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06-14-2010 03:23 PM
Are there any dirvers other than the ones on the hp site that work with the Firebird's two 9800s cards? The ones from HP are a few years old and was wondering if there are any from nvidia that work. Thanks for your time
06-15-2010 06:58 PM
I have been using these:
with a great deal of success across many different game engines.
There is a NEW family of drivers that have just come out, that are supposed to support our GeForce 9800 S cards. Here is a thread about them:
Bottom line, people are having differing levels of success with upgrading the video driver on our Firebirds. This was a constant debate back at The Next Bench.
06-19-2010 07:28 PM
I tried the 197.45, they instlled ok but my WEI Aereo and 3D Gaming scores fell and I had a significant drop in FPS in most of the games that I play. So, I stayed with 190.38 until this week, when I installed the 257.21. My WEI scores stayed the same and I am getting as good-better FPS in most games. Ran into a problem running Prey, since the update, but that might not be driver related, still checking that out.
If you haven't updated to 257.21, I would suggest checking it out. It is a stable driver with some really nice new features.
06-25-2010 01:51 PM
Don't look at WEI. Use 3dmark to see if your drivers are giving you better synthetic performance. Use your favorite games to see how much actual performance you are getting.
06-25-2010 06:29 PM
Yeah, I used to use 3D Mark, but now I like Unigine much better as it has DX11, DX10 & DX9 tests and scores. Yeah, I used the Unigine and the FPS dropped 30% and more (with 197.45)! But I have posted about 257.21 1ke, like, a week ago and they are great performers on the Firebird. SO, I would suggest upgrading to the 257.21, they also have some really nice CP features.
I always found that the WEI scores are quite representative of performance over a wide range of engines, and if you use Games Explorer and Games 4 Windows scores... well it is much easier for people who don't have 3D Mark or Unigine and aren't like driver-heads. So, WEI is accurate and easy to use.
You can get Unigine 2 here: Unigine 2 Benchmark Tool
03-20-2011 04:51 PM
If anyone is still running their Firebord 802/803, like me, the newest driver that works well is 266.58. I am playing Rift with these drivers @ 1920x1060 on high settings and getting 40-50 FPS steady.
Does anyone still use their FB? I am playing all the newest games on mine with great results. FFXIV, Mass Effect 2, Just Cause 2, and Rift. Ran the Crysis 2 demo on my FB, got good FPS... BUT there was a problem, it ran with the 3D Vision enabled and I could not get it to shut off.