Reply 260 of 306, by bloodem
Joseph_Joestar wrote on 2022-07-22, 13:07:
I did find 45.23 drivers (which do support SSE2) to be faster than both 30.82 and 40.72 on my Athlon64 + GeForce4 Ti4200 system.
I can't say with certainty whether it was due to SSE2 or not, but the game benchmark scores are noticeably better. On a side note, 3D Mark scores were higher with older drivers, but actual game benchmarks (both Direct3D and OpenGL) were better with 45.23.
Interesting... but I do notice something very strange in your results, though: the Quake 2 Software benchmark which apparently has more performance with 45.23 compared to 40.72.
I've never ever seen a driver influence in such a big way the performance of Quake 2 when running in software mode (and it wouldn't make much sense either). In your particular case, it seems like the CPU performance was a bit faster when testing with the 45.23 driver.
Not sure if that's the case for you, but I've encountered a similar bug on certain VIA platforms (in combination with certain VIA drivers): 2 out of 5 restarts, the apparent CPU performance changes for the better.
2 x PGA132 / 5 x Socket 3 / 9 x Socket 7 / 12 x SS7 / 1 x Socket 8 / 14 x Slot 1 / 5 x Slot A
5 x Socket 370 / 8 x Socket A / 2 x Socket 478 / 2 x Socket 754 / 3 x Socket 939 / 7 x LGA775 / 1 x LGA1155
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