These next few days are going to be busy for us PC gamers. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 comes out tomorrow, and then a week later, we'll get to enjoy the PC version of Assassin's Creed III. Right on cue, Nvidia has unwrapped a fresh set of beta drivers containing sizable performance optimizations for both of those games.
The GeForce 310.54 beta drivers are available here on GeForce.com, and according to Nvidia, they boost performance by up to 26% in Black Ops 2 and up to 18% in Assassin's Creed III compared to the 306.97 WHQL release. The company also promises "smooth, shimmer-free graphics with TXAA antialiasing" in both titles.
The release notes tout more modest performance optimizations in several other titles for systems with GeForce 400-, 500-, and 600-series graphics cards. Nvidia warns that the gains will depend on your system config, but as an example, it quotes the following increases for the GeForce GTX 660:
- Up to 10% in Battlefield 3
- Up to 7% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Up to 5% in Dragon Age II
- Up to 5% in Assassin's Creed III
- Up to 4% in Batman: Arkham City
- Up to 4% in Medal of Honor: Warfighter
In addition to the performance tweaks, Nvidia has added or updated SLI profiles for a boatload of games, including Dirt: Showdown, Dota 2, Dou Zhan Shen, F1 2012, FIFA 13, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad, Hawken, Hitman: Absolution, Natural Selection 2, and Primal Carnage. There are even more changes and additions in the 3D Vision profiles section—you can check that out in the release highlights section on the driver download page.
Or, if you prefer, a full set of release notes is available in PDF format. (Thanks to TR reader SH SOTN for the heads up.)
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