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evil3D.net: NVIDIA 0.9-6 First Look

Jan 19, 2001, 22:07 (7 Talkback[s])
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"With the coming of the new Linux beta drivers from NVIDIA lots of folks will be rushing to upgrade. Should you? This new set boasts TwiNView support for the MX, multi-monitor OpenGL support and some bug fixes as well as a few other lesser items. All well and good but, what most NVIDIA card owners want to know is, is it any faster?"

"I picked up the drivers as soon as I discovered they were available. During the installation I noticed some nice additions such as automatic removal the MESA files that get in the way. This feature saves the user a few minutes tracking them all down and removing them. Tucked in with the GLX stuff is the ChangeLog as well as information on using the Twin-View capabilities. I did note that there was no mention of performance in the ChangeLog."

"Once the installation was complete I fired up Quake3 for a little benchmarking. The numbers appalled me. Thinking I may have hosed something I did a totally fresh installation of Mandrake 7.2, XFree86 4.0.1 and the new drivers. Same story. Thinking that maybe XFree86 4.0.2 was the key I upgraded to that. The verdict? I think I will let the benchmark numbers tell the rest of the story."

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