Nvidia releases new GeForce 8 drivers for WinXP

— 4:48 PM on April 5, 2007

Unlike AMD, whose latest Catalyst 7.3 graphics drivers are a unified release for Windows Vista and Windows XP alike, Nvidia has left XP users in the dust somewhat as it works on its Vista drivers. The company's XP drivers for GeForce 7-series and older cards haven't been updated since November 2, 2006, and the last time Nvidia updated its Windows XP GeForce 8800-series drivers was in early January. The company has now remedied the second problem with a new set of drivers meant for Windows XP users who run GeForce 8800-series graphics cards. These new ForceWare 97.94 drivers are available for Windows XP, Windows XP x64, and Windows Server 2003 x64.

These drivers don't seem to improve performance or fix many bugs. Nvidia's release notes only list four fixes: one has to do with MPEG2 high-definition video clips, one with an application profile for the Titan Quest demo, one with system crashes linked to suspend and resume cycles, and a fourth with SLI screen corruption in Company of Heroes. The new drivers only support GeForce 8800-series cards, so users of older products are still stuck with the November 2, 2006 93.71 ForceWare.

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