When In Doubt, Update Drivers

As I mentioned in the last post, I was extremely nervous about my computer “investment” considering the choppy performance in Deus Ex: Human Revolution thus far. When I re-downloaded Fraps, I finally saw the full scope of the depravity: ~15 fps standing still in the outdoor environments, single digits walking around. Keep in mind, that was with the lowest texture settings, AA set to one notch above “none,” and a 1440×900 resolution. As is often the case in these things, Google was fairly useless other than letting me know that people with lesser machines were miraculously getting better performance.

Then, in my darkest… half-hour, I fell back on my most basic of training: when in doubt, update drivers.

The Nvidia driver update did not actually solve anything. But in the process of updating it, I noticed a Virtu Control Panel button in the System Tray. Screwing around with the settings there did nothing. That was when I chose the “check for updates button,” navigating to their website for the latest driver. Which said:

New games added

  • Battlefield 3
  • Shogun2
  • Crysis 2
  • DiRT3
  • Deus EX Human Revolution

From what I gather, the Virtu program basically creates a virtual GPU that combines the power of your processors + your normal graphics card. Or, in my case, prevent my computer from using the goddamn graphics card. No, seriously. Once the driver was updated, I loaded up Deus Ex and had a maximum settings, 105 fps orgasm. We’re talking Perpetual Motion Machine lubricant smooth. This feels like an entirely different game than I was playing for the last 15 hours. I almost feel like starting the game over entirely.

So, when in doubt, update drivers. Including the drivers for shit you didn’t even know was installed on the machine.

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Posted on December 11, 2011, in Commentary and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on When In Doubt, Update Drivers.

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