NVIDIA has released the latest version of their GeForce drivers this morning ahead of the launch of Far Cry 3. This release, 310.64, is still in beta, but brings better support for Far Cry 3. Far Cry 3 launches in Europe tomorrow and in North America on next Tuesday, so it's important to update to these drivers if you plan on getting the game.
NVIDIA tested out the new drivers and saw improvements of up to 38 percent in the 600 series of graphics cards. Of course, you mileage may vary as differences between systems, manufacturers, etc will affect performance. However, NVIDIA has said they expect to see improvements of varying degress on any system using a 400 series or newer GPU.
Using the most popular gaming resolution, 1920x1080, we maxed out Far Cry 3's many graphics options, selected SSAO Ambient Occlusion (an excellent balance between performance and fidelity), set the game's version of Transparency Supersampling to "Standard", and enabled 8xMSAA to eliminate those pesky jaggies. As you can see below, today's 310.64 beta driver boosted performance significantly, helping the GTX 670 and GTX 680 achieve playable frame rates at this demanding detail level. Please note that we expect improvements of varying degrees to be seen on any system utilizing a GeForce GTX 400, 500, or 600 series GPU, but due to time constraints we were unable to run comprehensive, in-depth tests ahead of the driver's release.
Pick up the drivers from NVIDIA's site.