NVIDIA GeForce Drivers: 335.23 vs 337.50
Prior to today’s release of NVIDIA Forceware R337, the previously available version was 335.23. Many, but certainly not all GeForce users playing Titanfall, likely used R335 drivers. It’s important to use the latest drivers with your video card (true for either manufacturer), since they’re built with a particular library of game titles.
While installing the latest graphics driver may sound like something you hear repeated in an all-too-common fashion, it rings especially true with R337. You see, the optimization that comprise DirectX 12 have been revealed in this new Forceware driver, and it’s fully compatible with three generations of NVIDIA GPUs: Maxwell (700-series), Kepler (600-series), and Fermi (500-series).
Comparing NVIDIA Forceware driver version 335.23 (previous release) to Forceware 337.50 (current release), you’ll notice two different performance trends:
The results illustrated above were obtained by playing twenty rounds of Titanfall with each driver release. Since Titanfall limits the maximum framerate to 60, there was no point in reporting that metric. However, the minimum and average frame rates were particularly revealing. Unfortunately, Titanfall does not have a repeatable level or benchmark performance test, so measuring frame rates fell to repeated sessions using Fraps to capture FPS results. I ignored the five highest and lowest results in order to normalize the tests, and averaged the remaining ten results into the chart.
While the results are not absolute because they compare non-repeatable game action, they do offer a solid indication that a significant amount of free performance boost can be had by simply updating your drivers. NVIDIA is in the position to further extend the life of older (Fermi and Kepler) GPUs, while at the same time offering better performance from current-generation GeForce cards. In my case, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti was capable of 58 FPS average frame rates while playing with maximum graphics quality settings.
In summary, my own tests conclude that there are significant performance gains present in Titanfall that are delivered by using the latest Force R337 drivers when compared to all previously released editions. The drivers are free and the upgrade takes only a few minutes, so it comes highly recommend. If you’re playing Titanfall, it’s worth every extra frame your video card can provide.
The latest GeForce drivers are available from NVIDIA at http://www.geforce.com/drivers.