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NVIDIA releases new GeForce drivers, 260.89 WHQL

NVIDIA give free performance increases, bug fixes, and SLI profiles with their new 260.89 WHQL drive
By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards News | Posted: Oct 19, 2010 4:02 am

Run an NVIDIA GeForce card? Want some free performance increases or added functionality for other NVIDIA services such as 3D Vision or SLI? Then you'll want to check out their new drivers...




The new NVIDIA drivers are WHQL signed, not beta - will support GeForce 6 series and above as well as the ION platformed GPU's. The suite also includes 3D vision software, GPU-integrated audio device driver (version, and PhysX system software (version 9.10.0514).


There's a bunch of bug fixes, performance increases and support for new GPU's (GT 430).


As for performance increases, they are exclusive to the GTX 460 and 480 GPU's.


Performance Increments:
Compared to GeForce 258.96 WHQL, on the following GPUs.


1. GeForce GTX 480
Up to 10% in StarCraft II (2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF Ultra)
Up to 14% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
Up to 16% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (SLI - 2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
Up to 6% in Aliens vs. Predator (SLI - 1920x1200 noAA - Tessellation on)


2. GeForce GTX 460


Up to 19% in StarCraft II (SLI - 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF Ultra)
Up to 15% in Battlefield Bad Company 2 (SLI - 2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
Up to 12% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (2560x1600 noAA)
Up to 9% in Aliens vs. Predator (1680x1050 4xAA/16xAF - Tessellation on)
Up to 7% in Metro 2033 (1680x1050 noAA - Tessellation on)
Up to 11% in Dirt 2 (SLI - 2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
Up to 12% in Crysis:Warhead (SLI - 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF Gamer)
Up to 13% in Far Cry 2 (2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
Up to 12% in H.A.W.X (SLI - 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF SSAO Very High)
Up to 5% in Just Cause 2 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
Up to 22% in Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (1920x1200 noAA)
Up to 5% in 3DMark Vantage (Extreme Preset)


New 3D Vision profiles
NVIDIA 3D Vision stereoscopic profiles are added for the following games:


Arcania: Gothic 4
Fallout: New Vegas
Formula 1 Racing
Final Fantasy XIV Benchmark
Guild Wars 2
Kane & Lynch 2 - Dog Days
Lead and Gold
Lego Harry Potter
Live For Speed
Lost Planet 2
Moonbase Alpha
Serious Sam HD - The Second Encounter
Shrek Forever After
Vitua Tennis 2009
Virtua Tennis 3


New SLI Profiles
New SLI multi-GPU profiles added for the following games:


City of Heroes: Going Rogue
Alien Swarm
Dead Rising 2
Front Mission Evolved
Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days
LEGO: Harry Potter


Depending on which flavour of Windows you run, here are some links Windows 7/Vista 64-bit,
Windows 7/Vista 32-bit, Windows XP 32-bit and for the 3 people left running Windows XP 64-bit.



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