NVIDIA releases ForceWare 81.84 beta
NVIDIA has made a beta version of its "Release 80" ForceWare 81.84 graphics drivers available on nZone. The new drivers include specific optimizations for dual-core processors, an HDTV setup wizard with a full-screen calibration tool, and SLI support for TV and HDTV output. Release 80 also allows for more flexibility with SLI setups. Users are free to pair graphics cards from different manufacturers, so long as they're based on the same GPU model. This flexibility even allows factory overclocked cards to work with ones running at stock speeds.
NVIDIA is claiming that the new drivers improve performance by between 5% and 15% in games like Battlefield 2, Half Life 2, and Far Cry. It's also included additional SLI profiles, bringing the total number of games supported up to 150. ForceWare 81.84 drivers are available in 32- and 64-bit flavors, although neither appears to be WHQL-certified. Release notes for the new drivers are available here.