Date: March 13th, 2003.
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
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CONCLUSIONS & AFTERTHOUGHTS
As you can probably make out by this article, I am not impressed. A new driver or in this case, drivers, should in my mind mean better performance to a certain extent. But, as you can see by the results I have shown, the increase in performance, if any, is too small to even notice. Seeing that Hyperion Drivers can in some instances bugger your computer and render it unstable if an improper install occurs, I do not think the risk is worth it.
To sum this small article up, I would really consider just sticking with the Via Hyperion 4.45 drivers for your particular Via motherboard and wait it out until the next version is released and tested. If I could extract one positive out of this driver install, it would be the 3DMark2001se increase for all those 3DMark gurus on the block. Maybe they would install for just the sake of a couple more 3DMarks.
Face it, newer is not always better.
If you have any insight on this topic and would like to discuss my results, email me HERE (Please don't be rude.=D).
*Author's Addition: Feedback from this review has been between supportive to down right bashing. Please understand the real question answered within this review "ARE THEY REALLY WORTH THE INSTALL?" My comments on the results are my own opinions based on my experience with the 4in1 drivers since the beginning. The stability issue raised in some of the feedback was not mentioned in the review due to the fact that there wasn't any issues with the 4.45 driver set in the beginning. Why mention something that is not apparent?*
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