Nvidia releases new GeForce 8800 beta drivers

Users of GeForce 8800-series graphics cards running Windows Vista can now download a new beta ForceWare graphics driver, courtesy of Nvidia. The driver, which is numbered 158.42, is available for both Windows Vista x86 and Windows Vista x64. Nvidia tells us this driver adds support for SLI multi-GPU technology in DirectX 10 applications, improves both single-card and SLI performance, and brings compatibility fixes in "numerous applications."

As the firm's release notes attest, the driver certainly fixes its fair share of bugs. Issues have been ironed out in Windows applications, Nvidia's control panel, and also 3DMark03 through 06, Company of Heroes, Dark Messiah of Might & Magic, Doom 3, Far Cry, FEAR, Gothic 3, Lost Planet, Neverwinter Nights 2, Rainbow Six: Vegas, and Unreal Tournament 2004. Users of GeForce 7 or GeForce 8600/8500/8400/8300 cards need not apply, though: Nvidia says this beta driver is strictly for GeForce 8800-series cards.

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