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NVIDIA releases GeForce 290.36 beta driver

NVIDIA release new beta drivers, version 290.36

By Anthony Garreffa on Nov 28, 2011 at 07:47 pm CST - 1 min, 58 secs reading time

NVIDIA have just released the GeForce 290.36 drivers that are set to offer some improvements to a bunch of games, as well as adding support for some new BenQ 3D Vision-capable monitors.

NVIDIA releases GeForce 290.36 beta driver |

First up we have some new SLI profiles for Crysis 2, Heroes and Generals, Inversion, Stronghold 3, and Syndicate. PhysX has been updated to which includes the best PhysX experience for Batman: Arkham City. For a full rundown on what 290.36 offers, check it out below:

NVIDIA Ambient Occlusion:

Adds NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. See the comparison screenshots on

Adds NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. See the comparison screenshots on


Updates PhysX System Software to version for the best PhysX experience in Batman: Arkham City.

NVIDIA Surround:

Enables NVIDIA Surround support for Intel X79 SLI-certified motherboards.


Added or updated SLI profiles for Crysis 2, Heroes and Generals, Inversion, Stronghold 3, and Syndicate.

3D Vision:

Adds support for 3D Vision over native DisplayPort 1.1 connection - available on BenQ XL2420T and BenQ XL2420TX monitors.

Added or updated the following 3D Vision game profiles:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - rated Good

Cang Sheng (苍生) - rated Good

Diablo 3 - rated Good

Fei fei (飞飞) - rated Good

Final Combat (大冲锋) - rated Good

L.A. Noire - updated rating to 3D Vision Ready

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 - rated Fair

Qian Nv You Hun Online (倩女幽魂Online) - rated Good

QQ Xi You (QQ西游) - rated Good

Sonic Generations - rated Good

Xian Tu (仙途) - rated Good

Yong Bing Tian Xia Online (拥兵天下 Online) - rated Good

HD Audio:

Updates HD Audio driver to version

Some Key Bug Fixes:

Fixes random flickering as Windows boot logo is loading or fading away.

Fixes corruption in Crysis 2 with SLI and lower quality shadow settings.

Fixes ability to set Surround resolutions to 5760x1080 using custom resolutions.

Fixes some random instances of triangular artifacts when playing Battlefield 3.

Fixes corruption seen in Settlers 7 with 275.33 drivers.

Other Details:

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.

Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.

The drivers can be found here.

Last updated: Nov 30, -0001 at 12:00 am CST

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.


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