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If your Windows 7 Beta experience has been a bit rough so far due to unfriendly graphics drivers from NVIDIA, the company is finally stepping up with a solution. Today, NVIDIA has made available new graphics drivers from its website that apply to GeForce GPUs involved in Windows 7 Beta setups. This also marks the start of regular NVIDIA driver updates for the forthcoming operating system from Microsoft. Needless to say, NVIDIA is pretty excited that Win7 will be the first Windows OS to fully integrate and take advantage of the GPU for both graphics and parallel computing, as it's currently attempting to convince the world that GPUs are really the CPUs of the future. Or something to that effect,... Read more...
NVIDIA Now Providing Notebook Graphics Drivers On NVIDIA.COMNew Notebook Graphics Drivers Unlocks the Latest CUDA and PhysX Applications for Notebook Users SANTA CLARA, CA—DECEMBER 18, 2008—Users with notebooks equipped with NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) now have the added flexibility of downloading upgradeable graphics drivers directly from NVIDIA.com so they can immediately take advantage of new features, improved application compatibility, and performance optimizations. The first graphics driver release from NVIDIA will extend the NVIDIA CUDA architecture to notebook GPUs, enabling the growing number of consumers moving to a notebook-only lifestyle to immediately experience the wide... Read more...
NVIDIA has just recently released a fresh set of beta drivers from some GeForce cards with plenty of noteworthy changes and updates. The GeForce 180 series drivers as they are known are still currently in the beta phase, but NVIDIA wanted to get them out the door ASAP because these new drivers incorporate significant FarCry 2 performance enhancements of the 170 series drivers. But there's more to these drivers than just some FarCry tweaks. First, here are the release highlights as per NVIDIA's website:Beta driver for GeForce 200-series, 9-series, and 8800-series desktop GPUs (refer to the products supported tab for more detail).Recommended for the best experience on Far Cry 2: “Since we first... Read more...
OCZ Announces Availability of Vista 64-bit Drivers for the nia (neural impulse actuator) gaming peripheral After much anticipation from Gamers and Enthusiasts, the 64-bit Windows Vista drivers are now available for OCZ’s ground-breaking Neural Impulse Actuator (the nia). New drivers have been in constant development since the release of the nia, and with this latest availability gamers using 64-bit Vista can now fully integrate the nia into their systems as a revolutionary new gaming device."The migration to the Vista 64 environment with the unified ver. 2.0 software suite required a complete recoding of the human interface device library, but in view of the increasing acceptance of 64-bit computing,... Read more...
NVIDIA has posted a fresh set of Forceware drivers for all of you GeForce owners out there. The new Forceware 178.13s are WHQL-certified drivers for GeForce 6-series, 7-series, 8-series, 9-series, and 200-series GPUs, including the recently released GeForce 9800 GTX+, 9800 GT, 9500 GT and 9400 GT GPUs.In addition to a number of bug fixes, NVIDIA has updated support for PysX in these new drivers and they also allow for two- and three-way SLI configurations on the Skulltrail platform.A number of performance enhancement are offered with the drivers as well, which include... Single GPU increases up to 11% in 3DMark Vantage (performance preset) Single GPU increases up to 11% in Assassin's Creed DX10... Read more...
The latest Catalyst driver suite, version 8.7, is available for download from the AMD website.  In addition to a number of big fixes for both Windows XP and Vista, these drivers add official support for the recently release Radeon HD series of graphics cards and a handful of performance enhancements for single-card and CrossFire configurations.   Here's a snip from the release notes... Performance Improvements: The following performance gains are noticed with this release of Catalyst. 3DMark Vantage: Performance increases of up to 20% is noticed in the Performance Preset on single card configured systems when using ATI Radeon HD 36xx or ATI Radeon HD 34xx products Company of Heroes... Read more...
Who could seriously say that in these troubled times, police don't need all the help they can get?  And, quite honestly, particularly in the neighborhood (no pun intended) of speeders.  Even without watching TV shows such as TruTV's Speeders, all one has to do is look around to see that one reason people may not want a new 55 or even 60 MPH maximum speed limit, despite high gas prices, is that they looooove to drive fast.Landon Wilburn, 11, grew tired of speeders zipping through his subdivision, so after growing hoarse shouting at them, he decided to take matters into his own hands.The youngster, who used to shout at speeders to slow down as they drove through the Stone Lakes subdivision... Read more...
An interesting new conspiracy theory has arisen today. It appears that several laptop OEMs have been having "issues" with their sound card drivers: specifically, the Stereo Mix option is missing from their drivers, which basically means you can't record audio (except from Mic In). Whoops! Is this a case of Dell and others working with the RIAA? A ripten writer noticed this on his Dell laptop. Linkage between Dell (and other OEMs) and the RIAA were posited an obvious theory. Now, while we wouldn't put it past the RIAA to do this, we have what's probably a more likely theory: driver bug. Notably, these incidents seem to have occurred on laptops using a SigmaTel sound card. SigmaTel pretty much... Read more...
You'll recall last week NVIDIA announced that its 177.39 drivers would provide PhysX support on the GeForce 9800 GTX, 9800 GTX+, and GTX 260/280 cards. You'll also probably recall the big dust-up over whether or not NVIDIA was cheating in terms of optimizations for various benchmarks. Whether or not you believe that (read their response here), for end users, the real question is: "where are the drivers? I want to try them." NVIDIA has posted beta versions of 177.39 on its site. Just remember, they're beta, so the normal warnings apply. Windows Vista 32-bit Windows Vista 64-bit Windows XP 32-bit Windows XP 64-bit... Read more...
Just in time for the weekend, AMD has released a brand new set of Catalyst drivers.  The Catalyst 7.12 suite incorporates a number of performance tweaks and bug fixes for all flavors of Windows.  A quick glance at the release notes reveals the following interesting bits of information... Enhanced ATI OverDrive support for the ATI Radeon HD 2900 SeriesThis release of Catalyst introduces an enhanced version of ATI OverDrive for the ATI Radeon HD 2900 Series. Users can now Overclock both GPU engine and graphics memory clock speeds in CrossFire mode (and over-clock single ATI Radeon graphics accelerators as well). Performance Improvements The following performance improvements are... Read more...
ATI has released a new driver and Catalyst Control Center software package for all flavors of Windows XP and Vista.  There are a number of bug fixes incorporated into this release for both XP and Vista users and some performance tweaks as well. "Performance Improvements:  Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and Dark Messiah of Might and Magic performance improves on the ATI Radeon HD2900 XT Crossfire configurations. Improvements of 16% or more can be seen with HDR enabled." Early reports also claim nice OpenGL performance improvement in Windows Vista as well.  You can grab the drivers right here.... Read more...
AMD has been diligently releasing an update to the ATI Catalyst drivers once every month but it seemed like they had missed the driver release for the month of May. However, it looks they got it out the door at the last possible moment because the new drivers are now available for download, dated May 31st. Catalyst 7.5 has two new features, DirectX 10 driver support for Radeon HD 2900 XT cards in Windows Vista and support for the second generation of ATI Theater 650 products. Performance improvements include better OpenGL performance for Radeon X1950 XTXs at high resolutions (1900x1200 or greater)  while anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering are enabled. Doom 3 and Quake 3 show performance... Read more...
Another month goes by, and a new Catalyst driver suite is born. AMD is calling this one version 7.4, and if you're running any OpenGL apps on Vista these are certainly worth trying because AMD is claiming large performance gains in the release notes.  Go here to download.... Read more...
Nvidia has released version 97.94 of their Windows XP GeForce 8800 drivers. The update includes some game compatibility fixes, and a few PureVideo improvements. You can read the release notes here(pdf), and download the drivers here.... Read more...
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