Nvidia Stutter is Gone

So back in October, I mentioned a problem I was having with my GeForce GTX 275 in Champions Online after updating to the (then) current drivers of 191.07 from 190.62. Since then I have kept an occasional eye on the Champions forums and gone to the Nvidia site once or twice to see if there were new drivers, but I’ve stayed at 190.62. At least until I caught this twitter status from Daeke. Even though I wasn’t having problems with the 190.62 version, I do like to stay up-to-date, and I’d had no problems rolling back the drivers before. So….

I downloaded the new 196.21 drivers, which were released on the 19th, and did an install. I haven’t had a chance to play Star Trek Online’s beta with them yet, but I did get into Champions Online and did some very informal testing (I’m a developer after all, not QA). So far, I’ve noticed none of the stuttering I’d been having with the old drivers and performance seemed just as good for me as always. We’ll see how it holds up this weekend when I get a chance to play more.


  1. LongascNo Gravatar says:

    Good to know. I am at 195.x notebook version and my card is a GeForce 9800M, so i am probably not affected at all. But maybe the 196.x drivers (not yet released for notebook versions of the GeForce) will give me a boost or somehow improved performance, too. 🙂

    • BrianNo Gravatar says:

      No idea about any of Nvidia’s other card lines. This GTX 275 is actually my first Nvidia card in more than 5 years, I had a bad driver experience and switched to ATI for a long time.

  2. YeeboNo Gravatar says:

    Come to think of it, the drivers I’m using must be at least six months old . . .

  3. BrianNo Gravatar says:

    Honestly it is probably a bad habit of mine to always update drivers when my existing ones work fine, but I was really curious to see if the stuttering issues were fixed or not. My performance was just fine with 190.62 though.

  4. xXJayeDuBXxNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the heads up on the new drivers. The only thing I dislike about ATI is the control center.

    • AnjinNo Gravatar says:

      I have an ATI on my machine and the control center actually won’t update. So it’s the base driver or nothing. And I’m not enough of a techie to bother doing anything about that.

      • BrianNo Gravatar says:

        Really, unless you’re having an issue with a game, there’s no reason to update drivers. I consider it a bad habit, that I’m always going and pulling the latest drivers for my hardware. I have been trying to break that habit, but I went ahead with the Nvidia update because I wanted to test whether or not the original issue had been fixed.

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