New ForceWare drivers hit the streets
One day behind the release of ATI's new Catalyst
drivers, Nvidia has come out with a new batch of drivers
for its GeForce desktop graphics cards. The new release brings the ForceWare version number up to 93.71, and introduces official support for PureVideo HD
, Nvidia's hardware acceleration technology for Blu-ray and HD DVD video. Playback of Blu-ray and HD DVD media does require a card with HDCP support, though, which precludes the majority of Nvidia's lineup. The GeForce 7950 GT and 7950 GX2 have built-in HDCP by default, as do some GeForce 7900 GS models. HDCP implementations in other cards is up to the graphics card manufacturer.
Video acceleration aside, Nvidia has also fixed a number of bugs in its new drivers, as detailed in the latest ForceWare release notes (PDF). Most fixes involve the Nvidia Control Panel, but multi-GPU bugs in a number of games, such as Dungeon Siege 2, EverQuest, SpellForce 2, TimeShift, and World of Warcraft, have also been fixed. Disappointingly, the company doesn't appear to have fixed driver-level fixed-aspect ratio LCD scaling, so games without wide-screen support may still be hopelessly stretched with some cards and wide-screen monitors.