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I'll have to try these out, for some reason my 6800 GT isn't performing quite as well as it should and I have no idea why. I'm currently using the 70.90 betas.

Edit: I downloaded the 71.40 betas, I'll try them in a bit.
 

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I haven't used a beta driver in soooo long. I've been using only the latest official drivers from nVidia.
 

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any benefits on using any of these drivers?
 

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I don't know exactly what was wrong with my PC but I reinstalled the nForce drivers and the 71.40 ForceWares and my 3DMark 2001 score went up from 15,715 (at 2.3 GHz) to 18,174 (at 2.2 GHz). I suspect it was the nForce drivers acting up as it was the same installation I used with my 9500 Pro. My performance with games hopefully will be up to normal levels across the board now; some of the 2001 tests increased a LOT, such as Nature (97.5 FPS->174.8), single texturing fill rate (2048.5 MTexels/sec->3316.9), DOT3 bump mapping (254.8 FPS->492.4), advanced pixel shader (319.1 FPS->470.2) and point sprites (52.8 MSprites/s->72.8). I haven't tried any games yet as I've run out of time to test today :D. Remember kids, when changing video card brands, get rid of your video card drivers and your chipset drivers (DriverCleaner works great), reinstall your chipset drivers, then install your drivers for your new video card ;). I had no idea that the chipset drivers were affecting me, let alone that much oO.
 

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n_w95482, now you know why i reformatted my PC the day i got my 6800 ;)
 

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I might still do that, it depends on how much free time I have and if I really feel up to it. The ~8 gigs of unusable space that Diskeeper reports is bothering me, I can place files there but I can't defragment it ("system reserved").
 

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Guru3d reccomends that you be wary of the 71.50 drivers. They're from Leadtek and are intended, mainly, for Leadtek cards. They reccomend that you use the 71.40, which is what I'm going to do.
Katsuya, the 71.40 drivers should work great w/your 6600 GT.
sx/amiga
 

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i guess im still in the stone age with 70.90 then.

i just hate having to uninstall, restart, blah blah blah...whatever 71.40 here i come
 

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hushypushy said:
i guess im still in the stone age with 70.90 then.

i just hate having to uninstall, restart, blah blah blah...whatever 71.40 here i come
It doesn't take that long. I can do it in about 2 minutes tops(gotta love Athlons). My system restarts in about 12 seconds flat. First I uninstall the previous drivers, restart, use drivercleaner, install new drivers, don't restart.

The beauty is, you don't need to restart if you installed fresh drivers this way. ;) You will however need to check your desktop resolution. Normally, I also enable coolbits and overclock my video card. All this within 2 minutes. :lol:
 

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man, you're fast. i bet your computer is also totally clean and whatnot, i know you need your games to play as leet as possible ;)
 

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sxamiga said:
Guru3d reccomends that you be wary of the 71.50 drivers. They're from Leadtek and are intended, mainly, for Leadtek cards. They reccomend that you use the 71.40, which is what I'm going to do.
Katsuya, the 71.40 drivers should work great w/your 6600 GT.
sx/amiga
Which is exactly why I chose to use the 71.40's :). I don't mind reinstalling drivers as I've got the procedure down pretty well. It takes me longer to do it than fivefeet8 but it doesn't take a whole lot of time :p.

OT: fivefeet8, how hot does your card usually run? For some stupid reason mine's idling at 68 C now (increase of 10). I haven't checked full load yet since the increase.
 

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n_w95482 said:
Which is exactly why I chose to use the 71.40's :). I don't mind reinstalling drivers as I've got the procedure down pretty well. It takes me longer to do it than fivefeet8 but it doesn't take a whole lot of time :p.

OT: fivefeet8, how hot does your card usually run? For some stupid reason mine's idling at 68 C now (increase of 10). I haven't checked full load yet since the increase.
The 71.40's seem to still have the Pee Water bug in HL2. The official beta 67.66 don't though. As for the temperature increases, it's been reported on several message boards that the 71.40 beta does increase temperature readings on some users. I didn't experience it though with my 6800. My GPU idles at 47 C and Loads at 63 C. This was with both the 71.40 and now the 67.66 betas.

It might just be messed up temperature readings. Try touching your video card HSF and see if it's hotter than before. OR better yet, get a thermometer to read the temperature.
 

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With both the 70.90 and 71.40 drivers, my max load was 78 C. I'll open up my case in a couple of days and check the heatsink. Would applying Ceramique paste help it out a lot? I currently have it underclocked to 93/697 ( :heh: ) and it's idling at 58. Maybe I'll try a different version such as the 71.25's to see if I get different temperature readings.
 

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Meh, I'm still on the 65.73s. Have no real intention of changing [I play games at 16x12 4xAA 8xAF, at those settings drivers effect performence all of 1 frame] it either.
 

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A word of warning about the 71.40 beta drivers from Nvidia: The digital vibarance is messed up. At least on my 30 inch LCD screen it is. I switched back to the 71.25 drivers and everything is just fine. Also, the 71.80 drivers (the newest ones out) were originally intended for Quatro cards only. So I'd be wary of those as well.
sx/amiga
 

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That's odd, Digital Vibrance seems to be working fine with the 71.40's on my machine.

fivefeet8: I tried touching the heatpipe on the heatsink to see if it was any hotter; it felt like it was at the same temperature as before. It's also reported temperatures similar to the 70.90's once, although once I rebooted it went back to the high readings again. I've also had random problems with overclocking/underclocking my card. Sometimes it underclocks fine, other times it ignores my settings (in both the CP and in RivaTuner). Right now it won't let me overclock even 1 MHz on either the core or memory but a couple of days ago, cooliscool kicked up the core to around 409 MHz without any problem (he remotely controlled my PC in case you're wondering :p).
 

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fivefeet8: I tried touching the heatpipe on the heatsink to see if it was any hotter; it felt like it was at the same temperature as before. It's also reported temperatures similar to the 70.90's once, although once I rebooted it went back to the high readings again.
I've heard that an Nvidia rep said the high temperature readings are only false readings. Strangely, my BFG 6800 ultra hasn't had any problems with temperature readings as long as I've had it. And I've pretty much tried all drivers.
 
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