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Geforce 2 GTS - which version of detonator

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
July 27, 2002 9:27:54 AM

Hi, I have a Hercules 3D Prophet 2 GTS 32MB display card. I'm just wondering which version of the NVidia Detonators are best suited for this card to provide maximum gaming performance. I have always just installed the newest version as they are released, but I'm sure my card doesnt even use half of the new features.

Thanks in advance.
July 27, 2002 10:06:43 AM

I recommend using the 29.80 WHQL version. This driver´s primary quality is that it´s VERY stable. It´s also quite fast compared to other new drivers!
July 27, 2002 1:43:42 PM

It's depends not only from your Geforce 2 GTS
But also from you motherboard, CPU and OS.
You must try it yourself.
Meanwhile Each game likes it's own Detonator.

My advice - try newest Detonators
New features will not be turned on :) 
but old features will be better tuned.
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July 27, 2002 8:31:12 PM

After trying everything up to the 14.x versions, I found my best performance with the old 6.31! But I hear the newer ones are better.

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July 28, 2002 5:04:04 PM

I have that same card (well 64 MB version) and I've tried lots of the (official) detonators and Hercules versions. I'm currently using the official 29.42s, and am happy with them. I get the same performance as the last 28.32s, marginally higher than the older 23.11s, and *lots* better than 21.83. So I'd advise to stick with the latest ones.
July 28, 2002 6:48:56 PM

Retired my Geforce2. There was a big jump (15%) in performance somewhere around 20.xx or 21.xx drivers. 23.11 was very stable and fast. I thought the official drivers 28.x something or other were slower. Marginal performance gains with the leaked 28.xx, 29.xx but they seemed less stable than the 23.11 drivers. I kept dropping back to he latter. This was with Via KT133A and Windows 98SE. Can't speak for any other hardware combinations (unless you are interested in a Radeon 8500).

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July 28, 2002 9:02:42 PM

Cheers for all the replies - v helpful indeed. I tried a few tests myself. Under 3DMark 2001 with 23.11drivers i got 3960 marks, 4050 with 29.42's and 4009 with 29.80's. I'ms ticking with the 29.42's. Though I do think its very easy to kinda get up your own a**etrying to get another 3 or 4 marks out of yer video card. At the end of the day, no matter what I throw at the card it runs perfectly well. I think I'll leave well alone, If it aint broke.............

Cheers again

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