Graphics driver updates have come fast and furious these past few weeks, and Nvidia has a new one for GeForce owners. The 314.14 beta drivers were released this morning on Nvidia's website and through its GeForce Experience software.
This latest beta has been optimized for a handful of games due out in March, including SimCity, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, Resident Evil 6, the Tomb Raider reboot, and special version of Hawken with enhanced PhysX effects. The drivers also promise performance improvements for a number of existing games. Nvidia provides the following examples:
GeForce GTX 680:
GeForce GTX 680 SLI:
- Up to 23% in Sniper Elite V2
- Up to 9% in Sleeping Dogs
- Up to 22% in Sniper Elite V2
- Up to 14% in Sleeping Dogs
- Up to 9% in StarCraft II
- Up to 5% in Call of Duty: Black Ops II
- Up to 5% in Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Up to 5% in Just Cause 2
- Up to 4% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Up to 4% in Batman: Arkham City
SLI performance appears to have been a particular focus for the new drivers, which include updated profiles for Crysis 3, Warframe, and Resident Evil 6. Multi-GPU profiles have also been added for Tomb Raider, Devil May Cry, and Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army. A full accounting of the 314.14 release's changes, bug fixes, and outstanding issues is available in the official release notes (PDF).
Somewhat surprisingly, there's no mention of BioShock Infinite, which is also coming this month. That title isn't due until March 26, though. At the rate Nvidia is producing GeForce driver updates, there will probably be a new release before then.