ACS 2015-11-26 20-44-02-58As regularly featured by BabelTechReviews, this driver performance analysis charts the performance of 29 games using the latest GeForce WHQL 359.00 driver that was released primarily for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. We are comparing GeForce WHQL 359.00 versus the Geforce WHQL 358.91 driver that was released October 7, primarily for Fallout 4.

This time, we are going to focus on our latest benchmark, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Yes, you finally get to play as a female Assassin in 1868, London as Evie Frye, Jacob’s twin.

BTR’s The Big Picture, once reserved for video card reviews is now included in every driver performance analysis. We are comparing the GTX 980 Ti versus the Fury X, the GTX 980 versus the R9 390X OC, the GTX 970 OC versus the R9 290X, and 290X CrossFire and GTX 980 SLI results. AMD’s latest Crimson Drivers – Catalyst 15.11.1 – have some serious issues that have evidently damaged some cards, and they should be hotfixed today so we will bring you the latest Fury X, 290X, and 290X CrossFire results later this week in a completely updated Big Picture.

We want to document the performance changes of this current WHQL 359.00 driver since Nvidia’s last WHQL driver set on Windows 10. This driver performance analysis features Nvidia’s top Maxwell gaming GeForce cards. We also added the GALAX GTX 970 EXOC results to our driver analysis and for our very latest DX11 benchmark, Syndicate. We are going to give you the performance results of 29 games using the GTX 970, the GTX 980, the GTX 980 Ti, and GTX 980 Ti SLI at 1920×1080, 2560×1440, and at 3840×2160 resolutions.

Our testing platform is Windows 10 Home 64-bit, using an Intel Core i7-4790K at 4.00GHz which turbos to 4.4GHz for all cores, an ASUS Z97E motherboard, and 16GB of Kingston “Beast” HyperX DDR3 at 2133MHz. The settings and hardware are identical except for the drivers being tested.

At GTX 970 and above, we test at higher settings and resolutions generally than we test midrange and lower-end cards at. All of our games are now tested at three resolutions: 3840×2160, 2560×1440 and 1920×1080 at 60Hz, and we use DX11 whenever possible with a very strong emphasis on the latest games. For our next performance analysis, we will add the R9 280X which has nearly identical performance to the newly-released 380X. Let’s get right to the test configuration, the driver release notes, and then to the results.