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I don't think it's a deliberate"gimping" thing. It's more to do with the Kepler SMX being underutilized due to uArch design choices affecting performance in some (not all) newer titles. And VRAM constraints.
 
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Kinda feel like this is beating a dead horse....
 
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This post really needs a quick summary of the article and some figures, not just links to off-site...
 
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yeah i'm not clicking on a bunch of links to find out what you want to tell me.
If you want to use the links to back up what you want to tell me that's fine, but right now all i see is links.
 
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Just to be more constructive; I think it is interesting to see the performance improvements gained from drivers overtime, but a small breakdown of some sort would be beneficial.

For example, pick one or two of the more interesting comparisons or games your prefer and present the data as such:

Crysis 3 @1080p SMAA x2
Latest (418.81) - Min: 50 Avg: 58.1
Earliest (320.18) - Min: 48 Avg: 55.4
Worse (353.62) - Min: 48 Avg: 55.3
Difference - Min: 2 Avg: 2.8

Or something akin to the above. Don't have to do it for every game and then refer everyone to the links for more information, if they would like to see more.
 
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Right.. is there a Cliff's notes? Not clicking through a half dozen+ Polish links for the high level answer.

I thank you cucker, for beating the dead horse :p, but maybe a summary and some links will get people discussing this subject (again).

Edit: geez... the last page even summarizes it... for the gtx 780 in the games tested, there was a 7% increase (average sans fc primal) over time for release to their last driver tested.
https://ithardware.pl/testyirecenzj...ych_kart_graficznych_odc_3_kepler-8591-8.html
 
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for the gtx 780 in the games tested, there was a 7% increase (average sans fc primal) over time for release to their last driver tested.
Not bad at all, if you think about it. Add on top of that say a 10% performance gain from an OC and you have a card that's on average 17% faster than on the day it was purchased (assuming it was purchased at release).
 
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Not bad at all, if you think about it. Add on top of that say a 10% performance gain from an OC and you have a card that's on average 17% faster than on the day it was purchased.
Sure.. but this is pretty OFN to be honest. Many had it in their heads that there was gimpage across the board, but, that wasn't true. Sure a title here or there may show something like that, but overall it stays the same or increases, typically.

This thread is just tossing updated fuel on some embers left over, lol
 
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Not bad at all, if you think about it. Add on top of that say a 10% performance gain from an OC and you have a card that's on average 17% faster than on the day it was purchased.
lol,what ? wasn't oc available from day one ?
 
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It's been five and a half years since the last Kepler GPU was released. You can't count the 750 and 750 Ti because they were the first Maxwells. Version 1 to be exact. The 9xx were version 2. It's just more of the confusion that Nvidia created with the Kepler series.

Anyway, the bulk of the improvements for Keplers was done long ago and there are people that claim that Nvidia is gimping the performance of the last generation each time a new generation is released. I doubt they are but for people to expect that Nvidia can keep improving the drivers for Kepler to keep up is not realistic. They've already dropped support entirely for Fermis and it won't be long before Keplers fall by the wayside too.
 
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Yes, but I'm talking free perfomance gains over vendor/factory specifications and release drivers here
Overclocking has little to do with driver date. Some allow for slightly better or worse clocking, but are not associated otherwise. You seem to infer there is with your mention(s).
 

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We had this also extensively tested 6 months ago on our own forums. The result was the gimping is a conspiracy-theory fanboy myth.

Any improvements by drivers already have eked out any performance gains long ago from Kepler. Indeed, it is likely so for Maxwell too. Of course it is going to seem as if performance falls behind when no improvements are being written for a specific GPU family any longer.
 
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Overclocking has little to do with driver date. Some allow for slightly better or worse clocking, but are not associated otherwise. You seem to infer there is with your mention(s).
Perhaps the point is moot and poorly worded, but I was speaking of an OC result outside of any driver influence. I was just trying to get at the 'free' performance upgrade someone can gain from a card whether it's a day one OC or incremental FPS improvements over several driver revisions
 
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It's always been a myth, Kepler just happened to be the start of when their XX104 tier chips competed with AMD's high-end, and they have be livid ever since.
 
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I just wanted to say that there are some anomalies with Kepler performance in modern titles. I have seen HD7970 trading blows with/ beating 780ti in a game but I can't remember what it is and I'm in bed half asleep so CBA to trawl the internet.

It's not deliberate gimping for sure, but I do believe that there are some uArch weaknesses with Kepler that result in underperforming in certain games.

The Kepler SMX is a big and complex beast that's apparently a lot harder to keep fed than the Maxwell SM, which focuses on higher granularity and fixed quads inside the SM that are equal in size to a 32 thread warp resulting in simpler scheduling and higher utilisation. Mh...
 
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Its not really gimping, its more of a lack of focus on newer drivers being optimized for Kepler's frankly dated arch. Its not a loss of performance per say, but more a loss of performance compared to what you would get with more optimized drivers
 
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Its not really gimping, its more of a lack of focus on newer drivers being optimized for Kepler's frankly dated arch. Its not a loss of performance per say, but more a loss of performance compared to what you would get with more optimized drivers
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It's not gimping Kepler, it's merely Neglect. Game Ready drivers only apply to NV's latest GPUs basically. However, the end result is the same, in that older Kepler gets left behind via neglect. While AMD Drivers's are opposite of this.
 
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If FPS drop in a game that previously had good FPS after switching to the latest drivers, then it is gimping.
Drivers are meant to be improved upon, each iteration building on the previous.
People talk about proof, but I haven't seen any valid proof yet, just talk claiming there is no gimping.
 

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If FPS drop in a game that previously had good FPS after switching to the latest drivers, then it is gimping.
Drivers are meant to be improved upon, each iteration building on the previous.
People talk about proof, but I haven't seen any valid proof yet, just talk claiming there is no gimping.
You can’t get blood from a stone. Each new driver squeezes a little more performance from the hardware until there isn’t any more to get.
 
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until there isn’t any more to get.
and/or they simply stop and move on.

I don't see where any regressed in the testing (FPS drop he's talking about), so I am not sure what Caring1 is missing here about not seeing valid proof. In this test, not one title lost performance.
 

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Right.. is there a Cliff's notes? Not clicking through a half dozen+ Polish links for the high level answer.

I thank you cucker, for beating the dead horse :p, but maybe a summary and some links will get people discussing this subject (again).

Edit: geez... the last page even summarizes it... for the gtx 780 in the games tested, there was a 7% increase (average sans fc primal) over time for release to their last driver tested.
https://ithardware.pl/testyirecenzj...ych_kart_graficznych_odc_3_kepler-8591-8.html
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