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livilaNic

NEW Nvidia 186.18 WHQL Drivers released

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livilaNic

Not sure what happened, but the game looks crazy awesome with these.

 

Vista/W7 64bit

Vista/W7 32bit

For the rest...

 

 

 

Sets:

 

1920x1080

High textures

med

high

high

highest

34

34

2

on

on

 

Specs in sig.

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CharmingCharlie

well not that I am calling you a liar wink.gif but any details on how the game has been improved for you ? the screenshots look pretty much the same to me. I am just wondering if you have seen a frame rate increase or shadows are better or what ?

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livilaNic

 

well not that I am calling you a liar  wink.gif but any details on how the game has been improved for you ?  the screenshots look pretty much the same to me.  I am just wondering if you have seen a frame rate increase or shadows are better or what ?

Well before I updated these drivers there was haze you know in the distance. Now after the these drivers BAM no more haze. It's all just about crystal clear. The sharpness seem to improve as well. Cars look a sweet too. Damn wish I had a before and after couldn't find anything with decent lighting meh. But dude I'm tellin ya something got crazy awesome here. Everything just seemed to POP more. Hell give it a shot you could always revert. lol Never cared much for the fps side of things. I'm happy with 25+. When it gets to 17 or below it gets a bit slow but nothing to f*ck about.

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CharmingCharlie

Ok I will let you off then biggrin.gif sounds interesting, I know the game still isn't as sharp as I want it to be. I don't know even with the "Vaseline" filter off it still seems a tad bit unsharp in places. So I might give these drivers ago. I am not too fussed about frame rates the game is fairly decent frame rates wise here (odd dip to 20fps now and again but nothing to cry to momma about). Any way thanks for the heads up off downstairs to download the drivers now.

 

Jesus 111mbs Nvidia has been taken lessons from MS on bloatware it seems.

 

Well I had a quick gander, I can't really say the graphics are any sharper to me. I would say it looks pretty much the same as it did. Here are the benchmarks :-

 

Before :-

 

Average FPS: 49.77

Duration: 37.27 sec

CPU Usage: 79%

System memory usage: 76%

Video memory usage: 91%

 

Graphics Settings

Video Mode: 1680 x 1050 (60 Hz)

Texture Quality: High

Texture Filter Quality: High

View Distance: 33

Detail Distance: 50

 

Hardware

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260

Video Driver version: 185.85

Audio Adapter: Speakers (High Definition Audio Device)

Intel® Core2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz

 

After

 

Average FPS: 43.78

Duration: 37.30 sec

CPU Usage: 83%

System memory usage: 80%

Video memory usage: 91%

 

Graphics Settings

Video Mode: 1680 x 1050 (60 Hz)

Texture Quality: High

Texture Filter Quality: High

View Distance: 33

Detail Distance: 50

 

Hardware

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260

Video Driver version: 186.18

Audio Adapter: Speakers (High Definition Audio Device)

Intel® Core2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz

 

So bascially saw a 6fps drop with these new drivers, probably switch back to the old drivers again here since the new drivers just whacked the frame rate down by 10% and added nothing new.

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livilaNic

Yeah man don't know what to say. Even the ol' blah blah and everything before you actually hit play in game the letters and sh*t were all brighter. f*ck I'm happy with the way it turned out for me. Again it's another 'new' game for me. Sorry it didn't help for ya. Even more so I can't believe I'm able to run those sets on this rig. sh*t c2d and an 8800GT lol. It's all good thanks for the bench and at least checking it out. tounge.gif

 

Anyway could you post a pic outside of PBX joint at that spot in the pics I linked? I swear the tree structure never looked that good before to me. I would appreciate it.

 

EDIT: Never mind. Was looking through the ss thread and seen a few that look the same. I'm jut not sure whats modded in there or whats not. Plus sh*t I just started playing full on high textures so hell every things new to me I guess. Anyway again I'm f*ckin happy with w/e the f*ck. tounge.gif

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Sventilator

Done several tests with different settings in NVidia CP and GTA and I must say finally an improvement..! It was already looking like this in Windows 7 but now it looks the same in Vista and also runs much smoother. Threaded Optimization seems to work now as well with gta.. (I have it turned "on" now and have smoother cornering when driving then when turned off. With 181.22 it was the other way arround, but this is much better).

 

Don't do a benchmark and give up.. that doesn't even look like the game and if you run that benchmark 3 times with the same settings etc it can differ 10 frames.. do 3 test and take the average of that..

 

I get 2 frames lower results with the benchmark too with this driver but ingame it runs smoother and it's much better looking! it's much more crips and less jaggy as well.. I can also overclock further and still have a stable picture.. I'm sticking with this one for now..

 

(Tested with an EVGA GTX285 2gb SC on Vista 64bit)

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Marcin6

At last new drivers ! Just installed and i gonna test it , because 185.80 was f*cked , problem with shadows in all games , textures dissapering etc ....

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FeAr Me

Well mostly the same but i think i lost some frames... dont know really but they are not soo bad... its the same like 186.08

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sgt.slaughter

For me the shading was improved quite a lot,and I gained a performance boost(just a couple more FPS...CRA-ZAY panic.gif !WHOO-HOO!).

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LukeDuke3

I dont understand, i get less fps with every new driver from 181.20 suicidal.gif

 

here is 186.18

Statistics

Average FPS: 27.68

 

and this is old 181.20 with exsactly the same graphic settings

Statistics

Average FPS: 60.97

 

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Welshblokeuk

 

Statistics

Average FPS: 46.82

Duration: 37.44 sec

CPU Usage: 73%

System memory usage: 35%

Video memory usage: 60%

 

Graphics Settings

Video Mode: 1280 x 1024 (75 Hz)

Texture Quality: Medium

Texture Filter Quality: High

View Distance: 80

Detail Distance: 100

 

Hardware

Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional x64 Edition

Service Pack 2

Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX

Video Driver version: 181.22

Audio Adapter: Logitech USB Headset

AMD64 Family 16 Model 2 Stepping 3

AMD Phenom™ 9950 Quad-Core Processor

AMD Phenom™ 9950 Quad-Core Processor

 

File ID: benchmark.cli

 

 

Statistics

Average FPS: 38.19

Duration: 33.49 sec

CPU Usage: 71%

System memory usage: 34%

Video memory usage: 59%

 

Graphics Settings

Video Mode: 1280 x 1024 (60 Hz)

Texture Quality: Medium

Texture Filter Quality: High

View Distance: 80

Detail Distance: 100

 

Hardware

Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional x64 Edition

Service Pack 2

Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX

Video Driver version: 186.18

Audio Adapter: SoundMAX HD Audio

AMD Phenom™ 9950 Quad-Core Processor

AMD Phenom™ 9950 Quad-Core Processor

AMD Phenom™ 9950 Quad-Core Processor

 

File ID: benchmark.cli

 

 

Statistics

Average FPS: 35.21

Duration: 37.40 sec

CPU Usage: 57%

System memory usage: 34%

Video memory usage: 52%

 

Graphics Settings

Video Mode: 1280 x 1024 (60 Hz)

Texture Quality: Medium

Texture Filter Quality: High

View Distance: 81

Detail Distance: 100

 

Hardware

Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional x64 Edition

Service Pack 2

Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX

Video Driver version: 186.18

Audio Adapter: SoundMAX HD Audio

AMD64 Family 16 Model 2 Stepping 3

AMD Phenom™ 9950 Quad-Core Processor

AMD Phenom™ 9950 Quad-Core Processor

 

File ID: benchmark.cli

 

 

Whats going on here? dontgetit.gif

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Sal_niko

lol

I posted another thread about these drivers as I failed to notice this one and my forst one at gtaforums got closed.

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weaveribm

vsync disabled of course while benchmarking

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DRMetzger

Anyone else with an 8800 notice a difference? 8800 GTX user here and I haven't gotten better performance than the 181.22 drivers yet. I'm sure I'll try them in a day or two but I'm curious.

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Intosia
Anyone else with an 8800 notice a difference? 8800 GTX user here and I haven't gotten better performance than the 181.22 drivers yet. I'm sure I'll try them in a day or two but I'm curious.

I have a 8800GTX, i still running the old 181, with 1.0.4, and i must say it runs abit smoother with 104 patch. Havent tried the drivers yet. Gonne do that later on.

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Petarkco

Worked great for me! I can now run on medium settings with only less than a 1fps drop (having it at medium gave me only 16fps before)

 

Before

Average FPS: 21.01

Duration: 37.50 sec

CPU Usage: 97%

System memory usage: 51%

Video memory usage: 49%

 

Graphics Settings

Video Mode: 800 x 600 (60 Hz)

Texture Quality: Low

Texture Filter Quality: Low

View Distance: 1

Detail Distance: 1

 

Hardware

Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Service Pack 3

Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

Video Driver version: 185.85

 

After

Statistics

Average FPS: 20.22

Duration: 37.14 sec

CPU Usage: 93%

System memory usage: 47%

Video memory usage: 61%

 

Graphics Settings

Video Mode: 800 x 600 (56 Hz)

Texture Quality: Medium

Texture Filter Quality: Low

View Distance: 1

Detail Distance: 1

 

Hardware

Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Service Pack 3

Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

Video Driver version: 186.18

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ikt

May i ask for before and after screens? alien.gif

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EliTsai

they worked perfect before the stupid maintince patch, I could play on any server and actually do races and not get kicked, now i get kicked for computer running too slowly in multiplayer. I'm tired of this.

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DRMetzger

It looks like these drivers aren't as good as the 181.22 drivers, at least for me and my 8800 gtx

 

Before:

Statistics

Average FPS: 44.27

Duration: 37.18 sec

CPU Usage: 81%

System memory usage: 66%

Video memory usage: 77%

 

Graphics Settings

Video Mode: 1680 x 1050 (60 Hz)

Texture Quality: Medium

Texture Filter Quality: Highest

View Distance: 75

Detail Distance: 90

 

Hardware

Microsoft® Windows Vista" Ultimate

Service Pack 2

Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX

Video Driver version: 181.22

Audio Adapter: Speakers (SoundMAX Integrated Digital HD Audio)

Intel® Core2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83GHz

 

After:

Statistics

Average FPS: 38.24

Duration: 37.22 sec

CPU Usage: 82%

System memory usage: 60%

Video memory usage: 78%

 

Graphics Settings

Video Mode: 1680 x 1050 (60 Hz)

Texture Quality: Medium

Texture Filter Quality: Highest

View Distance: 75

Detail Distance: 90

 

Hardware

Microsoft® Windows Vista" Ultimate

Service Pack 2

Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX

Video Driver version: 186.18

Audio Adapter: Speakers (SoundMAX Integrated Digital HD Audio)

Intel® Core2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83GHz

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johnisme

Before:

Statistics

Average FPS: 58.46

Duration: 37.19 sec

CPU Usage: 78%

System memory usage: 30%

Video memory usage: 93%

 

Graphics Settings

Video Mode: 1680 x 1050 (60 Hz)

Texture Quality: High

Texture Filter Quality: High

View Distance: 30

Detail Distance: 50

 

Hardware

Microsoft® Windows Vista" Home Premium

Service Pack 2

Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260

Video Driver version: 185.85

Audio Adapter: Speakers (Creative SB X-Fi)

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Processor

 

After:

Statistics

Average FPS: 57.64

Duration: 37.18 sec

CPU Usage: 78%

System memory usage: 31%

Video memory usage: 92%

 

Graphics Settings

Video Mode: 1680 x 1050 (60 Hz)

Texture Quality: High

Texture Filter Quality: High

View Distance: 30

Detail Distance: 50

 

Hardware

Microsoft® Windows Vista" Home Premium

Service Pack 2

Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260

Video Driver version: 186.18

Audio Adapter: Speakers (Creative SB X-Fi)

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Processor

 

No real difference for me on the last few drivers.

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Intosia

No real difference for either... Instead that the installer crashed how way >.>

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Puffalump

Im sticking with my Nvidia 179.48 drivers, every time i tried reinstalling new ones it blasted my FPS down some

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dafour

No problems encountered..

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MP5

I'm getting tiny pixel blocks popping up on random all over the screen. No significant improvements.

 

 

Statistics

Average FPS: 40.99

Duration: 37.28 sec

CPU Usage: 49%

System memory usage: 65%

Video memory usage: 89%

 

Graphics Settings

Video Mode: 1280 x 1024 (60 Hz)

Texture Quality: High

Render Quality: Very High

Reflection Resolution: High

Water Quality: High

Shadow Quality: High

View Distance: 32

Detail Distance: 70

Definition: Off

VSync: Off

 

Hardware

Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Service Pack 3

Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX/9800 GTX+

Video Driver version: 177.98

Audio Adapter: Realtek HD Audio output

Intel Pentium III Xeon processor

 

File ID: benchmark.cli

 

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Lollercoaster

 

Im sticking with my Nvidia 179.48 drivers, every time i tried reinstalling new ones it blasted my FPS down some

Same here mate...179.48 all the way...

 

All the 180 drivers and up gave me insane stuttering...I doubt this new one will change anything.

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