Drivers with the best image quality?

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Section' started by Life On Mars, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. Life On Mars

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    Hello guys, I'm new on Guru 3D but have been on these forums for the past few years every now and again just reading and downloading useful tools. What I'm looking for is a driver that has excellent image quality with acceptable performance. I need filtering and AA to be working in its entireity.

    I currently only have a 1280 x 1024 (4:3/5:4) monitor but have noticed some drivers I have used are noticeably blurrier than others. i like image quality to be clear, crisp and vibrant.

    I'm running fallout 3 as well so need it to be a driver that doesn't have the sky stutter bug in it as well please...Hope you can help:)

    EDIT - Is it also possible to use drivers that were made for Vista 64bit on Windows 7?
     
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  2. Pill Monster

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    Yes you can, but anyhow the latest 196.75's are pretty awesome - apart from the GPU fan bug.

    I'm using RT to get around that problem.
     
  3. Life On Mars

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    Cheers Pill Monster, I actually had the 196.75's installed running with EVGA Precision auto fan and they worked fine but did notice the odd artifact in some games so got a bit freaked and uninstalled them :)
     
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    Li4m79 Ancient Guru

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    i`ll 2nd the 196.75`s and I have no fan issues :)

    but i`ve said it before in other threads, the drivers all act differently on different machines and steups, so really its gonna be a case of trial and error
     

  5. Life On Mars

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    I agree with that to a point. Generally you get a mass of people who share the same problems with the same drivers. Any drivers in the 18xxxx range which don't sacrifice image quality for added performance for any GTX 275 single card users?
     
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    182.50s or 182.18's I think.

    I had the blurry monitor problem as well.

    Most of the 19x.xx series were crap tbh, but the new drivers are the best I've seen in a very long time.
     
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    187.66XG have great clarity,one of the best for me.
     
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    196.86 looked pretty nice, might have been placebo or settings
     
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    Cheers Pill monster and veteran, I'll be trying those tonight and will see how they fare :)
     
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    The 196.86 are great and so are the XG 187.66.
     

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    try the quadro 191.78 drivers, they have superior IQ
     
  12. Apparatus

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    Give a try at 186.18.
    The best drivers in terms of image quality and iq in my system. Fallout 3 friendly also.
    I can say the same even for 196.75, but the fan bug is a disadvantage for many people.
     
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    Thanks Apparatus, I tried them and they were win win win :) Cheers
     
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    how about some comparison screenshots that prove better IQ??
    some one saying it has better IQ could be just a placebo ..
     
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    @ati666..does quadro driver support nvidia 200 series gpu?
     

  16. Apparatus

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    Some drivers in the past had problems in the appliance of AF and AA.
    With 186.18, every single setting in the nvcp had the relevant effect in game.
    In few words, i remember that everything was working as it should+the image quality was at top level with my monitor.
    I always make some screenshots comparisons when i install a new driver, to see if everything is applied correctly (AF, AA, v-sync etc).
    I remember that with 186,18 that was the case. I don't have these screenshots, and imagine that i don't even have this set of drivers installed. I personally prefer to be updated for the latest titles, but i answered to Life on Mars question. Believe me it was not a placebo effect, but things can be different from system to system.
     
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    I just installed the 196.86, they're pretty good. No blur which is good..
     
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    so far the best from all 188 and 195/196 in win7.

    edit: I didnt try 196.46 yet, but compared to the rest they're the best..
     
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    Quadro drivers are always a little bit slower than normal drivers because they didn't cheat for performance,they're pure for the best image quality.So if U'll be OK with playing 3-4 FPS slower but with the best image quality then U'd give a try
     
  20. Anth Seebel

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    ok so your talking about AA/AF and vsync , all of which work on all the drivers ive tested.. would be interested to see screenies showing the difference your talking about..

    i disagree, from my testing 191.66 quadro are not slower , they actually perform slightly better..
    as for superior IQ, u really need comparison screenshots to prove that imo ..
     

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