[Quick Test] NVIDIA ForceWare 186.18 vs ForceWare 190.38



NVIDIA ForceWare 186.18 vs ForceWare 190.38


Here is a quick performance test of ForceWare 186.18 WHQL vs ForceWare 190.38 WHQL.

Testbed:

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 default clocks
  • Mainboard: EVGA 790i Ultra SLI
  • Memory: 2048Mb DDR3
  • Graphics card: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 CO OP Edition – default clocks (GPU core:576MHz / Shaders: 1242MHz and memory: 1008MHz)
  • WinXP SP2 32-bit
  • FurMark 1.7.0 (OpenGL)
  • FluidMark 1.1.1 (OpenGL / PhysX)
  • Lightsmark 2008 (OpenGL)
  • Unigine Tropics 1.2 (OpenGL / Direct3D)

Settings:

  • FurMark and FluidMark: fullscreen 1280×1024 60 seconds
  • Lightsmark 2008: default
  • Unigine Tropics 1.2: fullscreen 1280×1024 anisotropy 4X

  ForceWare 186.18 ForceWare 190.38 Gain
FurMark 4239 4275 +0.85%
FurMark
SLI
8507 8505 0%
FurMark
MSAA 16X
1122 1120 0%
FurMark
MSAA 16X + SLI
2232 2230 0%
FluidMark 1.1.1 10452 10546 +1.0%
Lightsmark2008
SLI
716 733 +2.4%
Lightsmark2008 652 732 +12.3%
Unigine Tropics D3D9 1879 1920 +2.2%
Unigine Tropics D3D9
SLI
3372 3473 +3%
Unigine Tropics D3D9
SLI + MSAA 8X
2678 2703 +1.0%
Unigine Tropics OpenGL 1631 1625 -0.3%
Unigine Tropics OpenGL
SLI
936 942 +0.6

Conclusion: under Windows XP, there’s a little performance gain but if you are fine with ForceWare 186.18, it’s not necessary to update them unless you want to enjoy the new features like power management or CUDA 2.3 (you need the 190.38 to play with CUDA 2.3 SDK samples…).





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