Nvidia's GeForce GTX 480: Before And After A Year Of Driver Updates

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[citation][nom]PudgyChicken[/nom]Well this makes me feel markedly better about having 2x GTX 480s in SLI...[/citation]

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I'm sure i once read an article talking about NV and AMD releasing deliberately bad drivers at launch and then making incremental improvements over the life cycle of the product to give it perceived added value. It obviously doesn't work, but i can see where they are coming from, from a purely business point of view.
 

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Since most video card reviews are done on the day the card is released, it is in the best interest of the card maker to have the best possible drivers available at that time.

On a related note, I think reviewers should re-bench the HD6850 and HD6870 (among others) that were released with drivers that incorporated Image Quality Hacks that improved performance by 6-10% at the expense of image quality. Most of these hacks have subsequently been removed from the latest drivers, but those original performance benches are still the ones being used for most comparisons.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-570-gf110-performance,2806-5.html
 

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Travish82, Guru3D did the same test using an i7 965 and the FPS in the same testing area was 55. I guess a newer CPU will help the FPS as much as the drivers.
 
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It would be nice to see what happens with older video cards, they get some attention too? Is it better to use newer drivers?
More speed is very important for cards like a 9600GT...
 
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