Originally Posted by ifti
I am using Dell's stock driver from their site - 167.55.
Im using this since I have the BluRay drive and want to keep BluRay functionality.
Anyways, my 3DMark score was just over 12,300 with the stock driver, and it has run all games on high settings so far, perfectly fine at max res.
Ive treid gears of War, Bioshock, and NFS ProStreet so far. All run at 60FPS+ at 1920x1200, with all settings at the highest. Dont see the need for another driver yet, so I'll wait for Nvidia to release their Beta....
I got my new XPS 1730 a couple of days ago and the first thing I did was run 3dmark06 with default settings straight out of the box. I am scoring just over 10,800. It is strange to me though - as you are scoring 12,300 and this link http://service.futuremark.com/result...eResultType=14
shows the score at 13,659. I couldn't afford to go with the Xtreme processor so I have the 2.4Ghz. Comparing the broken down scores though, my CPU score wasn't the big discrepency - my SM2.0 score was (Shader 2.0?).
The sm 2.0 score on the link above was 6405 where as mine was 4909. I am using the default video driver that was used in the comparison above.
I am just wondering - would the Xtreme CPU make that big of difference in a shader score?? I thought 3dmark tested the specific hardware in each test (i.e. GPU or CPU but not both at the same time).
I am going to try th 174.12 drivers mentioned in this thread from laptopvideo2go and see how it runs.
I have tried the Crysis demo at 1280x1024 with all details on high and it is smoooth. I ran the UT3 demo at max res, mad details flawlessly. World in conflict at max res max details runs pretty good, but I think I am going to tone down the shadows, when a large battle is on screen it got laggy (could've been the server I was on though).
Any tips to get better performance besides waiting for more mature drivers? I uninstalled all the dell crap and turned off aero and all flashy windows OS eye candy and my score only went up like 30 points....no difference.