Beta Nvidia drivers add GTX 460 support, improve performance

Usually, a new graphics card launch is followed almost immediately by a fresh driver release supporting the new product. Nvidia perpetuated the tradition today, but with a twist. The new GeForce 258.96 "WHQL-candidate" drivers don’t just add support for the GeForce GTX 460; they also bring performance improvements for all GTX 400-series cards and "WHQL support" for 3D Vision Surround.

Let’s start with the performance improvements. Nvidia quotes the following speedups:

  • Up to 11% in Aliens vs. Predator (1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
  • Up to 7% in Crysis: Warhead (SLI – 1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF – Gamer)
  • Up to 4% in H.A.W.X (SLI – 1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF – Very High)
  • Up to 10% in Just Cause 2 (SLI – 1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF – Concrete Jungle)
  • Up to 6% in Metro 2033 (1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
  • Up to 7% in Metro 2033 (SLI – 1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
  • Up to 10% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF)
  • Up to 12% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (SLI – 1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF)
  • Up to 4% in World in Conflict (SLI – 1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF)

As always, keep in mind that these are best-case scenarios that apply only to some configurations. So, don’t fire up Alien vs. Predator expecting 11% higher frame rates across the board.

What about 3D Vision Surround? We told you all about that feature when the first beta driver came out two weeks back. Nvidia suggests that 3D Vision Surround has now gotten the nod from Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Quality Labs, although the complete driver package is still going through certification. I’m not sure how that works, exactly, but Nvidia says you can expect a fully certified set of drivers "within a week."

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    • Proxicon
    • 9 years ago

    I hope the prices in AMD’s video card lineup come down substantially so I can afford one or two of em.

    • JrezIN
    • 9 years ago

    Does this beta still support hybrid PhysX configs like nVidia said (that they would not block for beta drivers after the last “woops, forgot to block in the beta” event…)?

    • Shining Arcanine
    • 9 years ago

    Is a Linux driver update also available?

      • flip-mode
      • 9 years ago

      Hoping for gaming improvements in Linux?

        • Deanjo
        • 9 years ago

        If you think driver improvements are only for gaming then I guess that’s why you would choose Windows as a OS.

          • indeego
          • 9 years ago

          Yeah probably because Windows had all it’s 2d GUI issues figured out over a decade agog{

    • dashbarron
    • 9 years ago

    No more love and support for my aging but still peppy 8800gt.

    I’d really like to get my Nvidia software to recognize the temperature of my card and for it to be able to tweak my fan speed: it seems to no longer work with my upgrade to Windows 7 (or downgrade if you’re Meadows).

    • tviceman
    • 9 years ago

    Nvidia has been on a role with driver improvements lately. It would be great to get RE-reviews of Nvidia’s gtx400 series vs. AMD’s high end 5800 series with the latest drivers, to see where each stand right now in relation to each other.

      • Shining Arcanine
      • 9 years ago

      It would be nice if someone did a review with different versions of Nvidia’s drivers to show how performance has changed over time. I am curious who has been able to improve performance more in the recent generation, ATI or Nvidia.

      • Unckmania
      • 9 years ago

      I support the idea. Driver reviews are the way to go!

      • alwayssts
      • 9 years ago

      My suggestion would be to look at Scott’s GTX 460 review today that also has the GTX470/480 and 5850/5870 in the mix. He retests the older products with the latest drivers when a new product is reviewed.

      As much as it has to be a PITA, I really appreciate he does this…Way too many sites don’t. It accurately shows the the performance of old products relative to this point in time, so you can compare it to the new hotness on hardware alone, not worrying about if old drivers are misrepresenting an older product.

    • CampinCarl
    • 9 years ago

    What’s the real difference between these and the 258.80 drivers that were used during benchmarking? Were any/all/none of these improvements in that release?

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