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NVIDIA ForceWare 180.47 Analysis - XP & Vista - New Features

NVIDIA has just released one of its biggest driver releases in quite a while. We analyze them under XP and Vista today.

| NVIDIA GeForce Drivers in Software | Posted: Nov 18, 2008 5:00 am

- Performance Improvements

 

NVIDIA has promised faster performance in today's top games, but what's interesting is in the PDF document we received only graphs for two cards where shown; the 9800 GTX+ and the GTX 280 when running in Tri-SLI.

 

While we won't be testing all the games they have shown us in the benchmark section, hopefully some of what we do test shows improvements. Don't forget, though, if you've tested the new drivers on some new games then feel free to leave comments in our forums regarding the performance.

 

- SLI on X58

 

One of the larger features that the new driver offers is SLI support on the new X58 platform from Intel. With our new testbed moving to X58 this is an excellent feature as we will now be able to compare Crossfire and SLI on an even platform.

 

- Multi Display Support with SLI

 

While it is fantastic that NVIDIA has finally decided to give us the ability to run multiple displays when using SLI, everyone will tell you that it's something that should have been offered many months ago.

 

- PhysX on dedicated GPU

 

While PhysX has been around for a while, we continue to see it not really make an impact on the market. The new drivers give us PhysX on a dedicated GPU, but at the moment we do wonder how enticing that is to people.

 

While in theory PhsyX is a great piece of technology, it could be years before we see it really become popular, if at all.

 

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