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Does updating video card drivers make any difference for older cards?

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March 15, 2012 12:14:59 AM

I ask because I took a look at the recent changelog for the NVIDIA 296.10 drivers...

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New in Release 296.10

Adds support for the new GeForce GTX 560 SE GPU.
Updates PhysX System Software to version 9.12.0213.
Boosts SLI performance in the following games:
Blacklight: Retribution – up to 1.8x performance increase
DiRT 3 – updated DX11 profile to improve menu performance
Dishonored
Dungeon Defenders
F1 2011 – improves performance with game patch 1.2
rFactor 2
Adds 3D Vision support for the following games:
Dear Esther – Rated Good
Deep Black: Reloaded – Rated 3D Vision Ready
Includes numerous bug fixes. Refer to the release notes documentation for more details.

Highlight Summary for the R295 Family of Drivers
New features and performance since R285 WHQL-certified driver

Game-changing performance boost of up to 45% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, “the fastest selling title in Steam’s history”
Up to 2x performance Mass Effect 3 with SLI technology.
GeForce-exclusive quality enhancements with ambient occlusion support for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Diablo III, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
New 3D Vision and SLI profiles for over 50 titles.
New PhysX software for the best experience in top PhysX titles like Alice: Madness Returns and Batman: Arkham City.
Enables WHQL-certified support for NVIDIA Surround on Intel X79 SLI-certified motherboards.
Updates HD Audio to version 1.3.12.0.



My graphics card is a humble 512MB 9800GT. For the most part, I don't play the latest AAA games either, as I tend to stick with indie titles. Can I expect *any* improvements in this or future drivers, or has support for my graphics card basically ended 6-months after the chipset was new, way back in 2007?

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March 15, 2012 1:56:14 AM

When cards have been on the market for about a year the drivers have been optimized for them.
To me pretty much when card gets 2-3 generation old there is no need to update drivers, unless there is a new game out that needed a specific fix in the drivers.
(I have a 8800GT running on 196.21)
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March 15, 2012 6:52:47 PM

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