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Unread 04-08-2011, 12:33 AM   #1
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Default Testing the new 270.51 BETA nVidia drivers...

I decided why the hell not. Made a system restore point just in case, backed up essential items on my PC, time to install. I'll let you know how they work over the next week. I'll benchmark my PC, test a few of my games like GRAW2 and CS: Source, HL2 and Lost Coast. Not the most extreme things to put them through but its what I got...
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Unread 04-08-2011, 08:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: Testing the new 270.51 BETA nVidia drivers...

Yeah those are pretty old games to be testing with, but have fun I guess! heh
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Default Re: Testing the new 270.51 BETA nVidia drivers...

Shit I forgot to do a control group by benchmarking before installing the drivers. Oh well I'm more interested to see how reliable they are going to be. Got them installed just a few minutes ago so lets see if I get any artifacts while playing GRAW2 at 1080p, all settings MAX (may go into the nVidia control panel and override the AA/AF settings and max them on my video card)

However, here's the final system specs (since I'm done building FINALLY, save for new OS) for the test rig. No overclocking, set everything back to stock;

Core i3 540 @ 3.06 GHz
4GB Patriot DDR3 @ 1666MHz
Gigabyte H55M-S2V rev 1.4
GTS-450 SuperClocked
CreativeLabs X-Fi Titanium
Western Digital 1TB, 7200RPM, SATA2
Win XP SP3
140mm front exhaust, 120mm rear/side exhaust
120mm intake, 2 dorsal, 1 ventral, 1 side


Will post my 3dMark 06 results later today.
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Default Re: Testing the new 270.51 BETA nVidia drivers...

http://3dmark.com/3dm06/15610316

Results: 13682 3d Marks on the first test. I'm going to run one more and see what happens, then overclock the system and run it twice.
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Default Re: Testing the new 270.51 BETA nVidia drivers...

http://3dmark.com/3dm06/15610444

Results: 13662 on second test. Negligible difference here I see... Now, time to overclock the GPU from 882 MHz to 913, simulating (as close as possible) the FTW edition. CPU will be set to 3.45 GHz.
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Default Re: Testing the new 270.51 BETA nVidia drivers...

http://3dmark.com/3dm06/15610534

Results: 15075 on the first OC test. Not bad!
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Default Re: Testing the new 270.51 BETA nVidia drivers...

http://3dmark.com/3dm06/15610585

Results: 14844. Second test seems to always run lower scores. Hmm.

Finally, I'm going to push the system to max. I will attempt to get the GPU up to 950 to 975, but I need to figure out how to tweak the voltage first. eVGA precision doesnt offer the option as far as I understand...


EDIT #1: it should be noted that CPU core temps never broke 35 celsius, and GPU never broke 42 celsius either.

EDIT #2: got the CPU up to 3.86 GHz and the GPU to 932 MHz, and halfway through the benchmark all my failsafes kicked in. They never got over 60 celsius or so but I don't like pushing my electronics to extreme heat levels. Benchmarks end here.


Final verdict, after benchmarking and playing a few of the aforementioned games - seems stable enough. Think I'll keep the drivers. Questions? Comments?
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Unread 04-08-2011, 05:33 PM   #8
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Default Re: Testing the new 270.51 BETA nVidia drivers...

I've had the Beta driver installed since it came out with the hope that it would improve performance in Starcraft 2.

Before:
http://3dmark.com/3dm11/73224

After:
http://3dmark.com/3dm11/992448

As you can see it didn't make much of a difference for me.
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Default Re: Testing the new 270.51 BETA nVidia drivers...

CS: Source? Lost Coast?? These games came out in 04 dude.. this is now 2011..

Check into bulletstorm or something.
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Default Re: Testing the new 270.51 BETA nVidia drivers...

@Flunk; yea i figured, but I wont knock any gains no matter how insignificant.

@Snake; seeing as how i just put out all the money for a new system, it'll have to wait for me to buy a new game and see how it runs.
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