As part of a regular feature for AlienBabelTech, this editor is comparing the performance of 34 benchmarks with the just released GeForce Beta 326.19 driver release versus the last GeForce 320.00 family of drivers. We are going to give you GTX 780, GTX 770, and GeForce Titan results at 1920×1080 and at 2560×1600 in Part 1 today.
This driver performance evaluation will give a natural comparison between the performance improvements since Nvidia’s last driver set when the GTX 760 was released last month. Later this week in Part 2, we can again compare Titan with GTX 680 SLI versus GTX 770 SLI at the highest settings at 1920×1080 and at 2560×1600.
We are going to test GeForce 326.19 using our current benchmark suite of 30 games plus 4 synthetic benchmarks, Heaven 4.0, Valley 1.0, FireStrike, and 3DMark 11. Our testing platform is Windows 7 64-bit, using an Intel Core i7-3770K at 4.50GHz, EVGA’s Z77FTW motherboard and 16GB of Kingston “Beast” HyperX RAM at 2133MHz, and the settings and hardware are identical except for the drivers being tested as we use two identical HDDs – one for Nvidia and one for AMD.
At GTX 760 and above, we test at higher settings and resolutions generally than we test midrange cards. All of our games are now tested at two resolutions: 2560×1600 and 1920×1080 at 60Hz, and we use DX11/10/10.1 whenever possible with a very strong emphasis on the latest DX11 games including Crysis 3 and our newest three benches, Far Cry 3, DiRT: Showdown and GRID 2.
Let’s get right to the test configuration, the driver release notes and the tests.