Remember those GeForce 310.70 beta drivers we told you about earlier this month? Well, Nvidia has now posted 310.70 WHQL drivers. As far as I can tell, this is the same release, only with a shiny certification badge from Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Labs.
The improvements are the same as before. Compared to the 306.97 WHQL release, Nvidia claims double-digit performance gains in a handful of freshly released games, including Far Cry 3, where frame rates can reportedly climb by as much as 38%. Other gains include:
- Up to 26% faster performance in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
- Up to 18% faster performance in Assassin's Creed III.
- Smooth, shimmer-free graphics with NVIDIA TXAA antialiasing in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Assassin's Creed III.
- Up to 16% improved performance in other top games like Battlefield 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and StarCraft II.
If you care to take a look, Nvidia has posted some of its internal benchmark data in an accompanying blog post.
Folks upgrading from the 306.97 WHQL release can also look forward to stereo 3D improvements, including support for "windowed 3D stereo for all DirectX 9 games, Silverlight streaming, YouTube 3D, NVIDIA Photoviewer, NVIDIA Video Player, and 3D Blu-ray applications" on Windows 8. Oh, and there should now be a line for GPU memory bandwidth in the GeForce control panel's System Information dialog.
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