nVidia Driver Update

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nVidia has a new driver out today, version 301.42. This is the first WHQL-certified driver in the 300 release series.

This update provides WHQL support for the 600 series nVidia cards.

It provides performance improvements for 500 series cards.

There is a whole load of stuff added. FXAA has been improved to be 60% faster at MSAA 4x levels. Adaptive vertical sync has been added. I doubt the SL viewers can use that. Target FPS is included but games have to support it. Does SL? I don’t think so. But, I don’t know. New multi-screen, 3D Vision, and SLI features.

My Experience

The previous driver 301.24 and Second Life were crashing a lot, but I am running the Development viewer (257716). Every so often I would crash and on restart the viewer would be reset to LOW graphics settings.

Turning the setting back to HIGH I get 19-24 FPS on my Core2 Quad w/GTX560Ti. That is just the plain HIGH setting. No Lights & Shadows, Ambient Occlusion, or Sun & Moon.

Adding in Lights & Shadows and Ambient Occlusion I get 19-22 FPS.

Adding in Sun/Moon + Projectors pulls me down to 15-19 FPS.

In a region with 26 dancing people, Kirsie Snowdrop streaming, and lite spamming I slow to 9-10 FPS. As memory use climbed I slowed down to 4 to 6 FPS in the crowd.

It is hard to know if the viewer or the driver is leaking memory. Whichever, there is a leak… or leaks. About an hour in the viewer was using 1.2gb of ram. There is a pretty steady stream of page faults.

I logged of after a couple of hours. I crashed on exit. But, that has been common with the Dev Viewers.

4 thoughts on “nVidia Driver Update

  1. My impression is that FPS got bumpd up by switching to this driver. At the low end, the I got 8-10 FPS, now I get closer to 20 FPS.

  2. Updated last night and my GTX-550 Ti-FPB did certainly improve. Higher frame rates, less clipping and general goodness all around. Also see that my Fav Viewer “Zen” kicked up a notch too with the new drivers.
    Good Update all around.
    PS: Running on Win-7/64

  3. I did a test with the Development viewer Second Life 3.3.3 (258017).

    Prior to updating the driver I was looking at a scene on me estate, getting me a solid 35fps.

    After updating the driver and forcing FXAA on, I was getting a solid 45fps, sometimes 50fps.

    The only changes I made were to update the driver and force FXAA on with the nVidia control panel.

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