Nvidia GeForce ForceWare 185.20 Beta drivers have been released Supporting Ambient Occlusion. Ambient occlusion mapping is shading method that can add great lighting details to a scene making it look more realistic. Plus this driver set comes with PhysX system software version 8.11.18.

Nvidia Forceware Logo

Nvidia Forceware Logo

Ambient Occlusion has options to turn it off or set it to low, medium and high settings. AO is currently supported only in Windows Vista.

These drivers support GeForce 6, 7, 8 and 9 series and beside the support for these series these drivers also support GTX 200 video cards and support GTX 295 and GTX 285 video cards which are about to come to the market.

These driver are dated Dec-26-2008. Besides Windows Vista and Windows XP these drivers were tested and worked with windows 7 ultimate 32-bit build 7000 (use the vista 32-bit one).

This is comparison for Ambient Occlusion with it tuned on and off in Crysis.

Ambient Occlusion Off

Ambient Occlusion Off

Ambient Occlusion On

Ambient Occlusion On

Download drivers here:

GeForce 185.20 Beta (Windows XP 32bit)

GeForce 185.20 Beta (Windows XP 64bit)

GeForce 185.20 Beta (Windows Vista 32bit)

GeForce 185.20 Beta (Windows Vista 64bit)

Nvidia GeForce ForceWare 185.20 Beta drivers comparison test.

Test System
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 @ 3.6 GHz
Gigabyte GA-x48-DQ6 @ FSB1800 (Intel x48 chipset)
Gainward GTX 260 216 (575/1240/1000 MHz)
2x 2048 MiB (4096 MiB) OCZ DDR2-1066 @ 540 MHz 5-5-5-18
BeQuiet! P7 550 Watt
Windows Vista Premium x64

Tested Drivers
Geforce 177.34 (14.07.2008)
Geforce 178.24 (15.10.2008)
Geforce 180.48 (19.11.2008)
Geforce 180.98 beta (12.12.2008)
Geforce 185.20 (26.12.2008)

Driver settings
Texture Filtering: Quality
Vertical Sync: Off
MipMaps force: none
Trilinear optimization: A
Anisotropic sample optimization: Off
Negative LOD Bias: Clamp
Gamma-adjusted AA: A
AA mode: 1xAA, 4xAA, 8xQAA
Transparency AA: Off

Tested Resolutions
1680×1050, 1xAA / 1xAF
1680×1050, 4xAA / 16xAF
1920×1200, 4xAA / 16xAF
(1920×1200, 8xAA / 16xAF)

Benchmarks
Assassin’s Creed – 1.02
Call of Duty 4 – 1.6
Crysis – 1:21
Dead Space
Far Cry 2
Left 4 Dead
Stalker: Clear Sky – 1.5.0.4

Assassin Creed

Assassin Creed

Call Of Duty 4

Call Of Duty 4

Crysis

Crysis

Dead Space

Dead Space

Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

Stalker Clear Sky

Stalker Clear Sky

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