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  • #46
    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
    Grr stupid 1 minute limit.

    When was the last time you have seen a change log on linux drivers that said something like:

    - 17% increase in performance on Nexiuz on XYZ series cards
    - 22% increase in performance on GIMP on XYZ series cards
    - 37% increase in performance on ET:QW running in multicard setup on XYZ cards.
    Not long ago at all?
    Quoting the nvidia 260.89 linux driver relnotes (from 18.10.2010):
    Performance

    * Increases performance for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. v258.96 WHQL drivers. The following are examples of some of the most significant improvements measured on Windows 7. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:

    GeForce GTX 480:
    + Up to 10% in StarCraft II (2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF Ultra)
    + Up to 14% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
    + Up to 16% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (SLI 2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
    + Up to 6% in Aliens vs. Predator (SLI 1920x1200 noAA Tessellation on)

    GeForce GTX 460:
    + Up to 19% in StarCraft II (SLI 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF Ultra)
    + Up to 15% in Battlefield Bad Company 2 (SLI 2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
    + Up to 12% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (2560x1600 noAA)
    + Up to 9% in Aliens vs. Predator (1680x1050 4xAA/16xAF Tessellation on)
    + Up to 7% in Metro 2033 (1680x1050 noAA Tessellation on)
    + Up to 11% in Dirt 2 (SLI 2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
    + Up to 12% in Crysis:Warhead (SLI 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF Gamer)
    + Up to 13% in Far Cry 2 (2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
    + Up to 12% in H.A.W.X (SLI 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF SSAO Very High)
    + Up to 5% in Just Cause 2 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
    + Up to 22% in Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (1920x1200 noAA)
    + Up to 5% in 3DMark Vantage (Extreme Preset)

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    • #47
      Originally posted by deanjo View Post
      Grr stupid 1 minute limit.
      1 min? That felt more like 30 sec.

      Anyway, what I wanted to add was that I noticed the Win7 part, but still felt it worth quoting since it seems to imply that this also applies on linux (for the subset of games that runs there).

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      • #48
        Originally posted by dnebdal View Post
        1 min? That felt more like 30 sec.

        Anyway, what I wanted to add was that I noticed the Win7 part, but still felt it worth quoting since it seems to imply that this also applies on linux (for the subset of games that runs there).
        Yes it seems that nVidia win7 drivers are in parallel with *nix. Where any update in windows is almost released on par anywhere else. Yet compared to AMD this is still not the case, even though they've come a long way.

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        • #49
          User should use the newer Firepro 8.773.1 and Catalyst 10.12 drivers with the newer Y2010-Y2011 cards. I don't think ATI's current drivers are OpenGL 4.1 compliant (just compatible) yet which help advanced developers push demos and graphics to help sell their software.

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