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Nvidia has released it’s GeForce WHQL-signed driver, version is 195.62, they released it the day after they released Version 195.62 in beta mode. These drivers provide support for their GeForce series of GPU’s which includes, GeForce 6, 7, 8, 100 and 200 series, plus these drivers has ION desktop GPU support.
GeForce 195.62 WHQL Certified Drivers comes with following changes:
- Smoother Online HD videos in Adobe Flash 10.1 beta through GPU Acceleration support.
- GeForce GT 240 GPU support.
- OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) support for GeForce 8 and later series of GPU’s.
- CUDA ToolKit 3.0 features and performance enhancements.
- New gaming titles Borderlands, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, FIFA Soccer 10 and more gets SLI and multi-GPU support.
- Single GPU and NVIDIA SLI support on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards.
- Plus other bug fixes which include but not limited to improved performance for Need for Speed: Shift.
- These drivers comes with and will install PhysX System Software version 9.09.0814.
Shortly after releasing GeForce 182.46 BETA drivers NVIDIA just released another version of their GeForce drivers, GeForce 182.47 BETA Driver with OpenGL 3.1 Support.
Drivers version 182.47 for Windows and drivers version 180.37.04 for Linux provide beta support for OpenGL 3.1 and GLSL 1.40 support (as well as full OpenGL 3.0 and GLSL 1.30 support)
Supported Graphics Cards!
These driver support GeForce 8 series and higher video cards and a broad range of Quadro cards as well as any ION based products.
Windows 7 Compatible!
Yes, these drivers are Windows 7 Compatible, you can use them if you are using Windows 7, download the Vista drivers and you are good to go.
For more info and download links to GeForce 182.47 Developer Beta Drivers visit this page
GeForce 182.46 BETA Drivers
Incase you are looking for GeForce 182.46 BETA Drivers which take care of several bugs from previous versions of GeForce drivers, I am placing the links to them here.
Windows XP, Windows XP Media Center Edition
Windows XP x64, Server 2003 x64
Windows Vista 32-bit
Windows Vista 64-bit
Nvidia has just released Forceware GeForce drivers for Microsoft Windows 7 Beta, driver version is 181.71, this driver set is in Beta mode which works with GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9 and 200 series video cards. These drivers supports 32-bit and 64-bit versions of current Windows 7 Beta edition. This is the first release of Forceware GeForce drivers from Nvidia and a begining of regular NVIDIA driver updates for Microsoft’s upcoming operating system Windows 7.
Beside the support for Direct3D, Direct2D, DirectWrite and DXVA-HD these drivers support NVIDIA CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture) and NVIDIA PhysX technology. Also NVIDIA SLI is supported on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL applications.
This driver set will install WDDM v1.1 for GeForce 8, 9, and 200-series DirectX 10 GPUs and it will install WDDM v1.0 for GeForce 6 and 7-series DirectX 9 GPUs. These drivers will automatically install PhysX System Software version 9.09.0203 for all GeForce 8, 9, and 200-series GPUs.
Windows 7 32-bit
Windows 7 64-bit
Nvidia has released its ForceWare Geforce 182.06 WHQL certified drivers which brings with it full support for OpenGL 3.0 on Nvidia’s Geforce 8, 9 and 200 series video cards. The major purpose to release these drivers is to raise performance bar in some games running on Nvidia GeForce graphics cards.
Games that will see benefit!
You will see performance gains in some 3D applications and pc games with these drivers over 181.22 WHQL drivers. Some of the games that will see performance raise are F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (10% performance increase), Fallout 3 (8% performance increase), Half-Life 2 (9% performance increase), Left 4 Dead (11% performance increase) and Race Driver: GRID (10% performance increase). Though these are the games that Nvidia promise will see performance boost you might also see performance boost in some other games beside these and even better performance gains than what Nvidia has promised in games listed here it all depends on your system configuration and your video card.
PhysX System Software!
PhysX System Software version 9.09.0203 comes included with these drivers and will be automatically installed in your system.
For more info!
For more information on bug fixes refer to release documentation notes(v182.06) from Nvidia here!
Windows XP 32-bit
Windows Vista 32-bit
Windows XP 64-bit
Windows Vista 64-bit
EVGA has proved again how good they are when it comes to customer support by releasing an SLI Enhancement Patch.
SLI profiles are a part of Nvidia Forceware drivers, they are present in a form of expandable list in Nvidia control panel. What these profiles does? these SLI profiles are needed for pc games and 3D programs to use two or more GPUs to their fullest extent, some games or 3D programs require specific SLI profiles build for them otherwise they won’t run or perform well in SLI mode. As you know every month several new games are released, even though Forceware drivers can run them we need special SLI profiles to get optimized performance from our dual-GPUs for those specific games or 3D programs. Since Nvidia takes some time to update Forceware drivers to bring SLI support for those specific games or 3D programs EVGA took the plunge to release their own enhanced SLI profiles.
SLI Enhancement Patch Info
This is the first SLI Enhancement patch (version: 02.11.09) from EVGA, Evga will update it from time to time, it’s available on their site for their registered users, this patch will improve the SLI performance in pc games Necrovision Demo (DX10 mode) as well as Burnout Paradise. EVGA recommends using this patch with NVIDIA’s ForceWare 182.05 WHQL driver suite.
Whom Should Use This Patch?
If you own a dual gpu card like 7950GX2, 9800GX2 or GTX 295 and if you are running two gpu in SLI configuration.
This patch will work only in Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit as well as in Windows 7.
Visit Evga website to download this patch!
After leaked drivers it’s time for official ones, Nvidia has officially issued new drivers, which are WHQL-certified drivers and version is 181.20.
These new drivers support GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9 and 200 series desktop GPUs which includes GTX 295 and GeForce GTX 285 cards too which are GT200B chip based cards and fabricated on 55nm process technology. New ForceWare 181.20 drivers fixes some glitches from different games.
Some of the great new features are:
These drivers will enable Nvidia SLI technology on SLI-certified Intel X58 chipset based motherboards with all SLI-certified GPUs.
With these ForceWare drivers you can turn on Nvidia PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce video card. You can use one card for graphics and another one for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. (Note: Nvidia PhysX is supported on GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with at least 256MB of dedicated graphics memory. This drivers package will automatically install PhysX System Software version 8.10.13).
Supports GeForce Plus Power Pack #2. Download these free PhysX and CUDA applications now! Nvidia has included support for the new NVIDIA CUDA Video Encoder with H.264 optimization.
Update: Unfortunately Ambient Occlusion is not included in these drivers you have to wait for drivers close to version 185 to expect Ambient Occlusion or you can use 185.20 beta drivers.
To download new drivers and to access the list of improvements and fixes visit these links:
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.
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.
Download drivers here:
GeForce 185.20 Beta (Windows Vista 64bit)
Nvidia GeForce ForceWare 185.20 Beta drivers comparison test.
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
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)
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
1680×1050, 1xAA / 1xAF
1680×1050, 4xAA / 16xAF
1920×1200, 4xAA / 16xAF
(1920×1200, 8xAA / 16xAF)
Assassin’s Creed – 1.02
Call of Duty 4 – 1.6
Crysis – 1:21
Far Cry 2
Left 4 Dead
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