Benchmarks & Performance Analysis

GeForce 364.51 versus GeForce 365.10

Here are our results of 25 games and 1 synthetic compared between GeForce 364.51 WHQL drivers, and GeForce 365.10 WHQL drivers using the 980, and the GTX 980 Ti.

Each set of drivers are compared against the other in the adjoining results column.

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We can see good performance gains for the GTX 980 Ti with the newest drivers with our target games although generally there were decent performance increases overall. ARMA III is CPU bound at 1920×1080 as the GTX 980 actually got a higher average framerate than the GTX 980 Ti.

Catalyst Crimson Software 16.3 versus 16.4.1

In the chart below, we track the Fury X and the 290X from Crimson Software16.3 to hotfix 16.4.1.

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We can see good performance gains for Fury X with 16.4.1 even over 16.3, and even the 290X got some nice performance improvements.  There were some issues with being able to change resolutions with GRiD: Autosport with Fury X as the 290X showed improvements with the lower resolution while Fury X didn’t.  There was also a lot of flickering with The Division at 4K resolution with Fury X that the 290X did not exhibit.  However, Fury X showed improved memory management with Wolfenstein while 290X is barely a slideshow.

AMD vs Nvidia – Fury X vs GTX 980 Ti and 280X & 290X vs. GTX 970 & GTX 980

Of course, we want to directly compare the Fury X versus the GTX 980 Ti and the 290X versus the GTX 980.

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Finally, let’s check out our bigger picture next.

The Big Picture

The Big Picture, once reserved solely for our video card reviews, has been recently expanded to feature all of our competing top video cards on recent drivers. We are benching the GTX 980 Ti and the GTX 980 versus the Fury X, the GTX 970 OC versus the R9 290X and even the 280X; and for added information, 290X CrossFire and GTX 980 SLI results.  We even include the GTX 680 and the HD 7970 as well as the GTX 780 ti on recent drivers.

This time, “X” means the benchmark was not run, and “NA” means the benchmark could not be run or completed. And an Asterisk (*) means that there are some real issues with the visuals.

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Let’s head to our conclusion.

Conclusion:

We would recommend upgrading to the latest GeForce 365.10 drivers as they have brought some improvements to some of the very latest games.  There are generally incremental advantages over older drivers, and no large performance-impacting negatives that we have encountered. We recommend always using Nvidia’s latest WHQL driver for Windows 10.

AotS-4AMD’s second latest driver Crimson Software 16.4.1 also brings real performance improvements for the Fury X and other AMD cards over earlier drivers, and we would also recommend upgrading to AMD’s latest drivers.  The very latest driver was released earlier this week as a hotfix, 16.5.1.

GeForce WHQL 365.10 and the latest Crimson Software are generally the best drivers to use for the latest really fun games that we are playing, including Rise of the Tomb Raider, Far Cry Primal, Hitman, and Tom’s Clancy’s The Division.

It appears that both Nvidia and AMD intend to release new drivers with each new major PC game release, and we are looking forward to our next Driver Performance Evaluation. Stay tuned, we are reporting from Austin, Texas, tonight for Nvidia’s big livestream event.feat-image

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