Would be nice to know at which driver they stopped tuning for a certain card (while still supporting it). Often performance took a dive when newer cards got released.
I thought about testing all 98se drivers but there are just to many drivers and to many cards. Then there are lots and lots of games.....
I tend to look at reviews (anandtech, toms) and see what the release driver is. For example: if they released gf4 ti with driver 40.00 and fx5800 with driver 50.00 then everything in between is at least optimized for gf4 and should work very well.
If it is for a certain game, i do what Phil said but optimized for a certain game could mean breaking others.
That seems still true today: drivers optimized for the latest Farcry/AC etc. takes 5-10% off my fps in Grid autosport for example on my current Radeon 290. Had the same thing with my last Nvidia (gtx660).
In the past they even managed to break compatibility with my sony tv: Latest games ran perfect but using my tv to watch a movie resulted in getting purple glitches (tested with r290 and 5870)... amazing.
Also unbelieveable is the fact that you buy an AAA title and the first thing you see is the big Nvidia logo, but Sli doesn't work yet (same with AMD). The number one reason i will never use sli/crossfire again.
There never was/will be a perfect driver 🤣
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