New NVIDIA Graphics Driver Updates

New NVIDIA Graphics Driver Updates

Postby Nightwatch on 18 Oct 2008 14:49

Hi,

Nvidia announced a new Graphics driver 178.24 on 15-October-2008 with which continues to offer NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory.

From Nvidia Site:

New in Version 178.24:

Adds support for newly-released GeForce 9-series motherboard GPUs.
Includes several application compatibility fixes. Please read the release documentation for more details.

Release 178 Highlights:
WHQL-certified driver for GeForce 6-series, 7-series, 8-series, 9-series, and 200-series GPUs.
Adds support for GeForce 9800 GTX+, 9800 GT, 9500 GT and 9400 GT GPUs.

Adds support for NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory (this driver package installs NVIDIA PhysX System Software v8.09.04).

Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in several full games and demos today by downloading the GeForce Power Pack.

Adds support for 2-way and 3-way NVIDIA SLI technology with GeForce GTX 200-series GPUs on Intel® D5400XS motherboards.
Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI™ technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL, including 3-way and Quad SLI technology.
Supports CUDA™.
Supports NVIDIA GeForce 3D Stereo Technology.
Supports Folding@home distributing computing application. Download the high performance client for NVIDIA GPUs here and join the NVIDIA team: #131015.
Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.

Includes several 3D application performance improvements. The following are examples of improvements measured with v178.24 WHQL versus v175.19 WHQL driver:

Single GPU increases up to 11% in 3DMark Vantage (performance preset)
Single GPU increases up to 11% in Assassin's Creed DX10
Single GPU increases up to 15% in Bioshock DX10
Single GPU increases up to 15% in Call of Duty 4
Single GPU increases up to 8% in Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
2-way SLI increases up to 7% in Bioshock DX10
2-way SLI increases up to 10% in Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts DX10
2-way SLI increases up to 12% in Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
2-way SLI increases up to 10% in World in Conflict DX10

Includes numerous 3D application compatibility fixes. Please read the release notes for more information on product support, features, driver fixes and known compatibility issues.

DOWNLOAD Link (please follow the instructions and choose your region. e.g. US, UK, Chinese,etc.)

http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us


Supported Products:

GeForce GTX 280
GeForce GTX 260
GeForce 9800 GX2
GeForce 9800 GTX+
GeForce 9800 GTX
GeForce 9800 GT
GeForce 9600 GT
GeForce 9600 GSO
GeForce 9500 GT
GeForce 9500 GS
GeForce 9400 GT
GeForce 9400
GeForce 9300 GS
GeForce 9300 GE
GeForce 9300
GeForce 9200
GeForce 8800 Ultra
GeForce 8800 GTX
GeForce 8800 GTS 512
GeForce 8800 GTS
GeForce 8800 GT
GeForce 8800 GS
GeForce 8600 GTS
GeForce 8600 GT
GeForce 8600 GS
GeForce 8500 GT
GeForce 8400 SE
GeForce 8400 GS
GeForce 8400
GeForce 8300 GS
GeForce 8300
GeForce 8200
GeForce 8100 / nForce 720a
GeForce 8100 / nForce 720a
GeForce 7950 GX2
GeForce 7950 GT
GeForce 7900 GTX
GeForce 7900 GT/GTO
GeForce 7900 GS
GeForce 7800 SLI
GeForce 7800 GTX
GeForce 7800 GT
GeForce 7800 GS
GeForce 7650 GS
GeForce 7600 GT
GeForce 7600 GS
GeForce 7600 LE
GeForce 7500 LE
GeForce 7350 LE
GeForce 7300 SE
GeForce 7300 LE
GeForce 7300 GT
GeForce 7300 GS
GeForce 7200 GS
GeForce 7100 GS
GeForce 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
GeForce 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
GeForce 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i
GeForce 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
GeForce 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i
GeForce 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a
GeForce 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a
GeForce 6800 XT
GeForce 6800 XE
GeForce 6800 Ultra
GeForce 6800 Series GPU
GeForce 6800 LE
GeForce 6800 GT
GeForce 6800 GS/XT
GeForce 6800 GS
GeForce 6800
GeForce 6700 XL
GeForce 6610 XL
GeForce 6600 VE
GeForce 6600 LE
GeForce 6600 GT
GeForce 6600
GeForce 6500
GeForce 6250
GeForce 6200SE TurboCache™
GeForce 6200 TurboCache™
GeForce 6200 LE
GeForce 6200 A-LE
GeForce 6200
GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
GeForce 6150 LE
GeForce 6150
GeForce 6100 nForce 420
GeForce 6100 nForce 405
GeForce 6100 nForce 400
GeForce 6100


From now on, I will try to update the new NVIDIA driver update news here, on this thread, any other member can also post any new Nvidia driver here.

For ATI drivers, a new thread needs to be opened. I'm not quite knowledgeable on ATI products.
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Postby audioave10 on 19 Oct 2008 04:49

Just a heads-up about this driver. Some on the GSC forums tried this for
Clear Sky and had problems (not serious but less performance). I've
stayed with 175.16 for Clear Sky and it runs beautifully. Otherwise this
is a good driver but the installation of the "Physics" part is tricky if your
system isn't up to the task.
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Postby nandersen on 20 Oct 2008 23:02

To me the release notes look very much the same as for the previous version (from September)...
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Postby anchor.1 on 21 Oct 2008 14:08

There are complaints on various game sites saying this PhysX acceleration significantly reduces the FPS rate, but I heard that some can play STALKER easily, strange...
Needs to be tried on each game basis, I guess.
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Re: New NVIDIA Graphics Driver Updates

Postby Nightwatch on 22 Jan 2009 00:31

GeForce Release 181

(from Nvidia)

New Features:

Added support for GeForce GTX 295 and GeForce GTX 285
Enables NVIDIA SLI technology on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards with all SLI-certified GPUs.
Enables NVIDIA SLI Multi-monitor support, giving you the ability to use two monitors with your GeForce graphics cards in SLI mode. Now you can easily switch between multi-monitor desktop mode and full screen 3D gaming mode. Learn more here.
Enables NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. Learn more here. (Note: GPU PhysX is supported on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory. This driver package automatically installs PhysX System Software version 8.10.13).
Supports GeForce Plus Power Pack #2. Download these free PhysX and CUDA applications now!
Added support for the new NVIDIA CUDA Video Encoder with H.264 optimization

Blazing Fast Performance:

Boosts performance in numerous 3D applications. The following are some examples of improvements measured with Release 180 drivers vs. Release 178 drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
Up to 10% performance increase in 3DMark Vantage (performance preset)
Up to 13% performance increase in Assassin's Creed
Up to 13% performance increase in BioShock
Up to 15% performance increase in Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
Up to 10% performance increase in Crysis Warhead
Up to 25% performance increase in Devil May Cry 4
Up to 38% performance increase in Far Cry 2
Up to 18% performance increase in Race Driver: GRID
Up to 80% performance increase in Lost Planet: Colonies
Up to 18% performance increase in World of Conflict


DOWNLOAD: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
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Re: New NVIDIA Graphics Driver Updates

Postby audioave10 on 23 Jan 2009 07:59

I'm using the 180.48 on my single-card rig and all is good but I
only have Stalker SOC and GTA 4 on it. It's a 8800 GTS 640MB.
My SLI rig I still have the 175.16 on. It has Clear Sky and Fallout 3
and FarCry 2 on it. I'm too chicken to try physics on it yet. I need
to do some more research first.
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Re: New NVIDIA Graphics Driver Updates

Postby Nightwatch on 23 Jan 2009 13:40

I've downloaded the 181.20 but couldn't find time to install it yet. I'm still using 178.24 and I've enabled the PhysX on my XFX XX (OC) 8600GT card (still running it after 8800FTX burned out a few months back) and this card seems to be doing it quite alright with PhysX enabled. Your card is better than mine, it should handle with no problems. (ps: I have 500W PSU with total 32 amp. on 12V)
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