The first GeForce R300 drivers to receive certification from Microsoft's WHQL labs are out, and they include everything from new features to performance improvements to new 3D Vision and SLI profiles. Nvidia has detailed the new release in this post on GeForce.com, and you can download the drivers from the usual place on Nvidia's website.
Among the additions in this release, which is numbered 301.42, are full support for GeForce 600-series graphics cards (including four-way GTX 670 configs) and performance increases for 400- and 500-series GeForces (Nvidia quotes gains of up to 21% in Skyrim and 4-23% in other titles for GTX 500-series GPUs, depending on the configuration). Folks can now enable FXAA and Adaptive Vsync in the Nvidia control panel on all cards from the GeForce 8 series up. Frame rate targeting is supported on the same products, too, but you'll need third-party software to use it—Nvidia mentions EVGA's Precision X tool.
GeForce Surround improvements are also part of the update. Those include, in Nvidia's words:
- NVIDIA Surround Accessory Display: Enable a fourth ‘Accessory Display’ to check emails, browse the web, or access other applications while in-game. This feature is supported on the GeForce GTX 680. On prior generation GPUs, this feature is supported in NVIDIA Surround mode with a third graphics card.
- NVIDIA Desktop Management: Maximize applications to a single physical display when in Surround mode.
- NVIDIA Desktop Management: Confine the Windows Taskbar to the center display.
- NVIDIA Bezel Peeking: ‘Peek’ behind monitor bezels to reveal obscured menus and game information.
- NVIDIA Central Display Acceleration: Play single-screen games at full speed on Surround setups.
- NVIDIA Custom Resolution Management: Add or remove Surround resolutions to improve compatibility in applications and games.
Of course, there's a boatload of new SLI and 3D Vision profiles in the mix. Max Payne 3 is now supported in SLI mode, for example, while 3D Vision users should now be able to enjoy DiRT Showdown in stereoscopic mode. Check out Nvidia's article on GeForce.com for a full list of profiles. (Thanks to TR reader SH SOTN for the tip.)