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How much can a driver affect a benchmark.

Discussion in 'AMD / ATI' started by Nozoned, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. Nozoned

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    So, I decided to mess around with OCing my video card.

    MSI R6850 Cyclone PE/OC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit...

    First thing I did was run a Heaven benchmark to see what the numbers were stock. After running Heaven I thought it seemed very low and looked back at the one I ran when I first built the computer. I was surprised at the difference in numbers.

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    The only thing that I have done since building this rig is updated the drivers. Could that be why the score is so much lower now?

    Should I try the older driver?

    If so, where is the best place to find older drivers?
     
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    Sometimes drivers can give benchmarks false readings unfortunately yet not affect the performance of the card in games.

    I stopped running benchmarks a long time ago due to finding in most cases there will be a small difference but the performance is not noticeable in gaming.
     
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    drivers and benchmarks can show a vast difference between versions, then again, benchmarks are designed to "show" the raw performance abilities of the card - then try and find a game optimized to give that same performance.....

    driver makers tend to put benchmarks results before gaming performance in aid to selling the card/technology. Improvement can be found between drivers and games yes, but bigger improvements will be found between drivers and benchmarks
     
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    Alright, thanks guys. I'll play around with it a bit and see what happens. I haven't had any issues as far as games go, been staying around 60fps. The games aren't that graphic intensive though.
     

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