NVidia recently released a PhysX update for the 8series graphics cards and higher, which has lowered the performance scale on some Vista PCs.
Drama Queen. Who even compares Vista scores. Use a real benchmark. If the update has improved actual gaming performance I wouldnt care if Vista gave it a 1.
Single-channel and Dual-channel memory. Its internal 'benchmark' scores are meaningless.
All benchmark tools are just scales. I personally gave up on the chase for better scores long ago and I just stick with the FACTS. Sure, they provide a great estimate about your hardware, but the thing is people like Futuremark are constantly innovating their products, and catering toward extreme gamers, who usually like to just gloat about their setup. And once they've moved on to a new series of graphics and cpus, the previous gen will fare less and less well with its new metrics. WEI is a great attempt by Microsoft to try and keep the scale uniform, only scaling upwards to make room for newer tech as it comes along. That's the best way to try and gauge a computer's faults and strengths.
About these drivers, I am running modded INF 177.92 (since this is a notebook GPU), with its support for OGL3.0 and CUDA enabled PhysX. I did see my WEI score go down afterward. Processor: (4.6) "Intel Core2 Duo T5250 @ 1.5GHz" Memory: (4.6) "2x Hynix 1GB DDR2 PC2 5300" Desktop Aero: (4.5) (down from 4.9) "nVidia GeForce 8600m GS 256MB" Gaming Graphics: (5.3) "1024MB total graphics memory 256 + 768" Primary Hard Disk: (4.6) "2x Fujitsu 120GB 5400rpm SATA 150 8MB cache" Also, I had a good question as to why I'd be scoring less in Desktop Graphics than in Gaming Graphics. Would anything I do in the nVidia control Panel affect the score (like putting on 16xQ AA, 16xAF, and enabling Super Sampling)?
J/k Who cares about that stupid score anyways.
What driver verison is this referencing to? The last update was June 23rd and the driver version is 175.19. Am I missing something here? Is there a new one that is scheduled to be on the website in the next couple days? Would be nice if there was a reference to what driver version this article is referencing to; thanks.
Drivers are released by nvidia just about every month, but oems like release their own versions as well. Usually the oem drivers will have model specific updates, though nvidia drivers are ALL UDA (universal driver architecture) meaning that one version should be able to run on all of their chipsets. But, when it comes to oem drivers nvidia it's up to the oem to support them. So all nvidia does i release a SERIES (like the 17x series) and then makes regular updates to those (177, 178, so on) and then oems make their minor revisions (177.3, 177.4 so on) and then there might be even FURTHER revisions to those (177.32, 177.33 so on). Running a modded INF driver lets you install any drivers with any graphics, but you lose the whql signature since in essence MS didn't certify what YOU have with THOSE drivers. Only what was listed in the original INF.
This article is referring to driver 177.92. NVIDIA releases new beta drivers about every week or two. Official WHQLs come every couple months or every new graphics card release in order to support them.
well it does remove some gpu capability and use it for the physx api of corse it will lower your score cause vista isnt running physx
Only noobs use that... Try a real benchmarking program.
Vista's WEI is not a GAMING benchmark. But it was never intended to be one! WEI stands for WINDOWS Experience Index. The only thing you should be getting from your WEI score is how well Vista will run on your PC, as well as what programs (that are WEI aware) will run on it. For gaming (which has always been about hardcore scores) you go to Futuremark. And then in a couple years time, your PC will need to be upgraded just to get good scores in that years version.
Alright people settle down, first off let me start by saying I have the new PhysX drivers installed for my BFG 8800GTS 640mb, after reading this article I decided to go back and run the Windows Experience test again... and guess what?! Every score stayed the same... Processor: 5.7 Memory: 5.9 Graphics: 5.9 Gaming Graphics: 5.9 Primary hard disk: 5.7 Overall score determined by lowest subscore: 5.7 How did I manage to get the same score you ask? I turned off PhysX processing... because you see, Nvidia now allocates some GPU processing power specifically for PhysX. My simple analysis is, most video games and Vista don't take advantage of PhysX, meaning that allocation set aside is not being used when otherwise it would be, thus potentially lowering performance in games a tad bit... or in this case, a score issued by Microsoft. Click start menu, programs, under Nvidia Corparation you can open up PhysX Properties, go to settings tab and mark the "No Acceleration" bubble. End Story.
Windows experience score is pointless. 3dmark06/3dmark vantage score is the only benchmarks that really matter for graphics performance.
You can even edit the Windows experience score lol. Plus Nvidia just release a good driver which won't give me bluescreens god damn their drivers are crap.
Ive been using nvidia for 8+ years and havent had a single driver issue to date. ATI on the other hand is a completely different story.
dual memory, kool
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