GeForce 310.33 beta drivers promise ‘up to 15%’ performance boost

Just one day after AMD unleashed its snazzy new Catalyst 12.11 beta "Never Settle" graphics drivers with promises of 15% performance gains on average, Nvidia has posted a GeForce 310.33 beta driver that purportedly boosts performance by "up to 15%" with GTX 600-series graphics cards.

That’s a peak number, not an average, so Nvidia’s claims aren’t quite as bold as AMD’s. Still, dueling numbers are fun, and Nvidia does claim Skyrim performance on the GTX 680 is "increased by 10.9% at 1920×1080 when using High settings in an indoor scenario." That’s frighteningly accurate, so it must be true.

To find out for yourself, you can grab the new drivers right here.

With a host of new games coming out, the impending Win8 release, and these driver updates, the table has certainly been set for a GPU performance update. Hey Ferb, I know what we’re gonna do today.

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    • BIF
    • 7 years ago

    How might this affect folding?

      • Ragnar Dan
      • 7 years ago

      Back when I cared about such things, generally a new driver update caused more crashes and little else.

    • alienstorexxx
    • 7 years ago

    “increased by 10.9% at 1920×1080 when using High settings in an indoor scenario.”
    this must be a joke, who the f@k wants to play at higher fps indoor on a game that has one of the most biggest and beautiful world ever created on a game. also, i think a igp intel hd4000 has enough power to do that kind of scenario.

      • Majiir Paktu
      • 7 years ago

      It doesn’t. I’ve tried.

        • alienstorexxx
        • 7 years ago

        you are taking it too literal, maybe my english sarcasm isn’t accurate enough. isn’t my native language.

          • indeego
          • 7 years ago

          I bet your native language capitalizes the first word of sentences though.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 7 years ago

    I’m just going to go ahead and say that an image quality comparison needs to be done on the drivers from both camps… I sense a little history repeating itself.

    just a hunch though.

      • I.S.T.
      • 7 years ago

      There is no way this is happening. The AMD drivers have an incredible amount of untapped potential and will for a very long time due to how new the arch is, and Nvidia’s arch is newly revised with major changes. Just because Nvidia’s was released one day after AMD’s doesn’t mean some cheating was going on. Likely the release was scheduled for later this month/early next and then bumped up to try and keep up with AMD.

      Does that mean the final product suffered? Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised, but outright cheating? No way.

      And AMD’s situation is even LESS likely to have cheating because of the new arch.

        • shank15217
        • 7 years ago

        I think most of the potential has been tapped, otherwise they would be poor drivers, these cards are now nearly a year old.

    • gigapants
    • 7 years ago

    And I shall dub thee… Detonator!

      • I.S.T.
      • 7 years ago

      I read this as Devastator at first.

      Damn I watched too much G1 as a kid.

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    Nvidia trailing behind with a ‘me too!’. 15% maximum increase in performance in a very specific game or scenario isn’t unheard of for normal driver updates… So this really isn’t all that exciting.

    It’s sort of interesting how AMD and Nvidia go out of their way to continually tweak games that have been out for awhile. I mean if you haven’t played the game, it’s probably pretty cool… but that’s generally not the way gamers work. Usually you play it after release or within a month or two, but after that you usually don’t see it again.

    Perhaps if they worked on more generalizeable solutions that apply to everything across the board, instead of specific scenarios it would actually be more useful to gamers and users of their cards.

    …although hardware review websites still use a rather static set of benchmarks (even TR does, although they refresh them). This isn’t the same as the scenario where all the hardware review websites used the same Futuremark to quantify how awesome video cards were in the early 00s. That just lead AMD/Nvidia to simply focus driver updates on that specific program to look better then everyone else. It is similar in nature though.

    I like where AMD is going with things, by optimizing their video card overall rather then looking to make better for a specific scenario.

      • I.S.T.
      • 7 years ago

      The comments section today is going to give me [i<]brain damage[/i<] from all the banging my head into my desk I am doing. Do you really think Intel(Yes you didn't mention them but let's face it they are massively improving on the driver front here and trying to do the same things AMD/Nvidia do), AMD and Nvidia don't try to both optimize certain games or certain situations in certain games AND general optimizations? Really? Really?! Hell, back in 2008 or so AMD put out a driver update where one of the release notes was an up to x% speed up in Halo CE for god's sakes. Halo CE! An X-Box port! Also, you're putting your own gaming habits and assuming they belong to most people. A lot of people keep plugging at a game over and over for whatever reason(Often it's multiplayer, but far from always), a lot don't. A lot mix and match, playing certain games most weekends with friends or whatever and then playing some/most games for a while then putting them down to either never or rarely touch again for whatever reason.

        • Bensam123
        • 7 years ago

        Yes? I don’t believe a driver team has unlimited resources so they can’t focus on all areas at all times. Giving 110% to all areas doesn’t happen. You can redistribute resources to focus on areas, but there isn’t a infinite amount that you can keep ‘doing better then you’re currently doing’ on all areas. It’s logically and physically impossible.

        Not sure what Halo CE had to do with the above…

        I disagree. I know a lot of people stop playing a game prematurely, but very few people that come back to games after they’ve stopped playing them. Something like CoD4 single player is done over a week or so.

        When you’re talking about multiplayer experiences, that’s very different… But Skyrim is not multiplayer. Generally speaking newer games die out over time too… So the older the game is, less people play it from a multiplayer perspective. There are a couple games that far outlive a one or two year life span, but generally speaking it’s rare.

        So this goes back to tweaking and optimizing benchmarking suites that a lot of testers use to look better in the end results. Games like Crysis 2 of which almost no one plays multiplayer and people have long since played through the singleplayer (or simply stopped playing all together).

        Perhaps the cause of your post is the brain damage induced by ramming your head into a solid object?

    • travbrad
    • 7 years ago

    Bar graphs that start at 0? How did their marketing department let that slip through?

    • henfactor
    • 7 years ago

    Many many points awarded for Ferb reference-

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    Isn’t ‘purportedly’ some kind of Australian sea turtle?

      • Damage
      • 7 years ago

      …purportedly.

    • jeffcutsinger
    • 7 years ago

    10.9% is most definitely precise, but it may not be accurate.

      • Damage
      • 7 years ago

      Ah, yes.

        • Meadows
        • 7 years ago

        I’d wager he pointed it out so you’d correct it. :b

      • gigapants
      • 7 years ago

      I only trust benchmark results with at least 4 significant digits.

    • odizzido
    • 7 years ago

    What’s with the “Nvidia/AMD were sitting on extra performance” theories? If AMD could have, I am sure they would have increased performance with drivers rather than cutting prices. As for Nvidia, it sounds more like a panic move because they don’t want to cut prices. I seem to recall a number of image quality sacrifices for extra FPS a while back so I am pretty dubious about their claims.

    Or perhaps it is just 15% in one game if you stare into a candle sitting on grass with a claymore beside it while casting a healing spell at exactly 5:53PM.

      • I.S.T.
      • 7 years ago

      *bangs head against wall*

      These are incredibly complex microchips, and AMD’s in particular is a rather new thing to them. You don’t think that possibly, just maybe, stuff is far from fully optimized? Especially for AMD, as, once again, this is an arch that is less than a year old?

      In addition, Nvidia hasn’t cut corners on image quality since the 7xxx days, unlike AMD whose AF was worse than Nvidia’s measurably until the latest gen.

      • Goty
      • 7 years ago

      There have been quite a few IQ tests for the new AMD drivers and, apart from one apparently unrelated Skyrim lighting bug, they appear to be just fine.

        • I.S.T.
        • 7 years ago

        He was referring to Nvidia’s FX 5xxx days… *sigh* why do people still drag that up. it’s ancient history in PC tech terms.

        • fergdog
        • 7 years ago

        He said it was fixed last gen goty, and was only talking about AF quality.

          • I.S.T.
          • 7 years ago

          That was my post, not odizzido’s, and I was referring to the current GCN cards.

        • Klimax
        • 7 years ago

        Actually there is report about loss of significant detail (trees and grass) in Alan Wake on Radeons.
        (Czech source: [url<]http://pctforum.tyden.cz/viewtopic.php?p=8387952#p8387952[/url<] Screenshots: [url<]http://www.abload.de/img/alanwake_radeonm1qfg.jpg[/url<] vs [url<]http://www.abload.de/img/alanwake_geforceiao3y.jpg[/url<] ) Also reportedly TRAA is ignored too. (Same post) Bing Translate - 14th post as autojump doesn't appear to work: [url<]http://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?from=&to=en&a=http%3A%2F%2Fpctforum.tyden.cz%2Fviewtopic.php%3Fp%3D8387952%23wrapheader[/url<] Note: Google translate cannot be used because it was IP banned for spam... (And Bing Translation is not that bad.) I'd love to see some IQ comparisons again including Gaming Evolved titles.

          • I.S.T.
          • 7 years ago

          If you look, you’ll see the grass is being partially rendered. Seems like a plain ol’ bug to me.

    • I.S.T.
    • 7 years ago

    And I go to see the release notes, and they are missing. How irritating.

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    Well yeah sure, but Mr. Wasson, any rumours about dem 8000 series?

    • Vasilyfav
    • 7 years ago

    Up to 15% in games no one cares about on the super high end video cards, a.k.a. affecting 0.01% of the customer base.

    I’m sure those extra 1.5 fps in Dragon Boredom 2 were critical for 680 GTX owners.

      • I.S.T.
      • 7 years ago

      Regardless of Skyrim’s quality, saying it’s a game no one cares about? Get some perspective, it sold millions.

        • alienstorexxx
        • 7 years ago

        get some perspective, it’s an indoor situation on a open world game! purportedly…

          • travbrad
          • 7 years ago

          For the GTX660 it says “Performance increased by 6.2% at 1920×1080 when using High settings in an [b<]outdoor[/b<] scenario". The GTX680 says it has increases in indoor areas. So it sounds like all areas have a performance improvement, not just indoor/outdoor. The GTX660 is probably relevant to a lot more people too. Not many people have $500 video cards

      • Arclight
      • 7 years ago

      What are you even doing here? Are you lost?

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    Magical driver tit-for-tat competition time!

    (Who wants to bet that Nvidia & AMD both intentionally released slow drivers then undid the slowness in the new drivers to get the magical performance jump?)

      • Firestarter
      • 7 years ago

      Oh yes it certainly makes sense to intentionally hold back your halo product’s performance when your competitor has the advantage! Totally!

        • sschaem
        • 7 years ago

        When the HD7 serie came out it was on top, no need to get an extra 10% on the competition.
        When the 6 serie came out it was on top, no need to get an extra 10% on the competition.

        Now the 7 serie get the 10% boost making it the fastest card,
        And the 6 serie get that 10% boost to. >1 day after<

        And the odds of this being a coincidence is pretty slim.

        I dont think AMD was sitting on this, but nVidia seem like they where waiting for the opportune time.

          • Diplomacy42
          • 7 years ago

          Well, obviously. I mean its been a whole 2 weeks since they released the whql. what are the odds that they were really working on the drivers for all that time?

          Actually, I think Nvidia has the next 10-20 driver releases all lined up, each with a 15% performance boost. I’m sure they are just waiting for the right time.

          Its poor sportsmanship to optimize your products when you already have the lead.

            • I.S.T.
            • 7 years ago

            I love this post.

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