NVIDIA and ATI launch dueling drivers

— 10:01 AM on November 9, 2004

NVIDIA has finally released a new, official graphics driver with WHQL certification for everything from the TNT2 through the new GeForce 6 series. You can grab it at their website. This driver, ForceWare revision 66.93, packs a load of enhancements. According to NVIDIA's announcement, the highlights include:

  • Added support for GeForce 6600, GeForce 6600 GT, and GeForce 6200
  • Added support for NVIDIA SLI
  • Added support for using HDTV over DVI connectors
  • Added support for 512 MB frame buffer GPUs
  • Added support for advanced DVI timing on all GeForce 6 series GPUs
  • Added support to recognize and display monitor name in all control panels
  • Added support for TV/HDTV setup in the nView Display Setup Wizard
  • Updated Gridlines for easier grid setup and management
  • Microsoft DirectX 9.0c and OpenGL 1.5 support
NVIDIA says these drivers bring performance enhancements, as well, as one might expect.

ATI also released a couple of drivers yesterday, including one for the E-Home Wonder in WinXP MCE 2005 and the first Catalyst graphics driver for Win98/ME with support for X-series Radeon cards, just in case you want to mix a bad OS with good graphics.

ATI is also running a skinning contest for Catalyst Control Center, so maybe you can help this thing look better than it does right now.

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