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NVIDIA is cringing this one out and there's really not much that can be said about it, beyond what the founder of Linux already has.  In a rather passionate response to a student developer's question about NVIDIA driver support for Linux on her notebook, at a talk at Finland's Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship,  Torvalds absolutely rails on NVIDIA for their sub-par support of the Linux operating system.  Linus was asked by the student for his perspective on this very frustrating situation she's experiencing with her machine that is comprised of both Intel and NVIDIA graphics cores, the latter of which doesn't play at all very nice with Linux.  Torvalds goes on to explain that... Read more...
Do you see that over on the horizon? It's Windows 8 -- we'd recognize it anywhere with its luggage of tiles in tow. Some of you might even be playing with Windows 8 already, courtesy of an official Release Preview made available just a few days ago. If so, and if you're rocking discrete graphics from AMD or NVIDIA, we have some good news to share. Both GPU designers announced they've received official certification for Windows 8 in regards to graphics drivers. "NVIDIA’s Windows 8 drivers support all the features in the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) v1.2," NVIDIA said in a blog post. "The drivers also support award-winning NVIDIA 3D Vision and 3DTV Play products, allowing you to... Read more...
Save for the readily available GeForce GTX 670 graphics card, procuring a Kepler-based videocard from Nvidia is no easy task. If you do happen to get your mitts on one, however, you'll want to hop over to Nvidia's driver download site and grab the latest drivers, version 301.42, which happen to be the first WHQL-certified unified drivers from Nvidia's R300 family. According to Nvidia, the new drivers pack "some really nice performance increases in top games," including up to 23 percent better framerates in Just Cause 2 with two or more GeForce GTX 570/580 cards in SLI, up to 21 percent in Skyrim (under the same conditions), and several other double-digit percentage performance bumps. From a support... Read more...
If you don't mind rolling the dice with beta software and own a GeForce graphics card, NVIDIA has some new drivers that might interest you. The GPU maker released its GeForce 301.24 beta drivers, calling it an "essential upgrade for all GeForce users" since they enable NVIDIA FXAA, NVIDIA Adaptive Sync, and NVIDIA Frame Rate Target on all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs. That's not all. The new drivers introduce new NVIDIA Surround features for all Surround-capable GPUs, improve performance in a number of titles, and add new SLI and 3D Vision profiles. Source: NVIDIA NVIDIA's internal testing showed double digit (percentage) performance gains in a number of titles, including Just Cause 2 with... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview has attracted over 1 million downloads since it was made available to the public yesterday, and there's no reason to believe that number won't continue to grow. It isn't the only piece of Windows 8 software out there, however. To ensure smooth sailing with your Radeon graphics card (if you own one), AMD has released special Catalyst drivers specifically for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Some of the highlights of the new drivers include native Stereo 3D support for full-screen and windowed gaming, a Unified Video API, optimized screen rotation, improved sleep/resume performance, and optimized power consumption, according to AMD's release notes. The special... Read more...
Slaying dragons isn't easy, and if that's your goal in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you can use all the help you can get. Provided you're rocking a GPU built by Nvidia, new GeForce drivers released today will give you a "game changing performance boost" to work with, up to a whopping 45 percent, according to Nvidia's release notes. Nvidia is basing that off of performance measured with a GeForce GTX 560 at 1080p with Ultra settings in indoor scenes when compared with the previous driver. The new GeForce 295.73 drivers also offer up to two times the performance in Mass Effect 3 with SLI compared to 285.62. Other highlights include; GeForce-exclusive quality enhancements with ambient occlusion... Read more...
Here's a nice treat for AMD Radeon HD 7970 videocard owners as you get ready to end the work day and head into weekend. The Santa Clara chip maker just released its 8.921.2 RC11 AMD Radeon HD 7900 driver so all you early adopters can squeeze a little bit of extra performance out of your graphics card. Performance highlights include up to a 250 percent performance improvement in TessMark (OpenGL when set to "insane" levels. That's crazy, and also of limited usefulness, though the driver also boosts performance in a handful of popular titles, including: Up to 8 percent in Aliens vs. Predator Up to 15 percent in Battleforge with Anti-Aliasing enabled Up to 3 percent in Battlefield 3 Up to 3 percent... Read more...
If you're reading this, it's only because you're stuck at work. Otherwise, you'd be home in your man cave slaying dragons in Skyrim or shooting up your buddies in Battlefield 3. It's a good thing we caught you too, because before you check out for the day and get ready to blow your weekend playing either of the aforementioned games, there's something you should know. If you own an Nvidia graphics card and are willing to roll the dice with beta drivers, you can squeeze out better performance out of either game with the newly released GeForce 285.79 drivers. These beta drivers are supposed to squash several bugs in Battlefield 3 and make the game run better. The fix applies to both DX10 and DX11... Read more...
Good news for AMD users who have been waiting for OpenGL 4.1 support within Windows and Linux. AMD has just announced wide-ranging support for OpenGL 4.1 for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Linux across select ATI FirePro, FireGL and Radeon graphics card. The new support is being enabled with a new driver release: the FirePro and FireGL drivers are now up to 8.801, and AMD Catalyst drivers now reach 10.12. Both are available today on the AMD website. Full details on what the new drivers offer are below, so what are you waiting for? The download awaits! AMD to Offer OpenGL® 4.1 Support on Microsoft Windows® and Linux Platforms In Latest Driver Release AMD continues its commitment to OpenGL community... Read more...
NVIDIA has made themselves known as a hardware company, and more recently, an innovation company. The company used to battle with ATI in the GPU department, but now they compete with ARM, Intel and Qualcomm in the microprocessor market. But that's not all. NVIDIA is also one of the pioneers in 3D for PCs, and now that they have a solid footing in the graphics market, they're looking to really pull ahead with software innovations. You may wonder what software has to do with improved GPUs, but there's actually a huge link between the two. GPU performance relies heavily on drivers, and poorly written drivers lead to poor performance. NVIDIA recently made drivers a top priority, even going so far... Read more...
AMD is poised to release a new Catalyst drive package, v10.6, that incorporates a number of new features and performance enhancements. While there are a handful of game-specific performance enhancements, it's the new video-related features that are potentially the most interesting. Here is a breakdown of the new features available in the Catalyst 10.6 display driver release, snapped directly from the release notes: GPU acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe Flash Player 10.1 AMD GPU acceleration of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 delivers smooth high definition video playback and reduces system resource utilization Adobe Flash Player 10.1 can be accelerated on notebook and desktop platforms... Read more...
One of the fun things about being a hardware analyst is that every now and then, research and comparison between products turns up something both interesting and unexpected. In this case, we were testing and comparing image quality between ATI's 5970 and the GeForce GTX 480 as part of a system review when we stumbled across an officially confirmed antialiasing bug in NVIDIA's 197.41 drivers. Unlike some "bugs" that artificially inflate benchmark performance or lower detail levels, this one improves image quality by performing supersampling AA (SSAA) across the entire image... Bugged GeForce Drivers Improve Image Quality... Read more...
One of the fun things about being a hardware analyst is that every now and then, research and comparison between products turns up something both interesting and unexpected. In this case, we were testing and comparing image quality between ATI's 5970 and the GeForce GTX 480 as part of a system review when we stumbled across an officially confirmed antialiasing bug in NVIDIA's 197.41 drivers. Unlike some "bugs" that artificially inflate benchmark performance or lower detail levels, this one improves image quality by performing supersampling AA (SSAA) across the entire image. Antialiasing 101 Antialiasing is a process that removes jagged edges (jaggies) from displayed content.  Supersampling,... Read more...
Over the last few years, both ATI and NVIDIA have implemented plans to release mobile graphics driver updates at more regular intervals. Historically, notebook users have been at the mercy of the notebook OEM with regard to mobile graphics driver updates, and OEMs have typically lagged way behind the GPU manufacturers. This left many notebook users out in the cold, while desktop users were treated to performance enhancements, new features, and increased compatibility with the latest games. NVIDIA, however, is making another move in the mobile GPU space, that takes things a step further, with the ultimate goal of unifying desktop and mobile GPU drivers. NVIDIA's Verde GPU drivers, as they are... Read more...
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