Two new drivers surfaced, Nvidia Forceware 190.15 and Nvidia Forceware 186.18. We did our usual tests to find out if there is any improvement in the performance of GTX 280.

Two new drivers surfaced, Nvidia Forceware 190.15 and Nvidia Forceware 186.18. We did our usual tests to find out if there is any improvement in the performance of GTX 280.

We ran a total of nine benchmarks with resolutions from 1680 x 1050 to 2560 x 1600 with varying AA settings in order not to miss out anything.

  1. 3DMark Vantage
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. Far Cry 2
  4. Mirror’s Edge
  5. Left 4 Dead
  6. H.A.W.X
  7. Fallout 3
  8. Deadspace
  9. Call of Duty: World at War

Similar to the previous Nvidia Forceware 186.08 vs 185.85 drivers comparison, Fallout 3 and Deadspace were tested using a manual walkthrough in the game itself and recorded average FPS using FRAPS. COD5 was benched in game too but FPS was recorded during a fire fight instead of a standardised walkthrough. Needless to say, all results shown here are the average scores as we carried out numerous tests in order to ensure our results are accurate.

Benchmarks were ran with a stock Core i7 965 processor, Foxconn Blood Rage, 3 x 2GB Adata rams and Nvidia GTX 280 1GB.

At a glance, you will notice there is not much difference in the FPS of the games tested except in H.A.W.X, Fallout 3 and COD5. The two drivers, 190.15 and 186.18 brought appreciable increase particularly with AA enabled scenarios for H.A.W.X but seems to do poorly in Fallout 3 compared to 185.85. COD5 showed improvements only for the first 3 configurations. On a side note, 190.15 seems to perform poorly for low resolutions in our tests.

 

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