they are official or "leaked", rarely has there
been a lack of new drivers for nVidia video cards. With
all these releases floating around, it's difficult to
know which version to use. The old adage the newer the
better doesn't always hold true.
been awhile since I've updated my Driver Comparison.
The reason is pretty tragic, er I mean simple...I traded
my Elsa Erazor X in for an Erazor X2, but it got delayed.
While I was waiting for the new GeForce DDR card to
grace my ol' desktop, some newly "leaked"
drivers appeared that created quite a buzz.
there were the 5.08 drivers that stunned many people.
Not only were there reports of improved performance,
but these drivers added two new features: support for
S3TC texture compression and Full Screen Anti-Aliasing
(FSAA) in OpenGL. Unfortunately, many users found these
drivers to be very unstable. Just as the talk was beginning
to die down about these drivers, the 5.13 drivers burst
on to the scene. From most reports, these drivers were
more stable than the 5.08's. Additionally, the 5.13
drivers included FSAA for Direct3D. From reviews I've
read, while the FSAA looks great, it comes at a major
performance hit. It looks like much of the FSAA processing
is done in software. The S3TC seems to work well and
is a nice treat in games that support it (i.e. Quake
round of benchmarks I've retired Dagoth Moor Zoological
Gardens. With the proliferation of DVD drives, PC's
are being used for all types of entertainment including
DVD movies. Consequently, in DMZG's place I've added
Mad Onion's Video 2000. The drivers tested are version
3.68 (last official release of the reference drivers
from nVidia), version 3.77 (last leaked 3.XX drivers)
and version 5.13 (latest leaked drivers).
Erazor X2 (GeForce DDR)
Crucial PC133 memory
I have "high" image quality selected in Display
Properties. The Erazor X2 is not overclocked. Sidebanding
was enabled (checked using PCI List).