I was wanting to try the Nividia beta 301.40 drivers (64 bit) but when I downloaded them from Guru3D via Zoom downloader they came as a .php file. I am no expert on file formats and was wondering how I would go about installing these drivers.
Thanks I had read that 301.42 was not very good so was looking to find a better driver for my card. right now I am using 301.34 which seems to be working fine but not using the card to its fullest potential. Oh well guess I will wait for the next official driver to be released. Curious why Guru3D gave me a .php file if I cant use it.
somehow you seemed to have downloaded the page and not the driver, no idea how that happen to you.
what card do you have, also if it's not broke don't fix it. i have rolled back to the last good driver for myself countless times because i keep hoping the next would be better. if you really do want to try the
BETA version; it is there on the download page under Beta, Older drivers and more.
it seems a lot of folks like that driver release, though not all have that card on the kepler thread: Kepler news and discussion - Page 39
not exactly sure what you mean by "gpu usage"? you mean frame rates or load on the gpu?
I just ran msi kombustor I had a gpu load of around 97% to 99% with pretty much the same gpu usage with an fps of 150 but when I play a game like skyrim on ultra that stars off at around 70 fps drops to an average of 50fps or lower. The gpu usage is also very low starting at 40% and dropping to the twenties. My cpu is an i52500K no overclocking. Any idea why this might happen I believed it was a driver issue.
I am using msi afterburner to monitor my gpu usage voltage remains fairly constant dont think its my psu which is a corsair cx600w.
i wasn't considering your PSU but the power management of the card itself.
i don't use afterburner; try using a "profile" to up the clock speed just a few hertz and see if that doesn't keep the card from downclocking.
ok. it really isn't desirable to have percisionX to use as a work around to keep the gpu from dipping down in usage. we didn't look at if your core speed was downclocking . .that could be heat related; not saying it is overheating; my 550ti gets flonky when the temp hit 70c when it shouldn't have a problem and wants to downclock so i use the fan curve to keep the temps @ 60c.
you may want to run default clocks and use the fan curve to adjust the fan speed. if that works . .well sorta disappointing to have to use software to make a high end graphics card run properly . .oh, that a driver!
When you say core speed do you mean clock speed because I do see slight ups and downs when I play games but nothing as major as the jumps I used to get. I can use AB to increase the fan speed but so far my gpu hasnt got that toasty yet probably due to the windforce 3 fan system in place (set that thing to 100 and it sounds like a jet engine) so I will set that to 70 and see if it smooths things up.
yeas, core/clock speed.
it seems as much as nVidia did nice to make the clock speed dynamic depending on the gpu usage to keep the power consumption down while idling and boost to help increase performance appears to have some flonky incidentals.
it might be a benefit to keep an eye on the temps and experiment with the fan speed. if you notice a drop in performance at a given temp it might indicate how you are running into issues.