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Best Nvidia Drivers?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by danceMB, 18 Jan 2006.

  1. danceMB

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Jun 2004

    Posts: 2,015

    What is currently the best driver versions? there have been a lot of releases over the past month, and assume that some will work better than others? I have a 6800 if that helps
  2. Arcane


    Joined: 19 Aug 2005

    Posts: 3,643

    Location: Ealing, London

    Depends on what games you play and what else you do with your PC, I'm personally happy with the 82.12's, I play FEAR, Quake 4 and a bit of COD2.
  3. DaZzZa


    Joined: 2 Dec 2002

    Posts: 2,618

    Location: Peterlee

    83.10 here atm everything seems fine
  4. Atomic


    Joined: 27 Jan 2005

    Posts: 834

    I too looking for an updated driver, since I play the latest version of Flight Sim and I'm getting Half Life 2 sson as well as perhaps Fear. I have a AGP 6800 GT. Currently on 77.77 but want an upgrade to see if I can get any more performance out of my card.
  5. hartty


    Joined: 29 Sep 2004

    Posts: 664

    Location: Jersey C.I

    The latest ones imo
  6. Scania


    Joined: 25 Nov 2004

    Posts: 24,341

    Location: On the road....

    Same here. :)
  7. danceMB

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Jun 2004

    Posts: 2,015

    Sounds like the 83.10's are a good idea then? I might try that out after a re-install to see how much of a performance gain I get
  8. TheLudeButler


    Joined: 27 Oct 2005

    Posts: 37

    don't they just recommend the latest drivers?

    why would you want to be running out of date drivers?
  9. chaparral


    Joined: 27 Nov 2005

    Posts: 21,390

    I just run the lastest drivers out...If i then get any problems in any my games,,then i start going back one release at a time to try fix it.
  10. danceMB

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Jun 2004

    Posts: 2,015

    If I did that then I would be running driver cleaner every other day lol. Its just nice to know, as some might find special "tweaked" drivers around that work better than the official ones. New cards are coming out as fast as the drivers are to support them.
  11. Angilion

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 5 Dec 2003

    Posts: 17,468

    Location: Just to the left of my PC

    I've long been a fan of Omega drivers, but the author has stopped development of the Forceware ones 8-(
  12. Goksly


    Joined: 5 Mar 2003

    Posts: 10,592

    Location: Nottingham

    Was forced to stop - iirc Nvidia sent the suits round to pay a visit.
    You *might* want to run older drivers in certain situations. For example, 9700pro owners might want to stop on drivers that didnt support X800/X1800 cards - after all mostly the drivers just bring features and compatability for the newer cards.
    Might miss out on some game fixes / tweaks, but thats just an example of when you might want to run ye olde drivers.
  13. DanMc07


    Joined: 6 Oct 2005

    Posts: 4,041

    in my experience new drivers never really matterd in termps of performence etc. so I just keep using the new ones, but thats what I have found in my experience with nvidia.
  14. Jamie1984


    Joined: 20 Oct 2005

    Posts: 427

    Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne

    I've never seen any noticeable difference in fps with driver upgrades in my few years on gaming, tho my m8 said a past nvidia card of his saw a benefit (the cynic in me reckons they made crap drivers on purpose to get 'boosts' with new drivers :p).

    Horses for courses mindue, I guess with all the different rigs out there experiences will vary :)
  15. danceMB

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Jun 2004

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    IMO, they sometimes release new drivers with the benefit of previous ones, but with "optimisations" for new games. Its only a certain amount of time before new drivers wont benefit a certain type of card, unless you have the newest cards when they come out, as it seems a certain amount of time before the drivers are near-perfect for your card.
  16. DrEvil

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    Joined: 29 Jun 2004

    Posts: 1,641

    Location: Surrey, UK

    Does the current (81.x) driver from nvidia.com give dual core support?

    Or should I use one from guru3d.com?
  17. ALLI

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    because brand new drivers arent always faster - infact i think you're more likely to have stability problems etc if you're trying to keep up with every release.