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caramelised
12-30-04, 10:43 PM
Hiya ppl, I thought I download a few of the more popular driver sets for the 6800 series a run a few benchmarks. Two of the drivers I tested were the official releases, two were the Xtreme G drivers, as there seems to have been some pretty positive feedback about these. Down the bottom are the settings for each test.

Half-life 2 [CS Stress Test]
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Test 1:
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66.93 - 131.87
67.03 - 129.64 [XG]
71.20 - 131.43
71.20b - 130.22 [XG]
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Test 2:
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66.93 - 96.40
67.03 - 96.87 [XG]
71.20 - 98.66
71.20b - 99.74 [XG]

Doom3 [Demo1]
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Test 1:
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66.93 - 70.7
67.03 - 60.9 [XG]
71.20 - 72.3
71.20b - 70.9 [XG]
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Test 2:
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66.93 - 10.2
67.03 - 10.2 [XG]
71.20 - 11.7
71.20b - 11.5 [XG]

HL2 Test1 = 1280x960 4x AA 4x AF; everything on high
HL2 Test2 = 1600x1200 2x AA 8x AF; everything on high

Doom3 Test1 = 1280x1024 AA off; HQ
Doom3 Test2 = 1600x1200 8x AA; HQ
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Looking at them all I expected to see a larger difference between each driver version! I spent time playing HL2 and Doom3 with each set as well to see how it coped with standard gameplay.

I think the best were the 71.20 official release, 71.20b seemed to perform slightly better in D3D but the IQ in the official release seemed much better. Also when I run the HL2 Stress Test in 1600x1200 with the 71.20b I would get strange purple textures! Is this the shimmering bug that's been dicussed? I didn't seem to get it in any other drivers and only at 1600x1200.

I'll be grabbing some more dirvers off this site and doing some more benchamarking soon, if has any suggestions of which drivers I should be trying for my setup then it would be appreciated!