Nvidia's GeForce GTX 480: Before And After A Year Of Driver Updates

Benchmark Results: Lost Planet 2 (DX11)

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Header Cell - Column 0 1680x1050No AA/No AF1680x10504xMSAA/No AF1920x1080No AA/No AF1920x10804xMSAA/No AF2560x1600No AA/No AF2560x16004xMSAA/No AF
Percent Gainfrom 197.41 to 266.582.84%7.09%1.48%7.77%3.82%5.18%

Lost Planet 2 was released on October 12, 2010, just prior to the release of 260.89. Yet, the results here are less impressive than what we saw in Metro 2033. From version 260.89 to 266.58 there is almost no gain in performance. In fact, we see a performance drop at 1680x1050 and 1920x1080 with no anti-aliasing applied. When its enabled, there is a less than 3% gain.

Now, one way to look at this is that Nvidia's driver team wasn't able to make any meaningful improvements, which is bad. The other way is to recognize that this was one of the company's TWIMTBP titles, so Capcom likely had access to Nvidia hardware throughout its porting process, allowing it to optimize before the game even launched. That'd help explain the relatively small performance effect before and after release. Unfortunately, there's no real way to know for sure which explanation is correct.

  • -Fran-
    Heh, now it cooks my steaks 5 secs faster.

    Oh wait... I'm using a GT425M on my notebook... Damn!

  • theyohan
    I hear good things about that new Nvidia 270.51 beta driver.
  • dragonsqrrl
    Impressive results to say the least... well, except for WOW. That has to be a bit of a disappointment for the people who care about that title. But otherwise quite remarkable performance optimizations from the driver team.

    I have to agree with the conclusion, due to the recent nature of the Fermi architecture it probably took both Nvidia and developers time to get used to the new hardware. It just wasn't well optimized upon launch. Although I think it's worth noting that it still managed to perform well even on those early drivers.
  • andy5174
    GTX480/470/465.... Fail
  • ezodagrom
    In the World of Warcraft page instead of saying "Percent Gain from 197.41 to 266.58" it says "Percent Gain from 9.10 to 11.1". ;P
  • acku
    9512364 said:
    In the World of Warcraft page instead of saying "Percent Gain from 197.41 to 266.58" it says "Percent Gain from 9.10 to 11.1". ;P

    Oops! My motto: Pobody's Nerfect. :kaola:

  • cpy
    257.21 looks best for me as wow player and sc2 player :)
  • gofasterstripes
    TBH it looks like good work from the green team. Cool, my 470 is getting bumped for free
    On second thoughts, maybe 'cool' is the wrong word.....
  • Mario75
    andy5174GTX480/470/465.... Fail
    Nope - trolls actually FAIL.Also your "comment" FAIL
  • nforce4max
    mayankleoboy1only 465 was fail. just like the 5830.
    Cough 6790