ForceWare 182.06 drivers introduce speedups, full OpenGL 3.0


— 3:18 PM on February 18, 2009

A new batch of ForceWare graphics drivers has appeared on Nvidia's website. Numbered 182.06, this update introduces purported performance improvements in a handful of games, and it delivers full OpenGL 3.0 support for recent GeForce graphics cards. (AMD also added full OpenGL 3.0 support in its latest graphics drivers, but as far as we're aware, no games use the new graphics programming interface yet.)

Here's the full list of improvements in the ForceWare 182.06 drivers, according to Nvidia's download page:

  • Recommended for the best experience in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.
  • Boosts performance in several 3D applications. The following are examples of improvements measured with Release 182.06 WHQL drivers vs. Release 181.22 WHQL drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
    • Up to 8% performance increase in Fallout 3 at high resolution and AA.
    • Up to 10% performance increase in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.
    • Up to 9% performance increase in Half-Life 2 at high resolution with AA.
    • Up to 11% performance increase in Left 4 Dead at high resolution with AA.
    • Up to 10% performance increase in Race Driver: GRID at high resolution and AA
  • Includes full support for OpenGL 3.0 on GeForce 8-series, 9-series, and 200-series GPUs.
  • Automatically installs the new PhysX System Software version 9.09.0203.

The official release notes (PDF) also mention bug fixes related to Lord of the Rings Online, Fallout 3, Crysis, and power-state switching in GeForce 9800 and 8800 cards. Check the PDF for all the details.

You can download the new ForceWare 182.06 drivers right now for Windows Vista x86, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, and Windows XP Pro x64.

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