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Windows 7: nVidia Driver Update & the Windows Experience

09 Feb 2010   #1

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nVidia Driver Update & the Windows Experience

I recently (re)installed a GTX260 video card in my system and loaded the nVidia 195.62 driver package. I then went into The Windows Experience and refreshed. Video scores were 7.2 - nice.
After that I noticed that there was a newer nVidia driver out - 196.21. I installed that. I then noticed in System Properties the note that I had installed new hardware and should refresh The Windows Experience. Did that. Now my video score is 7.0!

Just now I see that we have 196.34 - bug fix for overclocking GPU. Which I don't do (manually). Any relationship to above?

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09 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64

About right. Catalyst 10.1 drivers lowered my Vantage score by a bit less than 500 marks.
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09 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

The WEI program is know to be fickle I wouldn't read to much into it. If your really concerned run a real graphic benchmarking Program like Futuremark CPU and 3dMark06 Grahic. Here is little more information on their site Futuremark And a place to download trial versions of this software
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10 Feb 2010   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

No, not that concerned. More like amused. I was wondering if WEI is interactive and my video card had been downgraded from "fairly good" to "average"!
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