Performance Charts & Conclusion
The Summary Chart
Below are the summary charts of 37 games and 2 synthetic tests. Thirty-seven games compare the performance changes for the RTX 2070 and for the GTX 1060 SC from the last 416.94 GeForce drivers to the most recent 417.01 drivers. The highest settings are always chosen and the settings are listed on the charts. The benches were run at 1920×1080 and at 2560×1440. Open each chart in a separate window or tab for best viewing.
Most results show average framerates and higher is better. Minimum framerates are next to the averages in italics and in a slightly smaller font. A few games benched with OCAT show average framerates but the minimums are expressed by frametimes in ms where lower numbers are better. Performance “wins” between the drivers are shown by yellow numbers and if the performance is equal, both sets of numbers are in yellow.
The first two columns show the RTX 2070 FE’s performance. Columns one represents the latest 417.01 driver and Column two represents 416.94. For comparison, the Red Devil RX Vega 56 is included in the third column. The fourth column and fifth columns represent the EVGA GTX 1060 SC 6GB’s performance – column four uses 417.01, and column five is 416.94. The final sixth column compares the performance of the Red Devil RX 590. An “X” means the benchmark could not be run or compared.
We note mostly incremental performance changes between the latest drivers and the older set with both cards, and the increases are generally as minor as the regressions. However, in a few cases we see slight performance increases with the newest drivers.
Wolfenstein: The New Colossus had serious issues with Mein Leiber settings and the limited vRAM of the GTX 1060, so we dropped our settings to Uber for midrange video cards and the results cannot be compared with the last driver set nor with the Radeons.
Let’s head to our conclusion.
We would recommend upgrading to the latest Game Ready 416.07 WHQL driver from any older driver set because there are generally stability or performance advantages for the newest games, depending on which game you are playing. We found the latest drivers to be stable overall, and we experienced no major performance issues while benching or playing any of our 37 games. However, if you are already on GeForce 416.94, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend that you upgrade unless you are playing Darksiders III.
For many games in our benching suite, the GeForce 417.01 Software Edition may bring solid improvement in performance over last month’s drivers, however. The benefits generally outweigh the negatives and they are essential for playing some of the newer games including Battlefield V.
Stay tuned, AMD has just released Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.12.1 yesterday, and we have already started benching them for a brand new driver performance analysis due by Monday. We have also pre-ordered Just Cause 4, and it will become BTR’s 38th benchmark. In the meantime, join BTR’s Community for tech discussions or feel free to comment on this Performance Analysis in the comments section below.