Extreme Tech: Yesterday, Nvidia released the GeForce 337.50 beta drivers to much fanfare. Nvidia itself said that the drivers could improve single GPU performance by up to 64%, and SLI configurations by up to 71%.
When the Nvidia-provided benchmarks then failed to provide evidence of these massive performance boosts, we were a little skeptical. Then, when we looked closer and saw that Nvidia’s numbers specifically targeted on Battlefield 4 and Thief — two games that AMD has been pushing as the vanguard of Mantle support — we started to wonder if Nvidia was up to something slightly more sinister than simple number massaging.
Yesterday, we also hadn’t had a chance to run our own GeForce 337.50 driver tests. Now we’ve run some tests, and looked at the benchmarks published by other sites, and it’s clear that Nvidia has overpromised and underdelivered.