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Tuesday, 13 July 2010 10:56

Nvidia rolls out Geforce 258.96 driver

Written by Slobodan Simic
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For its GTX 460 cards

Following the launch of its GTX 460 graphics cards, Nvidia has rolled out its newest Geforce 258.96 driver that should take care of the aforementioned card. In addition to the GTX 460 cards, the new WHQL driver also supports Geforce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300 and the rest of the 400 series cards as well as Nvidia's ION GPUs.

As far as features are concerned, the new driver adds support for Nvidia's 3D Vision Surround, updates PhysX software to version 9.10.0224 and HD Audio driver to 1.0.15.0, and brings performance increases for Geforce GTX 400 series GPUs in several PC games.

The performance improvements include games like Metro 2033 for both single and SLI setups, Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X, Crysis: Warhead, Aliens vs Predator, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, World in Conflict and Just Cause 2. Don't expect any wonders as the biggest performance increase is in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat and Aliens vs. Predator, and it is mere 10 to 12 percent.

You can find the new driver here.


Last modified on Tuesday, 13 July 2010 12:01
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0 #1 Quartz 2010-07-14 10:02
Has anyone done any work on whether these new drivers benefit older cards?

For instance, this box has a Geforce 7600 in it.
 
 
0 #2 blandead 2010-07-15 01:44
Quoting Quartz:
Has anyone done any work on whether these new drivers benefit older cards?

For instance, this box has a Geforce 7600 in it.


my gtx 280 stopped crashing with some games when oc'ed so I think it's better even though it wasn't listed in the official improvements
 
 
0 #3 SiliconDoc 2010-07-25 19:27
Quoting Quartz:
Has anyone done any work on whether these new drivers benefit older cards?

For instance, this box has a Geforce 7600 in it.


The solid rule of thumb is get the update, unless you have an ati card, then the update will likely break as much or more than it puportedly fixes.
Your 7600 is listed in the release notes as supported, go to the link, NVidia's site is FAST unlike AMD's crashing and crawling website of gobbledygook that often has enthusiasts stating on blog posts "it's down".
Note - NVIDIA's driver covers all the way back to the 6 series, and the ION. THAT'S WHAT UNIFIED MEANS!
 
 
-1 #4 SiliconDoc 2010-07-25 19:28
Ati ? It's anyone's guess. Surf the crashing crybaby forums for arcane fixes and flap lip tips on which driver to get before hacking the crap out of the failed install, DL'ing dot2.0 and C++ redist, and all the rest of the headaches. Don't forget to hack the deeply embedded xml file to fix 2d clocks, unlock the CCC oc to change it just 1mhz to try in desperation to prevent crashes, etc. etc.
 

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