NVIDIA 169.04 Driver Brings Improvements

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 23 November 2007 at 08:09 PM EST. Page 3 of 3. 7 Comments.

When the GeForce 8 series support for Linux was introduced, we had found its performance lagged behind the NVIDIA ForceWare driver for Windows. In that article we found that the GeForce 8 Linux performance delta was much larger than what had existed for the GeForce 6 series. In subsequent driver updates we have seen performance improvements. Most notably, with the NVIDIA 100.14.19 driver with a GeForce 8800GTS 640MB we found major performance gains. With the NVIDIA 169.04 Beta driver we have once again found significant performance improvements for the GeForce 8 series on Linux. While there were no improvements with the GeForce 8600GT in Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, the improvements were very noticeable in Doom 3 and Quake 4. This updated Linux driver has also corrected some monitor issues we previously had with incorrectly parsing the EDID information and other bugs. Shortly we will be delivering more GeForce 8 benchmarks with this new driver as well as a NVIDIA GeForce 8600GTS review.

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