Benchmarks & Performance Analysis
GeForce 368.22 versus GeForce 365.10 & 361.91 (GTX 970)
Here are our results of 25 games and 1 synthetic compared between GeForce 368.22 WHQL drivers, and GeForce 365.10 WHQL drivers using the GTX 980 and the GTX 980 Ti; and compared with GeForce WHQL 361.91 for the GTX 970 EXOC. “X” means the benchmark was not run (particularly in the case of the GTX 970 where 4K is generally too demanding, under 25 fps average; or the game is too new for the older drivers), and “NA” means the benchmark could not be run or completed. And an Asterisk (*) means that there are some real issues with the visuals.
All results except for Firestrike are expressed in average fps (in Bold) and also generally minimum fps (where they make sense, in smaller italics next to the averages).
Each set of drivers are compared against the other in the adjoining results column in white (newest driver) versus black (older drivers).
We can see great performance gains for our test cards with the newest drivers with many games. This driver is very stable and in our opinion, a very worthwhile upgrade. We saw only a few cases with slight decreases that did not affect these few games’ playability. We are quite impressed with GeForce 368.22!
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, TITAN X, the new GTX 1080, and GTX 980 SLI results. Driver revisions for each card are noted on the chart and the AMD cards are benched on their latest series of Crimson Software drivers.
“X” means the benchmark was not run, while “NA” means the benchmark could not be run or completed. And an Asterisk (*) means that there are some real issues with the visuals. All results except for Firestrike are expressed in average fps (in Bold) and also generally minimum fps (where they make sense, in smaller italics next to the average results).
Let’s head to our conclusion.
We would recommend upgrading to the latest GeForce 368.22 drivers as they have brought some solid improvements to most of our tested games. There are generally incremental advantages over older drivers, but with also some rather large performance increases. We always recommend using Nvidia’s latest WHQL driver for Windows 10.
GeForce WHQL 368.22 is generally the best driver to use for the latest really fun games that we are playing, including Rise of the Tomb Raider, Far Cry Primal, Hitman, Tom’s Clancy’s The Division & DOOM.
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 new hardware review before next week.
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