Quick question about nvidia drivers

By Sab3r ยท 9 replies
May 11, 2005
  1. Hello everybody,

    the quick question:
    Is there any difference in drivers from nvidia, what i mean is should you get
    the latest drivers (the 6 series) or a bit older drivers (for an FX card, that i curently have).
    cause i thought that if you have an FX card you should get the 5 series drivers.

    the problem is that I think the card isn't performing like it should, I have a GF FX
    5600XT 128mb with the 66.93 drivers installed and i use to have the 56.73 drivers installed or something like that :giddy: .

    anyway I wonder if I there's any difference if I would install the older driver.

    thx anyway :wave:
  2. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    Its best to get the drivers from nVidias site. Use the latest ones.
  3. Sab3r

    Sab3r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    k but now i've come up with a problem because i tried the latest which are 71.(number) and whenever i wanted to go to the options/settings of my vidcard
    it got stuck :confused: . as in the options prog crashed.
  4. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    Use the older drivers and run a benchmark program like 3DMark 03 to see if there is an improvement. What makes you think the card isnt performing like it should?
  5. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Uninstall old

    What version of windows?
    Download drivers (as suggested from nVidia)
    Be sure you are uninstalling any vid drivers showing in device mgr. &
    program uninstall, then reboot.
    now install new drivers. See if this helps.
  6. Sab3r

    Sab3r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    well It doesn't do allot better then my older Gf 4 TI 4200 with only 64mb.
    scores from 3dmark03 are around 1100-1200 with AA and AF off at 1024 res.
    last day I went playing HALO again :stickout: and i have to run it at 800x600
    res and everything low or off and it still runs a bit crap, i've done a format that
    day too, could be me but my card should be able to play it smooth with low settings. (maybe if I turn AF and AA off in the driver options, going to check now)

    Installed older drivers, no real difference in performence, gone back to 66.93, works good and put the settings to high performence.
    Maybe if I change some stuff in the bios, though I don't know what to turn on
    or off, so i'll need a little help on that one.

    Thx for the replies :wave:
  7. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    Ive only heard of 5600 and 5600 Ultra, never an XT. Also with nVidia cards XT is a stripped down version of a card, the budget version which may explain your performance problems. Do you know what speed the core and memory of the card are running? Is it 64 bit or 128 bit? Even though the 4200 wasnt a DX9 card it was comparable to the 5600 Ultra.
  8. Sab3r

    Sab3r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    Description NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600XT
    Manufacturer NVIDIA
    Total Local Video Memory 128 MB
    Total Local Texture Memory 128 MB
    Total AGP Memory 32 MB
    Driver File nv4_disp.dll
    Driver Version
    Driver Date 10-29-2004
    Driver WHQL Certified true
    Max Texture Width 4096 px
    Max Texture Height 4096 px
    Max User Clipping Planes 6
    Max Active Hardware Lights 8
    Max Texture Blending Stages 8
    Fixed Function Textures In Single Pass 8
    Vertex Shader Version 2.0
    Pixel Shader Version 2.0
    Max Vertex Blend Matrices 0
    Max Texture Coordinates 8
    VGA Memory Clock 334.1 MHz
    VGA Core Clock 234.0 MHz

    Sandra prog said it was 32bits :( , could be right, since HALO runs crap most
    of the time and I mean like 10fps with everything low AA and AF off 800x600
    if i haven't posted that already :stickout:

    Conclusion: yes this is a stripped down card, seems so anyway.
    Solution: bought Sapphire Radeon x800 Pro 256mb 256bit MUHAHAHA :D

    thx anyway, just needed to know from someone who knows "stuff" if I have
    a crap vidcard or not.

    bye :wave: (note to self don't buy XT cards)
  9. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

  10. Sab3r

    Sab3r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    thx for the site, I scrolled down a bit and found this:


    1. Chaintech GeForce FX 5600XT 128MB 64bit is the weakest solution among the new products, and it performs similarly to the FX5200 128bit, sometimes even slower. It's clear that a buyer's decision will depend on the price. The Chaintech's product itself delivers good build quality and reliability.

    lol even better of with a GF FX 5200 128bit and i've heard that the card (5200)
    aint even very good :giddy:

    So this means I will notice a substancial uberly big performance boost when I
    install the Sapphire Radeon X800 Pro 256mb 256bit :grinthumb , I just can't help
    myself of saying it. ;)

    Well thx guys for the replies and giving me some answers, bye :wave: .

    btw scrap that note to self of not buying XT's, NOTE to everybody DON'T buy
    it for gaming purposes even if your on a budget.
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