Benchmarks & Performance Analysis

Here are our results of thirty-two games and 3 synthetics compared between GeForce 353.30 WHQL drivers, and GeForce 353.62 WHQL drivers using GTX 980 Ti and GTX 980 Ti SLI.  Each set of WHQL drivers is compared against the other in adjoining results column and the higher performance number is in bold. If there is a tie, both results are given in bold type.

main-chartWe note mostly minor improvements with Nvidia’s new GeForce 353.62 over the older 353.30 drivers, however, there are a few standouts in a few games.  However, we generally see improvement and especially with SLI.  Evolve 2015-07-29 12-47-34-54

For example, formerly playing with GTX 980 Ti SLI on GeForce 353.30 drivers, Evolve was plagued with flashing textures that are now completely fixed by the latest drivers.

The Witcher 3 got some nice performance increases with the latest driver for GTX 980 Ti although the single GPU results did not fare as well.

Conclusion:

So far, we would recommend upgrading to the latest GeForce 353.62 driver because there are generally incremental advantages, and no large performance-impacting negatives that we encountered.  It is Nvidia’s WHQL driver for Windows 10, and we will be using it next to compare performance of Windows 8.1 with Windows 10.

VanHelsing_x64 2015-07-29 16-59-08-36It is also the driver to use for the latest  really fun games that we are playing including the Witcher 3, ProjectCARS and Batman: Arkham Knight.  It appears that Nvidia intends to release a WHQL driver with each new major PC release and we are looking forward to evaluating the next one.   We are using it now to play Van Helsing II with no issues as we tend to also visit older games that we missed.

Stay tuned, next up we are benching for an upcoming driver performance evaluation of AMD’s newest Windows 10 driver, due this weekend.  In the meantime, join BTR’s Community for great tech discussions and also feel free to comment on this Performance Analysis in the comments section below.

Happy gaming!