XGI Duo Conclusion
Considering this is XGI's first attempt in the high performance arena, they have done a pretty good job. The Volari gives an excellent range of features but due to the drives being so new the optimization and design isn't the best at the moment. At the moment XGI is able to keep up with both the Radeon 9800 XT and GeForce FX 5950 in some tests and considering how long the cards have been out for, some of the scores achieved by the XGI battler are quite respectable.
It's nice to see that the drivers offer quite a few extra features and in time we are sure that we will see more and more performance come from them. While the card does offer support for DirectX 9 we didn't really get a chance to test its full potential as the games that support the standard are quite limited - at least this month.
Hopefully in the coming months XGI will pick up some more AIB partners and we see another true hardcore contender in the graphics card market. The Volari Duo V8 Ultra by XGI isn't the best graphics card on the market at the moment, and a lot of people would probably prefer to wait for newer driver releases and see if they actually go somewhere, but at the moment XGI have a very positive looking product and only time will tell us how far they will go.
Excellent driver Features
Nice looking cooler
Good performance that can only be improved on
Loud cooler lacking automatic throttling
Needs better driver optimization, should come in time
Image quality needs to be improved, too blurry in a lot of cases
Rating - 7.5 out of 10
New Drivers Conclusions
As we mentioned, both nVidia and ATI have released new official drivers and while they were supposed to give us a bit of a performance increase they really didn't do much. We did see a little jump across some benchmarks with the ATI drivers and it is enough to warrant the upgrade but we didn't really see much from nVidia.
It is always worth upgrading to the latest drivers as you normally do find that if they don't give you an increase in performance they do help in sorting out some stability issues that could have been caused with previous versions of the driver. nVidia have also chosen to include a load of new features which give your drivers more functionality which is excellent.
We would recommend upgrading to the latest driver for your graphics card even if it is only for a few more points or frames here and there.
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