In “8800GT how much memory do you need?” we discussed about the in-game graphic memory usage. We know different game engine needs different size of memory. And guys at NVIDIA said the new drivers will optimize memory access algorithm, let those memory intensive game can be more smooth.
So we start testing after we get the 171.16 beta. Will memory intensive game be more smooth?
CPU: Intel Core2 Q6700ï¼OC:10*333MHzï¼
Mobo: Foxconn P35A-S
GFX: Galaxy GeForce 8800GT 512MB (600/900/1500MHz)
OS: Windows Vista Ultimateã
Driver: NVIDIA Forceware 169.25 WHQL & Forceware 171.16 Beta
We choose three games with different graphic memory requirements. FEAR is not a memory intensive game. Crysis needs at least 512MB.
COH is memory intensive, 1024MB VGA card will be more smooth.
It seems not big improvement in the 171.16beta. The only big improvement is Crysis 4XAA. But one frame per second improvement is meaningless. So the average improvement is 0.5% if we omit Crysis 1920×1200 4xAA High. This means 171.16 did not improve any memory access thing.
Because of the leaked driver did not contain any release note so we can not do any further test about the other improvements.