GeForce 320.00 betas boost performance, add SLI profiles

GeForce users, Nvidia has just posted an updated set of drivers for its desktop graphics cards. The 320.00 beta release is available now for 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows 8, 7, and Vista, and it features a mix of performance improvements, new SLI profiles, and optimizations for new games like Dead Island: Riptide, Star Trek, and Neverwinter.

The performance improvements apply to "GeForce 400/500/600 Series GPUs in several PC games." Nvidia quotes some best-case-scenario figures for the GeForce GTX 660, both by itself and in an SLI setup. The gains were apparently measured over last month's 314.22 drivers, which are still Nvidia's latest WHQL-certified release:

Game GeForce
GTX 660
Assassin’s Creed III   9%
Battlefield 3   6%
BioShock: Infinite   5%
Deus Ex: Human Revolution 6% 6%
Dirt: Showdown 20% 17%
F1 2012 5% 5%
Far Cry 3 6% 6%
Metro 2033 6%  
Sniper Elite V2 6%  
StarCraft II 8% 7%
Tomb Raider 18% 18%

Again, these are best case scenarios—your own mileage may vary depending on your in-game settings and system configuration.

These beta drivers also include new and updated SLI profiles for a couple dozen games. Among those: Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, Dead Island: Riptide, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, GRID 2, and Neverwinter. You'll find a full list in the release highlights section of the download page. More inquisitive users may also want to read the full release notes, which are available here in PDF format.

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