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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.
On March 3rd 2009, Nvidia has officially renamed their GeForce 9800 GTX+ video card to GeForce GTS 250 and this is the first gpu of Nvidia’s GeForce GTS 200 series and another card that is said to come from this series is GTS 240 which is a rebranded 9800 GT, this series of cards are based on Nvidia’s 55nm G92b core, Nvidia is schedule to officially rename its G92-based graphics cards series.
It all started with 8800 GTS rebranded to 9800 GTX and 9800 GTX get an overclocked version which is 9800 GTX+ in which Nvidia upped the clocks by reducing the die from 65nm to 55nm and finally it gets the name of GeForce GTS 250. Nvidia’s GeForce 9800 GTX+ was released in July 2008 with a purpose to compete ATI’s Radeon HD 4850.
GeForce GTS 250 VS GeForce 9800 GTX+
I know the whole internet is full of why the hell is Nvidia bringing a gpu that is already in the market, yes, there is no difference in both 9800 GTX+ and GTS 250, but, GTS 250 has slight differences and the main difference is a new VBIOS, also Nvidia set the standard memory for GTS 250 to 1GB instead of 512MB and some of Nvidia partners are going to launch even 2GB memory version of this graphics card. Another difference is GTS 250 length, this card has a 9 inches long PCB instead of large 10.5 inches long PCB of 9800 GTX+. Another change is that GTS 250 requires only one PCI-Express power connector instead of two power connectors and runs at maximum TDP of 150W which is good for users with older power supplies that have only one PCI-E power connector. Beside this slight difference between GeForce GTS 250 and GeForce 9800 GTX+, both cards comes with same specs and features.
Nothing to get excited because GTS 250 is rebranded 9800 GTX+, 9800 GTX+ is an overclocked 9800 GTX and 9800 GTX is a rebranded 8800 GTS.
But still I will list specifications here, GPU clocks for this card are 738MHz and Stream Processors are running at 1836MHz, it has 128 Shader Processors and Texture Fill Rate is 47.2 billion/sec. Standard Memory configuration is 512MB or 1GB GDDR3 with a Memory Interface Width of 256-bit, Memory Clocks are at 1100MHz (2200MHz Effective) and Memory Bandwidth is 70.4GB/sec.
Some of the features of GeForce GTS 250
- NVIDIA® PureVideo® HD Technology
- Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration
- 3-way and 2-way NVIDIA SLI® Technology
- NVIDIA PhysX™ Technology
- NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology
- NVIDIA HybridPower™ Technology
- PCI Express 2.0 Support
A 1GB GeForce GTS 250 will cost you around US $149.99 and it’s 512MB version will cost you around US $129.99. Whereas a 512MB 9800 GTX card is available around US $149.99.
These video cards are said to arrive retail stores by March 10.
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
A newer version of PhysX system software has been released on 30-Jan-2009 and it’s verion is 9.09.0121. This new version is intended to take care of various issues with older version of the PhysX system software, 9.09.0010, which was released 13-Jan-2009 and comes included with official GeForce driver version 181.22 which was released 22-Jan-2009.
In particular it fixes the problems with some games, PhysX SDK runtime environment in multi-GPU configurations, installation and graphics accelerator related. There are some performance improvements reported in GeForce GTX 285 and GeForce GTX 295 gpu’s. These PhysX system software are recommended to use with EA’s pc game Mirror’s Edge for best performance and to get rid of random crashes.
Click Here to download Nvidia PhysX system software Verion 9.09.0121!
Nvidia has issued new PhysX system drivers version 9.09.0010 for its GeForce 8, 9 and GTX 200 series desktop GPUs as well as all AGEIA PhysX PPUs (Physics Processing Unit), even supports GTX 295 and GTX 285 which is going to launch on January 15th. It takes out the problem of crashing on some systems where PhysX is enabled while EA’s Mirrors Edge is running.
Improving of performance in some PhysX enabled games for GeForce GTX 285 and GTX 295 cards. It also take cares of the PhysX SDK runtime engine issues with multi-GPU configurations in Hybrid environments. These drivers have all the latest PhysX SDK Runtimes including the latest PhysX runtimes used in the latest game titles.
Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in many games and demos, some of which are highlighted in PowerPack downloads on http://www.geforce.com. Runtime ONLY upgrades the users with AGEIA PhysX processors. Make sure you install older PhysX system software such as version 8.09.04 if there are no PhysX system software already installed in your system prior to installing this update.
Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on GeForce via CUDA 2.0 for SDK versions 2.7.3, 2.7.2, 2.7.5, 2.8.0 and 2.8.1 (requires graphics driver v177.81 or later). The PhysX control panel can be found in the Windows Start Menu under NVIDIA Corporation.
These are official WHQL Certified drivers and can be downloaded HERE