GTX470 Performance Test Part 1: Windows XP

8 Responses

  1. Pinky Floyd says:

    Surely this is a driver issue. As gamers we want to play our old games as well as our new one’s.

    Part of the fun of upgrading is that we get to see an FPS boost in our old games.

    Tesselation is all well and good, but no-body is using it yet and I hope there is a higher take up of DX11 than there was of DX10.

    Gearing a card for the future is all well and good but predicting the future isn’t exactly an exact science!

  2. BFG10K says:

    I agree completely. Fortunately I’ve seen this issue many times before, and the good news is that driver improvements can fix things.

    The GTX285 has “gold standard” driver performance, so it’s tough for any new release driver to compete with it initially.

    What will be really interesting is how Windows 7 compares.

  3. Bakes says:

    To the above – but the GTX470 performs well on Windows 7. It seems that nVidia have rightfully given up on xp.

  4. BFG10K says:

    We’ll see about that, Bakes. :)

    Windows 7 might not change things at all because I don’t benchmark like the standard fare. I use far more games, along with unorthodox gaming settings compared to regular reviews.

  5. hansmuff says:

    As always, outstanding job BFG10K.
    Any “early leaks” from the Win7 results? 😉

  6. BFG10K says:

    Yeah, so far Windows 7 is behaving differently in some of the games.

  7. Bo_Fox says:

    It seems that many of the older games are so dependent on the TMU muscle for performance.

    After looking at the “Part 2” Win7 comparison, I see that Prey, Doom 3, and Far Cry 2 perform so much better but UT2004, one of my favorites, performs considerably worse (maybe after Nvidia fixed it thanks to you pointing out the stuttering issue on Vista a while ago, so it’s still a driver problem?). Overall, Win7 is much better though (except for a few unrelated sound issues).

    thanks, great article!

  8. BFG10K says:

    The Unreal 2 engine stuttering was only present on XP, and was later fixed. I don’t think the low UT2004 performance is related in any way, but rather the problem is specific to the GF100, on both OSes.

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