New mobile GeForce drivers bring external 3D Vision support


— 5:05 PM on March 29, 2010

With AMD now delivering mobile GPU drivers directly, Nvidia isn't about to drop the ball and halt its initiative. On the contrary; the rival firm has outed a batch of "Verde" drivers for its mobile GeForce graphics processors, spoiling notebook users with (claimed) performance improvements, new SLI profiles, and support for 3D Vision technology on external displays.

Available here, the Verde 197.16 release—yes, that's what Nvidia has started calling its mobile drivers, apparently—supports GeForce 8M and newer graphics processors, not to mention the Ion family and corresponding Quadro offerings. Starting with performance gains, Nvidia quotes the following increases over the previous, 195.62 drivers:

  • Up to 13% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with a single GPU
  • Up to 30% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with SLI technology
  • Up to 13% performance increase in H.A.W.X with single GPU
  • Up to 15% performance increase in H.A.W.X with SLI technology
  • Up to 30% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with single GPU
  • Up to 28% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with SLI technology
  • The latest Verde drivers also add SLI profiles for Assassin's Creed II, Avatar, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Command and Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight, DiRT 2, Mass Effect 2, Metro 2033, Napoleon: Total War, Supreme Commander 2, World of Warcraft, and other titles Nvidia didn't care to mention.

    Concerning that external 3D Vision capability, Nvidia invites interested notebook users to download a special 3D Vision "CD kit" from this page. According to the official hardware requirements page, you'll also need a GeForce GTS 250M or better mobile GPU, a 3D Vision-ready display, special Nvidia goggles, and either Windows 7 or Vista to enjoy snazzy stereoscopic 3D graphics on your laptop.

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