How much does Nvidia’s Geforce 388.31 driver impact Destiny 2’s performance?

Destiny 2 Beta PC Performance Review

How much does Nvidia’s Geforce 388.31 driver impact Destiny 2’s performance?

When Nvidia released their new Geforce 388.31 drivers, we found that a lot of gamers were unable to replicate Nvidia’s results, leaving many confused as to whether or not Nvidia’s own testing was valid. 

This is something that required some further testing to validate, which means that we need to take another look at Destiny 2. 

Testing Methodology – Nvidia Testing

We decided to take a different approach when looking at Destiny 2’s performance, deciding to spend our time looking at all of the game’s graphical presets on our GTX 1060 Strix, rather than simply retest the game in a range of GPUs under a single preset. 

 
This method will allow us to discover whether or not Nvidia focused on specific graphical settings or provided optimisations that could be applied to the whole game, regardless of the graphical presets used. 

What we discovered was the Nvidia’s new drivers focus heavily on Destiny 2’s Highest graphical preset, which means that users of lower graphical settings will only see a minimal improvement to game performance. 

When looking at the game at 1440p using the game’s highest preset we see a 20-25% performance gain when looking at both the game’s minimum and average framerate, though when using lower presets the performance impact of this driver is almost non-existent. It is clear that this driver focuses on settings like 3D Ambient Occlusion and the game’s highest Depth of Field settings and other advanced graphical effects. 

 

How much does Nvidia's Geforce 388.31 driver impact Destiny 2's performance?   

 

Do AMD’s recent drivers have a performance impact?

When looking at AMD’s RX 480 using their latest drivers we can see that performance is almost identical to the game’s launch version, showing that this increase in performance is not due to a game update. 

Back when we originally tested Destiny 2, AMD’s RX 480 had a notable performance advantage over Nvidia when using the game’s Highest preset, explaining why Nvidia would work so hard on a new Destiny 2 driver after launch. 

It seems that Nvidia is taking drivers very seriously when AMD is found to have a performance advantage, just like in Forza Motorsport 7.   

How much does Nvidia's Geforce 388.31 driver impact Destiny 2's performance?

 

Conclusion  

Without a lot more dedicated testing it is hard to tell whether or not Nvidia’s “up to 53%” performance gains hold true, though the company’s average performance gain of 36.4% at 1440p could hold true in certain gameplay sequences.

Looking at the results of our testing, we found that the highest levels of performance improvement could be found at higher resolutions and that the only meaningful performance gains occurred when the game was played using Destiny 2’s Highest preset, which means that those who play the game at lower graphical quality settings will be largely unaffected by this driver release.  

The only thing that we can really say about this driver release is that your mileage will vary, depending on the in-game settings you use, what resolution you play at and exactly where in the game you are playing. 

You can join the discussion on the performance impact of Nvidia’s Geforce 388.31 driver on Destiny 2 on the OC3D Forums.  

Destiny 2 Beta PC Performance Review

How much does Nvidia’s Geforce 388.31 driver impact Destiny 2’s performance?

When Nvidia released their new Geforce 388.31 drivers, we found that a lot of gamers were unable to replicate Nvidia’s results, leaving many confused as to whether or not Nvidia’s own testing was valid. 

This is something that required some further testing to validate, which means that we need to take another look at Destiny 2. 

Testing Methodology – Nvidia Testing

We decided to take a different approach when looking at Destiny 2’s performance, deciding to spend our time looking at all of the game’s graphical presets on our GTX 1060 Strix, rather than simply retest the game in a range of GPUs under a single preset. 

 
This method will allow us to discover whether or not Nvidia focused on specific graphical settings or provided optimisations that could be applied to the whole game, regardless of the graphical presets used. 

What we discovered was the Nvidia’s new drivers focus heavily on Destiny 2’s Highest graphical preset, which means that users of lower graphical settings will only see a minimal improvement to game performance. 

When looking at the game at 1440p using the game’s highest preset we see a 20-25% performance gain when looking at both the game’s minimum and average framerate, though when using lower presets the performance impact of this driver is almost non-existent. It is clear that this driver focuses on settings like 3D Ambient Occlusion and the game’s highest Depth of Field settings and other advanced graphical effects. 

 

How much does Nvidia's Geforce 388.31 driver impact Destiny 2's performance?   

 

Do AMD’s recent drivers have a performance impact?

When looking at AMD’s RX 480 using their latest drivers we can see that performance is almost identical to the game’s launch version, showing that this increase in performance is not due to a game update. 

Back when we originally tested Destiny 2, AMD’s RX 480 had a notable performance advantage over Nvidia when using the game’s Highest preset, explaining why Nvidia would work so hard on a new Destiny 2 driver after launch. 

It seems that Nvidia is taking drivers very seriously when AMD is found to have a performance advantage, just like in Forza Motorsport 7.   

How much does Nvidia's Geforce 388.31 driver impact Destiny 2's performance?

 

Conclusion  

Without a lot more dedicated testing it is hard to tell whether or not Nvidia’s “up to 53%” performance gains hold true, though the company’s average performance gain of 36.4% at 1440p could hold true in certain gameplay sequences.

Looking at the results of our testing, we found that the highest levels of performance improvement could be found at higher resolutions and that the only meaningful performance gains occurred when the game was played using Destiny 2’s Highest preset, which means that those who play the game at lower graphical quality settings will be largely unaffected by this driver release.  

The only thing that we can really say about this driver release is that your mileage will vary, depending on the in-game settings you use, what resolution you play at and exactly where in the game you are playing. 

You can join the discussion on the performance impact of Nvidia’s Geforce 388.31 driver on Destiny 2 on the OC3D Forums.