Windows 7 testers get GeForce drivers straight from Nvidia

— 2:53 PM on March 2, 2009

Eager enthusiasts downloaded and installed the Windows 7 beta in droves last month, and Nvidia seems happy to serve them. The company has released a batch of drivers especially for the beta operating system, and it invites testers with GeForce GPUs to grab the update directly from its website.

In a press release flaunting the move, Nvidia notes that these GeForce 181.71 drivers support Microsoft's Windows Display Driver Model 1.1 specification. The drivers should also bring "increased performance and reliability" in 3D and 2D apps, including the Windows 7 version of the Aero graphical interface. Going by the official download pages, the drivers work with GeForce 6 through GeForce 200-series graphics cards, although apparently, WDDM 1.1 support only applies to GeForce 8 and later offerings.

The GeForce 181.71 release is available right now for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Windows 7 beta. Nvidia says this "represents the start of regular NVIDIA driver updates for the forthcoming operating system," so keep your eyes peeled for future updates.

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