"Last week NVIDIA introduced the 169.04 Beta Linux driver for
their GeForce and Quadro graphics cards. This X.Org driver
contained a number of GeForce 8 fixes, initial support for the
GeForce 8800GT graphics card, monitoring of PowerMizer state
information, and other changes. More information on the 169.04 Beta
driver is available in this article. What we had not tested,
however, at that time was a performance comparison of the new
driver and the previous 100.14.23 driver. The undocumented fact we
have found is that this 169.04 Beta driver does deliver performance
improvements for the GeForce 8 series on Linux..."
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