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nVidia ForceWare 81.94 Performance Analysis

By: Shawn Baker | NVIDIA GeForce Drivers in Software | Posted: Nov 19, 2005 5:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor(s): AMD Athlon X2 3800+ @ 2.5GHz


Motherboard(s): ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe (Supplied by ASUS)


Memory: 2 X 1GB Corsair PC3500LL PRO DDR (Supplied by Corsair)


Hard Disk(s): WD Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM SATA (Supplied by Western Digital)


Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP1


Drivers: nVidia Forceware 78.01 and 81.94 and DX9c


XFX GeForce 7800 GTX, (256 MB) Graphic Card

Since the test system has gone through an overhaul since the last driver performance analysis, we have only tested the latest release against the previous official release. We have moved to the A8N32-SLI which uses the 2 x 16X slots instead of the 2 x 8X slots when running in SLI and to make it a little bit more interesting we have tested the X2 at 2.5GHz to help remove some of the CPU limitation in our benchmark applications.


We have a bit of a mix of cards here with us today including the GeForce 6800Ultra and 7800GT in the form of pre-overclocked BFG Tech cards. To make use of all that PCI Express bandwidth on offer from the ASUS A8N32-SLI motherboard along with all that powah the ASUS 7800GTX TOP cards will be used in single and SLI modes.


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The lower resolution shows performance improvements on all cards and also at the higher resolution just not as major.


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