At last! After a six-month lull during which it focused solely on GeForce 9-series graphics cards, Nvidia has finally released new ForceWare drivers for older GeForce 6, 7, and 8 offerings. Numbered 175.16, the new drivers are available for Windows Vista x86, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, and Windows XP Pro x64. These drivers also support new 9-series GeForces and 8-series "motherboard GPUs," effectively closing the gap between Nvidia's software support for new and old hardware.
According to Nvidia, the ForceWare 175.16 release improves performance in DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL applications and adds several new configuration screens to the Vista version of the Nvidia control panel, including "Manage Custom Resolutions," "Adjust Television Color Settings," "Adjust Screen Size and Position," and "Move CRT Position." The drivers also support three-way SLI, Quad SLI, and Hybrid SLI on compatible cards (mostly GeForce 9 models) in Windows Vista.