New Nvidia Drivers Pack Performance Boosts, Automatic Updates

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Nvidia released its new 270 driver series today, with a full set of new tools and performance improvements. Users can now configure the Nvidia control panel to automatically check for and apply driver updates or can simply choose to be notified when new updates are available. Update frequency and beta update notification can also be set separately.

There's the usual bevy of small improvements across various games, though some titles—Just Cause 2 and Civilization V--gain markedly more than others. There's also a tremendous performance gain for anyone playing Dragon Age 2; Nvidia claims that even the modest GeForce GTX 560 Ti is 3.6x faster with the 270 series than it was previously.

If you like 3D gaming, you'll like these drivers.

Those few of you with 3D Vision solutions are also in for a treat; Nvidia claims that multiple titles—Call of Duty: Black Ops, and MW2, for example—are more than twice as fast when running in this mode. These new drivers are part of a multi-product full court press that NV is apparently putting on 3D gaming as a feature. There are a variety of new 3D-enabled monitors and technologies on the way, as well as new displays that feature NV's own tech 'baked in.'

Color us curious--how many of you have played with or are considering a 3D setup? Is there a specific ability or feature you're waiting for, or is it a matter of cost and desktop space?
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fat78 replied on Wed, Mar 30 2011 10:01 PM

Well the winner of this month's contest is going to be happier.

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omegadraco replied on Wed, Mar 30 2011 10:06 PM

I certainly would consider 3D gaming but my current system will not really support it very well. Mostly it is a matter of cost for me.

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Inspector replied on Wed, Mar 30 2011 10:25 PM

"Color us curious--how many of you have played with or are considering a 3D setup? Is there a specific ability or feature you're waiting for, or is it a matter of cost and desktop space? "

Its a matter of who wins the contest... :D

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rapid1 replied on Thu, Mar 31 2011 12:44 AM

I would like to see the results of 6990 and 590 redone using these drivers. I may use ATI currently, and have a lot in the past, but we gotta keep that poker hot on ATI's butt lol!

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FreeJet replied on Thu, Mar 31 2011 12:46 AM


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pwhittak replied on Thu, Mar 31 2011 5:15 AM

I use a 32 inch led tv as a monitor. i was going to get 3d but the biggest screen i could find was 22 i think and i wanted bigger. If you are going to run 3d then its best on a bigger screen

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Mar 31 2011 6:00 AM

Hmm... Looks like FarCry and Batman are sadly out of the loop in terms of performance updates.

Sad, I thought they would at least have a 150% performance increase then normal...

Still, good driver release by NVIDIA!


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the price woul,d have to drop for me to play 3d content

my system would handle it fine but to go 3d i would want the whole works tv/all the apps and a 55 inch screen

that means i need two now so lets see who wins the contest

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Any form of 3d that requires me to wear glasses is instantly out. With my eye problems they give me a pretty nasty headache inside of 15 minutes, on top of looking like a total dork wearing two pairs of glasses. Asymmetric 3d works fine since it doesn't need glasses, but currently only hand held devices are planned that use those panels.

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JCrosby replied on Thu, Mar 31 2011 12:08 PM

Glad to see nV still pushing out the new driver releases... but come on. These particular benchmarks show an increase for the top of the line gaming hardware, which is about 1 or 2 percent of actual PC gamers.

I've seen the demos in stores for 3D stuff. Never been slightly impressed with it, can't see the advantage it really offers in terms of playing a game. There is a little "wow" factor, but they'd have to give it to me to get me to try it on a more consistant basis. Otherwise, I'm perfectly satisfied with the games that are being produced without it.

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I've experimented with iZ3d's red-cyan anaglyph driver and it's ok. I really want to see how 3d technology has improved over the past years. It's cool that nvidia is really focusing on experience as well as performance!

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Joel H replied on Thu, Mar 31 2011 2:10 PM

I'm not sure why you'd think Far Cry or Batman would still be heavily optimized. Far Cry 2 is 2.5 years old; Batman: AA is 1.5 years old. They both run well on older game hardware.

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wow quite impressive driver update

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