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Submitted by Entropic 1450d ago | news

Skyrim Graphics Enhancements and 45% Performance Boost with Latest nVidia Drivers

Earlier today, nVidia and their collection of lean, mean, and green graphics cards got a driver update that will offer significant performance gains in Skyrim and Mass Effect 3, among others. nVidia is reporting that the new WHQL-certified driver in the R295 driver family will offer a 45% performance boost in Skyrim, up to double the performance in Mass Effect 3 for SLI configurations, SSAO (Screen Space Ambient Occlusion) support for Modern Warfare 3, Diablo III, and Skyrim, and a wealth of other improvements ranging from SLI optimizations to 3D vision support. (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Diablo III, Mass Effect 3, PC, Tech, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)

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Genecalypse   1450d ago | Offensive
AllroundGamer  +   1450d ago
even if i have an Ati radeon 6950 card i have to say Nvidia have some good programmers if they can optimize the drivers this good (hopefully without limiting visuals in the game...)
pr0digyZA  +   1449d ago
Ye it definately is true, With all my mods (graphical) the game was beginning to get slower. I put these on and now its playing better than before the mods. Also they enhanced the SSAO in the game.
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pandehz  +   1450d ago
ATI sucks.

I always stuck with NVIDIA for the past 6 years or so(7600gs,9600gt and gtx 260m) and everything worked great, last year I acquired an ATI 5850m and all hell broke loose.

ATI drivers are terrible and very sparse updates. Even the updates are very minor. Till today RAGE performs crap, same with Brink and many other games. There are many games just google ati performance problems and you'll see whats been happening.

This will be my first and last ATI card ever. I should have read the forums of many game sites complaining bout ATI cards before I switched sides. Later this year I'm going back home to Nvidia.

ATI hardware is pretty decent, runs on low power, quite cool cards but support is terrible.

Nvidia cards truly bring out the game in a game. Even with my first lowly 7600gs I played Crysis on medium settings at 1024x768 and it hit 30fps surprisingly, while at that time Ati users were facing a problem where they could see a line passing through in the middle of the game.
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iamgoatman  +   1449d ago
Oh please, Nvidia are FAR from perfect when it comes to drivers, they've both had their fair share of problems and just singling out AMD is pure fanboyism.

"ATI drivers are terrible and very sparse updates."

AMD release 1 official release a month along with numerous preview and beta as well, I'd hardly call that sparse.

"There are many games just google ati performance problems"

You can do the same thing and replace ATI with Nvidia and get the same number of results. If you think it's only AMD that have problems you're so wrong, remember those drivers Nvidia released a bit back that fried cards?

"Nvidia cards truly bring out the game in a game."

What a complete load of bollocks. I've owned numerous GPU's from both Nvidia and AMD over the years and the gaming experience has been the same with all of them, to say that Nvidia "bring out the game" is laughable, but your whole post is nothing but trolling so it's hardly surprising.
Solid_Snake37  +   1449d ago
wow video card fanboys?? Now i have seen everything
pandehz  +   1449d ago
Lol Im not a fanboy, Ive had little to no problems with my past experiences with Nvidia. Just putting my experiences out there.
iamgoatman  +   1449d ago

You've never seen Nvidia/AMD fanboys? Visit some tech sites and prepare to have your mind blown.


Stating your own personal experience and saying "ATI sucks" and their "drivers are terrible and very sparse" which is complete nonsense btw, are two very different things. You were trolling plain and simple, not to mention completely off-topic.
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Play2Win  +   1450d ago
Wow, I will test this with my card! Nvidia FtW!
Faelan  +   1449d ago
Damn impressive boost considering that we're just talking software optimization here.

I've been using nVidia ever since I replaced my Voodoo card with a GeForce 256 back in the day.

I've come close to switching sides a couple of times, but it has always come down to ATI's abysmal driver support which has kept me from doing just that.

It's a shame because I do feel ATI delivers in terms of hardware, but all the horror stories I've read and keep reading about buggy drivers kills any desire for me to want to try out the competition.

nVidia is not perfect though... they've made a couple of pretty big stinkers with their drivers as well and as a result, I always wait at least a week or two before updating drivers and that's assuming the drivers actually improve something regarding the games I have installed at that time. If they don't, I just keep using my current drivers. You know... the old 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' saying.
SP3333D-O  +   1449d ago
Extra sugar is sweet, and that's a lot of sugar! Only thing better would have been it arriving before the 275 hour mark.
superrey19  +   1449d ago
45% percent performance boost in skyrim?? That's awesome considering the game already ran great. Will allow people to bump up their settings a little more
Entropic  +   1449d ago
I'm hoping that this boost can in some way help to prevent the copious crashes I've experienced recently. I have a super powered gaming PC as well, so I'd rather have stability than a performance boost at this point.

SSOA is awesome though.
syeates  +   1449d ago
hey guys im a console gamer but im moving in to pc now since its just lightyears ahead of the game, Unfortunately the specs still sound like jargon to me, I was hoping you guys could help me out like What kind of NVIDIA driver should I get, and Do i need a quad core CPU or is DUO core fine. Thank you for your time guys.
Entropic  +   1449d ago
It really varies. I would recommend going with a quad core if you're getting a new PC though, as it will be good now, and help prepare you for future titles much better than a dual core will.

As for graphics card, it depends on your budget. I would definitely wait until nVidia's keplar (600 series) cards release though. That way you should be able to get a 500 series card for less, or you can get a 600 series card and have cutting edge tech. It does depend on your budget though.
caboose32  +   1449d ago
Go ahead and ask in the PC forum here. I'm sure the community would be more then happy to help you there.
hellvaguy  +   1449d ago
You def need a quad because it will require using a different motherboard, which is a pain/expense to upgrade later. Alot of games now are optimized for quads, and soon 6-core will be th new standard (they are already out, but dont add any benefits for gaming).
superrey19  +   1448d ago
Don't really understand your first question, you typically just get the latest driver. But if by driver you mean which graphics card to get, then yeah you can wait for nvidia's next line-up of cards or get something that's out now (gtx550 and up). AMD cards are also an option, they are cheaper but are a bit lackluster when it comes to driver support. Opt for a quad core for sure.

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