeForce Drivers in Software | Posted: Jan 26, 2011 3:35 pm
Manufacturer: NVIDIA

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We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASRock, Kingston, Mittoni, Noctua and Corsair.

 

Under the release notes only the GTX 580 is mentioned and a lot of the performance improvements seem to be focused around AA / AF and when the cards are running in SLI.

 

Of course, it does mention improvements on other models including the GTX 400 series, so with a slightly cut down version of our normal benchmark line-up, we'll see how the GTX 580, GTX 570 and GTX 460 compare with one of the older drivers that we've been using for a while.

 

Let's get started!

 

3DMark 11

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.3dmark.com/3dmark11/
Buy It Here

 


 

3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world's most popular benchmark. Designed to measure your PC's gaming performance 3DMark 11 makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 is the best way to consistently and reliably test DirectX 11 under game-like loads.

 

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GTX 580 - Here we see no real change.

 

GTX 570 - Here we see no real change.

 

GTX 460 - The Performance Preset seemed to have dropped back ever so slightly.

 

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