In 2005 we started our annual AYiR (A Year in Review) articles for looking at the progress of the proprietary ATI and NVIDIA Linux display drivers over time (NVIDIA 2005, NVIDIA 2006). Now in our third year of doing this, it's time to see how NVIDIA's binary driver has panned out over the past year. NVIDIA had introduced GeForce 8 support this year as well as a few other features, but nothing major like in past years, and how has the OpenGL performance changed? With benchmarks in hand, we have the scoop for you today.
This year NVIDIA had introduced a few beta Linux display drivers, while in this article we are only focusing upon the stable drivers. Specifically, these drivers were tagged: 1.0-9755, 100.14.13, 100.14.06, 100.14.09, 100.14.11, 100.14.19, and the recently released 169.07. In addition, NVIDIA has a Quadro Plex Linux driver as well as two legacy Linux drivers, but that isn't part of our testing. Prior to sharing the benchmarks, we have recapped the major changes for each of these releases.
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