Benchmarks & Performance Analysis
Here are our results of 26 games and 3 synthetics compared between GeForce 355.82 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.
We note mostly real improvements with Nvidia’s new GeForce 355.82 over the older 353.62 drivers, including a few standouts in some games. We generally see improvements and a possible rebalancing of GTX 980 Ti SLI for improvement at the lower resolutions.
ProjectCars got some nice performance increases with the latest driver for GTX 980 Ti although there was a big decrease in performance at the highest resolution with GTX 980 Ti SLI in the Witcher 3. Several games had rather large patches applied between driver revisions, including the Witcher 3, GTA V, and Batman Arkham Knight which may skew the results.
We would recommend upgrading to the latest GeForce 355.82 driver because there are generally incremental advantages, and no large performance-impacting negatives that we have encountered. It is Nvidia’s latest WHQL driver for Windows 10, and we will be using it next to compare performance of AMD’s R9 390X and 290X with the GTX 970 and the GTX 980.
It is also the driver to use for the latest really fun games that we are playing, including Mad Max, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Killing Floor 2. 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. Mad Max is a lot of fun and we are using the latest GeForce 355.82 drivers now to play it with no issues.
Stay tuned, next up we are benching for an upcoming driver performance evaluation of AMD’s newest Catalyst 15-8 Windows 10 driver, due this week. 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.