IM STILL ALIVE Jul 4, 2013 @ 2:19am
Updating my Video Driver [Nvidia]
What the title says and Im no computer expert and I just want to ask will this increase my FPS?
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mAGNUSwAKER (Banned) Jul 4, 2013 @ 2:32am 
Yes. It can increase GPU performance (as in fps may increase) because it may include code to help the game(s) run better or update it's libraries to run certain code.

However it's really down to what your graphic card you have as well.
IM STILL ALIVE Jul 4, 2013 @ 2:35am 
Originally posted by Magnus Waker:
Yes. It can increase GPU performance (as in fps may increase) because it may include code to help the game(s) run better or update it's libraries to run certain code.

However it's really down to what your graphic card you have as well.
What do you mean by down?
100% Recycled Awesome Jul 4, 2013 @ 2:50am 
Originally posted by Magnus Waker:
Yes. It can increase GPU performance (as in fps may increase) because it may include code to help the game(s) run better or update it's libraries to run certain code.

However it's really down to what your graphic card you have as well.

Really? With nVidia drivers, it's always a fracken crapshoot on whether or not it will help you out. Especially the beta drivers. Holy Hell, people should stay away from those given their track record. There was a batch of about 10 nVidia drivers that actually made thing worse.

Only real reason you should update drivers if is you're having texture/shader problems.
Last edited by 100% Recycled Awesome; Jul 4, 2013 @ 2:50am
100% Recycled Awesome Jul 4, 2013 @ 2:52am 
Originally posted by "_★_" Ʃ83:
What the title says and Im no computer expert and I just want to ask will this increase my FPS?

Might. Might make it worse.

Hard to say. Especially with nVidia drivers.

Here are things that will likely increase your FPS without risking problems:
1) Set HL2.exe in task manager to run at high priority
2) Reduce graphical settings (aka, turn shadows off)
3) Reduce resolution (1600 x1200 to 1200x800)
4) Close background program (like turn off your browser)
Last edited by 100% Recycled Awesome; Jul 4, 2013 @ 2:53am
Satsujin Jiken Jul 4, 2013 @ 2:58am 
You should always keep your graphics drivers up-to-date (newest possible) unless separately and specifically informed that the newest is not best for what you do.
IM STILL ALIVE Jul 4, 2013 @ 3:00am 
Okay guys uhm the update was successful and for some reason my screen went black then came back Im not sure if thats part of the update but seems like the update has taken its effect not sure if I should restart my pc...
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Satsujin Jiken Jul 4, 2013 @ 3:02am 
Yeah, that is what the updates do. The black screen in the middle is where the new version of the driver is loaded so you don't have to reboot. Some applications you started before update process might be a little glitchy, but you only need to restart the applications, not the whole operating system.
100% Recycled Awesome Jul 4, 2013 @ 3:02am 
Originally posted by Satsujin Jiken:
You should always keep your graphics drivers up-to-date (newest possible) unless separately and specifically informed that the newest is not best for what you do.

Experience with nVidia drivers has taught me this is severely incorrect.

You're better off sticking with a driver that performs well and doesn't give you problems rather than risking problems with every new driver update. Unless you're having texture/shader issues or you need some specifically written code (such as oculus rift support), you shouldn't update just to update.
IM STILL ALIVE Jul 4, 2013 @ 3:08am 
Originally posted by Satsujin Jiken:
Yeah, that is what the updates do. The black screen in the middle is where the new version of the driver is loaded so you don't have to reboot. Some applications you started before update process might be a little glitchy, but you only need to restart the applications, not the whole operating system.
I just let the update finish and I didn't open any applications and to be honest It really did take effect and I will no longer restart my pc and I cant tell if it did work, Going to a payload server before I update my driver my FPS was kinda low no really sure how low but after updating the driver seems like my FPS got really high :D
100% Recycled Awesome Jul 4, 2013 @ 3:11am 
Originally posted by "_★_" Ʃ83:
Originally posted by Satsujin Jiken:
Yeah, that is what the updates do. The black screen in the middle is where the new version of the driver is loaded so you don't have to reboot. Some applications you started before update process might be a little glitchy, but you only need to restart the applications, not the whole operating system.
I just let the update finish and I didn't open any applications and to be honest It really did take effect and I will no longer restart my pc and I cant tell if it did work, Going to a payload server before I update my driver my FPS was kinda low no really sure how low but after updating the driver seems like my FPS got really high :D

Type:

Net_graph 1

Into console

That gives you a wealth of information in the lower right corner of your screen about your connection and FPS.

If you look at my screenshots, it's also in the lower right corner,.
IM STILL ALIVE Jul 4, 2013 @ 3:12am 
Originally posted by 100% Recycled Awesome:
Originally posted by "_★_" Ʃ83:
I just let the update finish and I didn't open any applications and to be honest It really did take effect and I will no longer restart my pc and I cant tell if it did work, Going to a payload server before I update my driver my FPS was kinda low no really sure how low but after updating the driver seems like my FPS got really high :D

Type:

Net_graph 1

Into console

That gives you a wealth of information in the lower right corner of your screen about your connection and FPS.

If you look at my screenshots, it's also in the lower right corner,.
What if I want to remove it, should I replace the 1 with 0?
100% Recycled Awesome Jul 4, 2013 @ 3:13am 
no, just type the same thing in again and it should go away.

I do think it's best if it doesn't distract you to leave it up. That way you can get a historical sense of how your system is performing and what may cause fps drops.

That's how I knew just how many Frames I was losing on the first map of Dustbowl after the robo patch. Went from average 70~80s to less than 30. That's more than 40 FPS!
Last edited by 100% Recycled Awesome; Jul 4, 2013 @ 3:15am
IM STILL ALIVE Jul 4, 2013 @ 3:17am 
Originally posted by 100% Recycled Awesome:
no, just type the same thing in again and it should go away.

I do think it's best if it doesn't distract you to leave it up. That way you can get a historical sense of how your system is performing and what may cause fps drops.

That's how I knew just how many Frames I was losing on the first map of Dustbowl after the robo patch. Went from average 70~80s to less than 30. That's more than 40 FPS!
I tried it and it worked and to be honest I just replace the 1 with 0 is there something wrong?
Satsujin Jiken Jul 4, 2013 @ 3:20am 
Originally posted by "_★_" Ʃ83:
I tried it and it worked and to be honest I just replace the 1 with 0 is there something wrong?

Nope, that is how it is supposed to work. The above poster was wrong. You can also type in other numbers for different versions of net_graph.

IMO no use to keep it up if you aren't having problems.
100% Recycled Awesome Jul 4, 2013 @ 3:21am 
Originally posted by "_★_" Ʃ83:
I tried it and it worked and to be honest I just replace the 1 with 0 is there something wrong?

Meh. I don't know. I've run net_graph_1 for about 6 years so far. I never took it down as it's useful to me.

But it's good that you removed it.

Honestly, I don't even know what the difference between net_graph 0/1/2/3/4 are.

I tried it and it worked and to be honest I just replace the 1 with 0 is there something wrong?

Nope, that is how it is supposed to work. The above poster was wrong. You can also type in other numbers for different versions of net_graph.

IMO no use to keep it up if you aren't having problems.

Hell, I just typed it in once on my old computer and once on my new (and now old) computer.

It's useful in tracking your performance in FPS over time. As well as doing trouble shooting as to what may cause FPS drops and just how large of the magnitude they are. But I'm a numbers guy and that stuff appeals to me.
Last edited by 100% Recycled Awesome; Jul 4, 2013 @ 3:24am
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