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I have a nVidia Quadro FX 1700 graphics card and there are different drivers offered at the nVidia driver page:

  • Quadro ODE Graphics Driver
  • Quadro Performance Driver
  • Quadro Partner Certified Driver

And 2 software specific drivers:

  • AutoCAD Performance Driver
  • 3ds Max Performance Driver

So my question is: What is the difference between the 3 first drivers and which one is the best for gaming?

EDIT: The Driver I´m currently using is linked here.

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A link to the page would help, but you might want the performance driver for gaming. – BigHomie Apr 24 '13 at 17:36
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The explanation for each can be found here: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Help.aspx?lang=en-us

Are you having issues in new Quadro Download Type?

To better support our Quadro and Professional Solution products, the new download type will guide you to find the best fit driver with specific purpose and product combination -

  • Quadro Graphics Driver - Official release driver for Quadro and ISV certification support to all ISVs, OEMs and End Users.
  • Quadro Performance Driver - The driver released ahead of "Quadro Graphics Driver" from each major release to support the need of Press performance evaluation on Quadro.
  • Quadro Partner Certified Driver - All drivers certified by our ISVs partners.
  • AutoCAD Performance Driver – NVIDIA Powerdraft performance driver for Autodesk's AutoCAD software. Developed in close collaboration with Autodesk, POWERdraft is a free, downloadable software driver capable of delivering dramatic performance improvements when coupled with NVIDIA Quadro FX professional graphics solutions.
  • 3ds Max Performance Driver – NVIDIA Maxtremeperformance driver for Autodesk's 3ds max software. Developed in close collaboration with Autodesk, MAXtreme is a free, downloadable software driver capable of delivering dramatic performance improvements when coupled with NVIDIA Quadro FX professional graphics solutions.

ODE refers to the first bullet, Quadro Graphics Driver. So based on these explanations, you would generally use the ODE drivers.

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While this link may provide an answer to the question, the URL or its content may change in the future. Please try to include related part of that page in your answer. – gronostaj Sep 4 '13 at 18:11
    
It appears the URL content HAS changed. "ODE" does not even appear on the page. Can you please update your answer? – BrainSlugs83 Jul 22 '14 at 22:43
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ODE - Optimal Driver for Enterprise. Best general purpose driver for legacy Quadro cards. – Jason Navarrete Aug 26 '14 at 22:14

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