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3DMark03 image quality
We've seen in past reviews that NVIDIA's GeForce FX cards have had problems rendering 3DMark03's Mother Nature scene correctly. When running with the 43.45 drivers, the GeForce FX hasn't had the dynamic range to render the sky correctly in the Mother Nature test. The Detonator 43.45 drivers also didn't receive WHQL certification from Microsoft, suggesting that they may have had problems passing the WHQL image quality tests, too.

Has NVIDIA cleaned up its act with the Detonator FX drivers?


DirectX 9's software renderer



NVIDIA's GeForce FX 5600: Detonator 43.45 drivers


NVIDIA's GeForce FX 5600: Detonator FX 44.03 drivers


NVIDIA's GeForce FX 5200: Detonator 43.45 drivers


NVIDIA's GeForce FX 5200: Detonator FX 44.03 drivers

Yes, they most certainly have. The images generated by the GeForce FX 5600 using the Detonator FX drivers look much closer to the image produced by Microsoft's DirectX 9 reference rasterizer than what was previously generated with the Detonator 43.45 drivers.

Images produced by the GeForce FX 5200 under the new Detonator FX drivers also look better—at least in terms of the sky—than what was produced using NVIDIA's older Detonator drivers, but they're not as close to our reference image as what's produced by the GeForce FX 5600/Detonator FX combo. Also, the water doesn't look right with the Det FX drivers on the 5200.