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[rewrite] AMD vs Nvidia: How much of a difference do drivers make?

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AMD vs Nvidia: How much of a difference do drivers make?

tbreak bring us an analisys of the effective impact in performance between the first WHQL certified drivers and the latest ones from either AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

AMD or Nvidia which manufacturer achieved most significant bump in performance till now?

A full year had passed since AMD and NVidia launched their flagship cards, many new games arrived and optimizations along with fixes were made over the past months to unsure better support and stability with the new hardware.

We saw HD 7970 GHz taking the crown of Nvidia GTX 680 for World fastest Single GPU, after that HD 7950 Boost, to keep a certain distance from GTX 660 Ti, and also HD 7870 LE featuring a Tahiti chip.

Battlefield 3 was the Achilles' heel for AMD, but with publication of 12.11 Drivers beta, the things changed a bit, now AMD cards can compete better with Nvidia counterparts in various games, and in Battlefield 3 performance increase was the most remarkable among them, rivaling head-to-head with Nvidia.

The famous TechReport article in December 2012 came to change the perspective of reviews so far mainly concentrated on FPS value.

AMD drivers suffered from heavy frame latency issues, that resulted in an unpleasant gaming experience when compared to Nvidia solutions, in that case was HD 7950 VS GTX 660 TI.

After that warning, AMD decided to focus their attention at latency fixes for some of the most popular titles.

Now in 2013 Futuremark brought us a new addition to the 3Dmark family, making the delights of many benchmarking enthusiasts.

Let´s go straight to the action...

Computer specs:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.5GHz

CPU Cooler: Intel XTS 100H

GPU: AMD HD 7970 (non GHz) & Nvidia GTX 680

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Z 16GB DDR3-1600MHz

PSU: Thortech 850W Thunderbolt Plus

HDD: Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD80

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1

Drivers WHQL:

Catalyst 12.2 & Catalyst 13.1

Geforce 301.10 & Geforce 310.90

3DMark

Games

Difference %

Conclusion

So looking at the charts published by tbreak, we can see that both companies have done many efforts more to keep their respective users always updated with the latest fixes and performance gains during the past months.

In the test Taimoor Hafeez (tbreak), used the most modern hardware pieces available, including a Intel Core i7-3770K, 16GB G.Skill RAM, fast Kingston HyperX SSD and of course current top single GPU cards, AMD Radeon HD 7970 (non GHz) and Nvidia Geforce GTX 680.

As you can see in percentage, AMD growth is way more significant than Nvidia, where the most outstanding value 63% is registered in Batman Arkham City, jumping from average 55 FPS to 90, followed by Battlefield 3, 30% increase, 49 to 64 FPS on average.

With new 3DMark, AMD HD 7970 surpasses Nvidia GTX 680, which was the opposite in 3DMark 11.

On Nvidia side, according to the review, the increments are more contained, in fact the higher observed percentage is in 3DMark 11 Extreme Performance preset, reaching 12% upper.

Batman Arkham City and Battlefield 3 achieved, 8% and 9% respectly.

For some reason, old Nvidia 301.10 drivers crash in 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme.

In the end we can conclude that AMD have done a better job with their drivers, even there are many things that need to be fixed, like higher latency, resulting in micro-stuttering.

AMD GCN architecture is complex and seems like one year was not enough for the engineers solve all the performance problems and bugs reported by many users around the world.

That can be a logical explanation for rumored delay of next generation AMD cards.

In the other hand, some people say that Nvidia Kepler architecture being the sucessor from Fermi, drivers still follow the older architecture trace, resulting in faster fixes provided by Nvidia along with less evident performance gap from older drivers.

To sum up, both cards perform very similar, HD 7970 wins in some games/apps, and Nvidia wins in others, as always I recommend everyone to update their drivers to the latest version.

Find the VideoCardz drivers section here: http://itoo.ws/886483

"After being notified due copyright infringement, I decide to do myself comment of tbreak review."

Skr13

Source: http://www.tbreak.co...o-drivers-make/

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nicely done skr13 , nice review.

You're welcome, omegaa ;)

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Unless he gave you a permission you should not post here full posts or reviews, just the quotes or your own review/analysis. This is a copyright infringement.

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lol that is weird, I sent a PM to ZoSo on 4th January asking for Videocardz to do this and this pops up, thanks for the post :)

This just shows Nvidia get their drivers right from day one, also the small driver improvements Vs Tahiti are more apparent due mainly to obvious bandwidth limitations of the mid-range GTX 680. Now Release the TItan ;)

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http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/21/2012_nvidia_video_card_driver_performance_review/#.URUqnmcWnUU

You can do some comparison to what they found, although they only did like 4 games.

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Copyright infringement? Boy they are really nazifying the internet.

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Copyright infringement? Boy they are really nazifying the internet.

 

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