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Nvidia's GeForce 304.48 beta offers up to 18% more performance

By Matthew · 10 replies
Jun 18, 2012
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  1. Nvidia has released new beta drivers offering GeForce 400, 500 and 600 series owners up to 18% more performance depending on the title and settings. In a blog post, Nvidia published some of its own tests in which the GTX…

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  2. in other news .. AMD is now even slowing then the competition !
  3. When was the last time a Catalyst update said something about more performance?
  4. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Having owned an AMD card for nearly a year, I can assure you--now that I've owned an Nvidia card for nearly as much--that AMD's driver support is not even close to Nvidia's, especially now since their "monthly" updates are out the window.
  5. My last two cards have been AMD and I keep trying to go back to Nvidia for driver reasons, but every time I need a card AMD has always had better options available, which makes it difficult. Like right now I've been wanting a new card in the midrange for months, but Nvidia are still dragging their heels with a GTX 660 or similar. So it's either drop down to last generation and get a 560/ti/570 which I'll instantly regret when the Kepler midrange successor comes out, or go with AMD yet again and get a 7850 or thereabouts, which is more likely. I guess I'll give it a few more weeks before deciding.
  6. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,284   +532

    I'm confused - the 570 is faster than the 7850 but you'd rather get the 7850 anyway even though the 570 is an option within that class - simply because the 660 isn't out yet? The 570 can be had for only a $10 premium over the 7850.
  7. Hmm, the price difference is more like £40 here, which doesn't justify the increase in FPS (which was pretty small in the benchmarks I checked out).
  8. Or "isn't justified by", rather.
  9. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,284   +532

    Oh - I didn't consider the price difference where you are (I'm such an egghead). I guess if temps and overclocking are important the 7850 is better as well.
  10. HD7850 overclocks really well and has 2GB of VRAM. I wouldn't touch a 1.28GB 570 with a 30 foot pole. By next year that card is paperweight for 1080P while an overclocked 7850 will approach a GTX580/7950 in performance and won't run of memory. Tons of games are now pushing over 1GB of VRAM. It's only a matter of time before 1.28GB is a bottleneck at 1080P at which point the GPU speed of the 570 won't do much.

    Also, GTX660 is rumored to be delayed until August since there are 120,000 units of inventory of GTX570 cards. I would just grab an HD7850 and not bother waiting, especially since all indicators point to GTX660 launching at $299, while HD7850 is often found on sale for much less than that.

    Also, I have a feeling by August, we'll see HD7950 hit the $300 range making GTX660 once again irrelevant. Newegg just had an HD7950 for $304 which is a sign for more sales to come. The current 7950/7970 will need to drop in price or be cleared once the higher speed binned XT2 chip is ready to launch within a month.
  11. sapo joe

    sapo joe TS Member Posts: 81   +6

    On the other hand, AMD drops the support for cards and starts to deliver drivers two times a year... Thank God I moved to nVidia in time! =)

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