NVIDIA releases ForceWare 91.31 drivers

— 1:00 AM on June 26, 2006

NVIDIA's ForceWare Release 90 driver update has finally reached an official, WHQL-certified state with the new ForceWare 91.31 drivers. These drivers bring several major changes over the previous 8x.xx releases, the most obvious being a brand-new control panel with an interface inspired by Windows Vista. This control panel adds a temperature monitor that can keep track of temps over time, new HDTV quality settings, and a number of other miscellaneous enhancements. ForceWare 91.31 also introduces NVIDIA's PureVideo HD hardware video acceleration features. PureVideo HD gives GeForce 7-series graphics cards the ability to decode video from high-definition HD-DVD and Blu-ray video discs, although HDCP support is required to play the new discs at their full resolutions.

The driver update also brings the usual host of bug fixes and enhancements over previous releases. NVIDIA says The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion mouse performance was increased, problems with the GeForce 7950 GX2 in previous beta drivers were fixed, and SLI issues were resolved with dual GeForce 6600, GeForce 6800, and GeForce 7800 GT/GTX graphics cards in Windows and a number of games. A complete list of fixes and errata can be seen in the ForceWare 91.31 release notes here (PDF). Additionally, NVIDIA has made a user's guide (PDF) available to guide users through the new control panel.

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