GeForce 417.01 Driver Performance Analysis featuring the RTX 2070 FE and the EVGA GTX 1060/6 SC using 37 Games

As a returning feature for BabelTechReviews, this driver performance analysis will show the performance of 37 PC games including Battlefield V and Hitman 2 using the latest GeForce Game Ready 417.02 Driver which released four days ago. We will compare these drivers versus the 416.94 drivers from two weeks ago using the RTX 2070 Founders Edition and also the EVGA GTX 1060 SC.

Future BTR driver performance analysis will track the progress of every major driver release from NVIDIA and from AMD, and so we will also compare performance of the Red Devil RX Vega 56 and the RX 590 which are natural competitors of the RTX 2070 and the GTX 1060 SC.  AMD has just released a new Adrenalin 18.12.1 software edition driver yesterday and we will cover it’s performance changes by next week.

We will document the performance changes of the current GeForce 417.01 driver versus 416.94 on Windows 10 at 1920×1080 and at 2560×1440 resolutions.  Our testing platform is a recent install of Windows 10 64-bit Home Edition, and we are using a Core i7-8700K which turbos all 6 cores to 4.7 GHz, an EVGA Z370 FTW motherboard, and 16GB of HyperX DDR4 3333MHz. The games tested, settings, and hardware are identical except for the drivers being compared.

Let’s get to the test configuration, to the driver release notes, and then to our results.