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Old 10-30-03, 04:05 PM   #1
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Default 2001 Nature optimisations for Nvidia are gone with latest drivers...

Or They at least appear to be.

I plugged in my Geforce FX 5900 today and did a 3dmark2001 run, To my surprise when I loaded nature I saw a huge quality increase, Expecially on the water, I mean, It looked great. And IMO the scene ran and looked a whole lot better.

I also noticed that with 2001 the Nature score drops significantly from older drivers, Has anyone else noticed this? Your thoughts on this?
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Old 10-30-03, 04:10 PM   #2
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I wouldn't be surprised if NV had updated to Divx 5 for the avi's of all the benchmarks that they keep embedded in those huge drivers...
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How much did your total score drop?
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How much did your total score drop?

Like 1,000 points, It's obviously nature optimisations. I only get like 85 FPS in the Nature Demo

And like I said, the water looks MUCH better than the old optimised water.
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Old 10-30-03, 04:40 PM   #5
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Eh not that this is a bad thing, but they probably just removed them as they deem 01 not as important as 03 now and besides this way they can free up a little more space in their drivers to add a few more "optimizations" elsewhere.
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I wonder if some optimizations will be removed after the NV40 comes out? Will nVidia still take the time to optimize new games for their old NV3x line of cards?
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I was wondering that a few weeks back...I was about to start a lengthy thread on it too...and then the HL2 bombshell hit and it wasn't worth it anymore as the thread would have been lost in the noise. I would hope that they remove them...and I would bet they will...look how fast they disowned the 5800. Makes you wonder though...if it (optimization) still has a benefit for the NV40 and up cards would they remove it even though they would lose performance? From their past actions it appears that if the optimization still provided a benefit they wouldn't remove it till the application is either obsolete or even without the optimization they can score higher than the competition.
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Nope.... I think the they will take the high road like ati did and stay with DX specs this time.

Maybe they learned there lesson.
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Chris, your totally right about the new drivers being slower - ive lost in the region of 1000marks with the new drivers. i used to max out around 105fps at the start of 'nature' - now im down to around 75. not a major snag because all games still run just as fast, but it does make my o/c'ed 4200 scores seem not quite as good!
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Hmm... methinks it would be nice to run benchies with the "best for '01" FX compatible drivers and compare them to 52.16... 40.71?? Or is that version too early???
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Again, all I can say is "stay tuned." Real life issues have slowed done my testing. And Diablo2 1.10 patch sure hasn't helped things either
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In 3DMark01, my nature score did drop a bit, but my other scores went up. Overall, these drivers gave me a 100 point increase over 45.23.
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