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gerardkean
11-11-2003, 03:19 PM
52.16 is out. I downloaded them last week after reading this article. It has the technical reasons why this version makes such an improvment.

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,1374397,00.asp

I can go back to bridge commander now.

Mike
11-11-2003, 03:38 PM
Not a very complimentary review until you start getting into the driver comparisons and see the difference the new driver (apparently) makes.

It does appear, however, that this release is specifically for the FX range of cards (am I wrong?), so probably won't work with GF2-4 etc.

I'm having a bit more of a read elsewhere to findout.

Mike.

gerardkean
11-11-2003, 03:43 PM
yep, that's wrong. Gforce, FX and TNT2 all share the same drivers and driver benefits.

I'm running a TNT2 on a 500mhz machine and so I'm always skeptical. It made a difference.

Mike
11-11-2003, 03:57 PM
> yep, that's wrong. Gforce, FX and TNT2 all share the
> same drivers and driver benefits.
> I'm running a TNT2 on a 500mhz machine and so I'm
> always skeptical. It made a difference.

Right you are :)

From nVidia:

ForceWare Release 50 graphics driver is the graphics driver for all NVIDIA Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). ForceWare Release 50 supports 2D graphics, DirectX 9, OpenGL 1.4, nView Desktop Management software version 2.0, NVRotate. NVKeystone, Digital Vibrance Control and includes a new control panel and the CineFX emulator. Through NVIDIA’s Unified Driver Architecture, ForceWare Release 50 software supports all GPUs below in a single driver.

Products Supported:
TNT2
TNT2 Pro
TNT2 Ultra
TNT2 Model 64 (M64)
TNT2 Model 64 (M64) Pro
Vanta
Vanta LT
GeForce 256
GeForce DDR
GeForce2 MX
GeForce2 MX 100
GeForce2 MX 200
GeForce2 MX 400
GeForce2 GTS
GeForce2 Pro
GeForce2 Ti
GeForce2 Ultra
GeForce3
GeForce3 Ti 200
GeForce3 Ti 500
GeForce4 MX 460
GeForce4 MX 440
GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X
GeForce4 MX440SE with AGP8X
GeForce4 MX 420
GeForce4 Ti 4200
GeForce4 TI 4200 with AGP8X
GeForce4 Ti 4400
GeForce4 Ti 4600
GeForce4 Ti 4800
GeForce4 Ti 4800SE
GeForce FX 5200
GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
GeForce FX 5600
GeForce FX 5600 Ultra
GeForce FX 5800
GeForce FX 5800 Ultra
GeForce FX 5900
GeForce FX 5900 Ultra
GeForce FX 5950 Ultra
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Ultra
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700
Quadro FX 1000
Quadro FX 2000
Quadro
Quadro2 Pro
Quadro2 EX
Quadro2 MXR
Quadro DCC
Quadro4 200 NVS
Quadro4 400 NVS
Quadro4 500 XGL
Quadro4 550 XGL
Quadro4 700 XGL
Quadro4 750 XGL
Quadro4 900 XGL
GeForce2 MX Integrated graphics
GeForce4 MX Integrated graphics
GeForce FX 5600SE
Quadro FX 500
Quadro FX 1000
Quadro FX 2000
Quadro FX 3000

NOTE: GeForce2 Go and GeForce4 Go mobile processors are not supported in this driver. Please contact the notebook's manufacturer for graphics drivers for your notebook PC.

That said though, the forum attached to the review site above holds some opinions of the new drivers - most of them aren't good ones :(

Mike

gerardkean
11-11-2003, 04:14 PM
The early 50.xx drivers did have bad effects for a few people (I know someone in a lan club with some stories). The idea is to stay away from versions 50.xx up to 52.16 but 52.16 are good.

Since I got bitten bad with the 7.0 release of directX. I make a point of reading reviews and user opinions first.

Appart from mobile chipsets, the riva and riva 128 aren't supported.

Mike
11-11-2003, 05:06 PM
> The early 50.xx drivers did have bad effects for a
> few people (I know someone in a lan club with some
> stories). The idea is to stay away from versions
> 50.xx up to 52.16 but 52.16 are good.
>
> Since I got bitten bad with the 7.0 release of
> directX. I make a point of reading reviews and user
> opinions first.

Well did you read the user opinions of the 52.16 attached to that review? They weren't that appreciative - and they weren't talking about earlier releases, they were talking about the 52.16 (as that's what the review was about).

Mike.

revspecies116
11-11-2003, 05:30 PM
Hi Guys

WARNING

These drivers are optimised for DX9 games.

OpenGL games still have performance issues.
For example, games like Homeworld 2 still do
not benefit from these drivers.

I say again - DX9 optimised. If you have DX9
games, I recommend these drivers. For openGL
games I would stick with 44.03 drivers. nVidia
is working on OGL optimisations hopefully for the
next release.


Rev Species 116