Updated Windows 8 NVIDA beta drivers released

Updated Windows 8 NVIDA beta drivers released

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AMD where quick of the mark releasing drivers for Windows 8 drivers and a little bit slower are NVIDIA who have released beta drivers for the GeForce line of chips. There are 64bit and 32bit for Windows 8, windows 7 and XP.

You will find the drivers on NVIDA’s download site.

This is a beta driver from the R304 family of drivers (304.xx to 306.xx).

New in R304 Drivers:

  • GPU Support
    • Supports the new GeForce GTX 660 Ti GPU.
    • Legacy Support Notification: GeForce 6-series and GeForce 7-series GPUs will be moved to legacy support after GeForce R304 drivers. GeForce R310 drivers (the next major family of drivers) will not support these products.
  • Adds support for NVIDIA TXAA
    • NVIDIA TXAA is new film-style anti-aliasing technique designed specifically to reduce temporal aliasing (crawling and flickering in motion) through a combination of hardware AA, custom CG film style AA resolve, and a temporal filter.
    • The Secret World is the first game to support TXAA. Read about it on GeForce.com.
    • TXAA is supported on GeForce GTX 600-series Kepler-based GPUs.
    • Learn more about TXAA on GeForce.com.
  • Performance Boost – Increases performance for GeForce 400/500/600 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. GeForce 301.42 WHQL-certified drivers. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
    GeForce GTX 680:

    • Up to 18% in Batman: Arkham City
    • Up to 15% in Dragon Age II
    • Up to 10% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
    • Up to 60% in Total War: Shogun 2 (fixes performance issue with latest game patch)

    GeForce GTX 560:

    • Up to 14% in Batman: Arkham City
    • Up to 5% in Battlefield 3 with SLI
    • Up to 4% in Dragon Age II
    • Up to 8% in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings with SLI
    • Up to 7% in Lost Planet 2
  • NVIDIA SLI Technology Adds or updates the following SLI profiles:
    • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare – added
    • Borderlands 2 – added
    • Darksiders 2 – added
    • End of Nations – added
    • F1 2011 – updated
    • F1 2012 – added
    • Final Fantasy XIV – updated
    • Nexuiz – added
    • Orcs Must Die! 2 – added
    • PlanetSide 2 – updated
    • Saints Row: The Third – updated
    • Shogun 2: Total War – updated
    • Sleeping Dogs – added
    • Spec Ops: The Line – added
    • The Secret World – updated
    • Torchlight II – added
    • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier – added
    • Tornado Force – added
    • Tribes: Ascend – updated
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Adds or updates the following 3D Vision profiles:
    • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare – rated Not Recommended
    • A New Dawn – rated Fair
    • All Zombies Must Die! Scorepocalypse – rated Good
    • ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead – rated Fair
    • Bang Bang Racing – rated Excellent
    • Borderlands 2 – updated profile with new convergence settings
    • Brave – rated 3D Vision Ready
    • Devil May Cry 4- rated Fair
    • Depth Hunter – updated rating to 3D Vision Ready
    • Dishonored – rated Good
    • End of Nations – rated Good
    • London 2012 The Official Video Game – rated Fair
    • Mad Doc Jr.’s Doom Rails – rated Excellent
    • Mass Effect 3 – updated in-game compatibility message and profile to be more compatible with community 3D mods
    • Max Payne 3 – updated rating to Excellent and updated in-game compatibility message to inform users to use DirectX 11, disable MSAA and use SSA0.
    • Raiderz – rated Fair
    • Roller Coaster Rampage – rated 3D Vision Ready
    • SCANIA Truck Driving Simulator – rated Fair
    • Street Fighter X Tekken – rated 3D Vision Ready
    • Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends – rated Good
    • Tiger Woods PGA 12: The Masters – rated Good
    • Tribes: Ascend – rated Fair
    • The Secret World – rated Good
    • The Walking Dead – rating Good
  • Other Profile Updates
    • Added NVIDIA Control Panel antialiasing support for Diablo III
    • Added NVIDIA Control Panel antialiasing support for L.A. Noire
    • Added NVIDIA Control Panel antialiasing support for Rayman Origins
    • Added NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for Star Wars: The Old Republic
    • Added NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support Counter-strike: Global Offensive
    • Added NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support MechWarrior Online
    • Added NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for Guild Wars 2
    • Disabled FXAA for several Windows programs like Media Player and Movie Maker.
  • NVIDIA Surround
    • Surround settings now persisted after new driver overinstall.
  • Key Fixes
    • Fixes an intermittent vsync stuttering issue with GeForce GTX 600-series GPUs.
    • Fixes an issue where some manufacturer’s factory overclocked cards default to and run at lower clocks.
    • Fixes a performance issue in Total War: Shogun 2 with the latest game patch.

Additional Details

  • Installs PhysX System Software v9.12.0604.
  • Installs HD Audio v1.3.18.0.
  • Supports OpenGL 4.3 for GeForce 400-series and later GPUs.
  • Supports DisplayPort 1.2 for GeForce GTX 600 series GPUs.
  • Supports multiple languages and APIs for GPU computing: CUDA C, CUDA C++, CUDA Fortran, OpenCL, DirectCompute, and Microsoft C++ AMP.
  • Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel and AMD motherboards.
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