New Nvidia Drivers 295.73 Improve Performance in Skyrim

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[citation][nom]KT_WASP[/nom]Are those 3rd party results (ie Tom's own) or are those results published by Nvidia?[/citation]

This is your first time seeing an nVIDIA GeForce driver performance slide? Wow. I would of thought the green and black theme would of been a dead giveaway regardless.

*shrugs*
 

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I'm happy that my video card isn't intermittently crashing/losing signal with my monitor everytime I'm on Firefox. That was a problem with one of the more recent NVIDIA drivers.
 

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Please rename this driver into 295.73 skyrim edition, as it doesnt really help on other games other than breaking it. Yes BF3 still have prob with this.
 

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[citation][nom]Devoteicon[/nom]More than likely they are from Nvidia judging by the choice of colors (black and green).[/citation]
Yes, those are from Nvidia. I've looked at their charts before, exactly the same colour scheme and layout.
 

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It's just amazing how much better Skyrim runs now on my Phenom II+GTX460 than it did at launch. My lowest FPS in Whiterun used to be 19 FPS. Now it's 33 FPS, even with the high-res texture pack installed and Performance Ambient Occlusion enabled. This is is in "Ultra" mode but with FXAA instead of "real" FSAA.
 
VSYNC@60FPS?

It's probably a coincidence, but it almost looks like the "bottleneck" isn't the CPU but rather VSYNC being enabled forcing a maximum of about 60FPS.

Since it probably IS the CPU, there are two possible ways to get around this bottleneck:

#1) improve multi-threading (if all the threads aren't fully utilized), and/or,

#2) rewrite some code to be run on the graphics card instead of the CPU.

*I suspect we'll continue to see periodic optimizations for both the CPU and Graphics card.

**For those building a new Gaming PC with enough money, you may wish to see what components (i.e. CPU and Graphics Card mainly) can run this game maxed-out at over 60FPS (to get VSYNC working at 60FPS).

Keep in mind, many people dislike SLI and Crossfire due to the Micro-stutter and other issues.

For the graphics card, maybe an HD7970 or GTX680?? (when the GTX680 comes out)
 
Sapphire HD7950 OC version:

I was SHOCKED when an official testing source OVERCLOCKED this card successfully by 45% using nothing but the stock cooling. (I can't reliably overclock my HD5870 by even 5%).

This card is definitely on my list, although I'm waiting for the new NVIDIA cards until I decide on a new card.

*This card has a dual-BIOS, and the price of this card is quite reasonable.
 
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