nvidia 196.21 vs 185.85 image quality

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  1. nonexistent

    nonexistent New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    am I imagining things or are textures when using nvidias 196.21 whql driver somehow sharper. I just started Oblivion and I was surprised how sharp the textures are:
    Texture Filtering - Quality: High Quality
    Anisotropic Filtering: 16x
    (rest: default)

    Maybe it's just for my 9600GT but games seem to stutter a little though (Oblivion, Dragon Age: Origins, 3DMark06 - much less with 185.85).

    (yeah yeah I'm working on screenshots :p)

    Ok, I think there is no difference in IQ:

    http://www.nonexistence.de/pics/18585_01.jpg
    http://www.nonexistence.de/pics/19621_01.jpg

    (maybe on the pillar of the left side of the door the textures are a little sharper, but that could be a cloud in the sky)
     
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    IndianScout Banned

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  3. Einhanderkiller

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    If you're doing side-by-side comparisons, you can notice some very, very small differences, but when you're playing the game, the differences are so small you will never notice them.
     
  4. exaslave

    exaslave Member Guru

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    the 185 drivers had some problems with anisotropic filtering problems but it does not seem to be in that picture. Your stutter problems in the 196 drivers could be due to not cleaning the older drivers completely. I had that problem a few times when installing 195/196 ones
     

  5. PirateNeilsouth

    PirateNeilsouth Ancient Guru

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    Unless it's fallout3 which is renowned for stutter and later nvidia drivers
     
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    exaslave Member Guru

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    Fallout3 stutter is not caused in every system and not in all game setting configurations
     
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    dracis Member Guru

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    But it's been proven that the 190.xx+ drivers contribute to that. They tried fixing them, but they always revert what they've fixed for some reason. It's pretty much hit or miss nowadays. :)

    It's even noted in their changelog for the 195.62 drivers.
     
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    Running my 260 on XP, both 180 and 190 series gave me lags like mad. Going back to 177.x fixed it. Go figure.
     
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    chinobino Maha Guru

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    If you're going to supply screenshots to compare image quality at least use a file format that doesn't use compression and cause artifacts, jpeg's are useless, you should use png.
     
  10. nonexistent

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    I used Driver Sweeper to clean my files. Though with 196.21 I experience hiccups on my system (for example in 3DMark06 when that waterdragon jumps out of the water). No matter vsync on/off.

    Next time I will use png...but did you find jpeg artifacts in one of the pictures? The Original bitmap screenshots are very close to the jpegs...
     

  11. Hog54

    Hog54 Maha Guru

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    They look the same to me.They dont even change much switching between them in windows 7 view.The only way you will see different image quality is between nvidia and ati.I got games I have been playing for 2 years with 4 different cards starting with a 7600gt to my present gtx260,with 30 different drivers and I havent noticed much difference.Fps yes,Image no.
     
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  13. juampii

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    for the stutter in oblivion you can use streamline or Oblivion Stutter Remover.
    the last one works fine for me for example.

    And you can download a few textures pack to make the textures really good.

    Im using the default settings, with all maxed in the game and hdr.
    maybe if i set:
    Texture Filtering - Quality: High Quality
    Anisotropic Filtering: 16x

    the quality can improve too, but im seeing the game really fine.

    note that im a vampire in that game, so you can, maybe, see more light in the day-pic.

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