You know those GeForce 258.96 "WHQL candidate" drivers we talked about a week ago? Well, new drivers with the same version number and a plain "WHQL" label popped up on Nvidia's website earlier today. I believe this means Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Labs approved last week's release candidate, and Nvidia re-released it with WHQL signatures.
In short, GeForce owners have a unique chance to download the same drivers a second time. How exciting!
Not so surprisingly, Nvidia cites the same improvements and changes in the WHQL release. Namely, 3D Vision Surround capabilities, performance increases for GeForce GTX 400-series graphics cards, and support for the new GeForce GTX 460 have all made it in. That ain't bad for a single driver update.
Bug fixes are on the menu, too, of course. Details about those can be found in the release notes, which Nvidia offers in Windows XP and Windows 7 and Vista editions. We're not seeing too many items there, though; Nvidia's driver developers look to have focused on new functionality and speedups more than bug-hunting this time around.