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Wednesday, 10 November 2010 13:55

Nvidia releases Geforce 262.99 WHQL driver

Written by Slobodan Simic

Support for GTX 580, nothing else

Nvidia has rolled out a rather pointless Geforce 262.99 driver update that only includes the support for GTX 580 card. To make things worse, the new driver doesn't support any other card, or to be precise cards, and doesn't bring any performance updates, at least none that we are aware of.

The release notes for the new Geforce 262.99 WHQL driver includes added support for the Geforce GTX 580, Nvidia PhysX Software v9.10.0514 and HD audio driver v1.1.9.0, or simply, something that is not new but rather something that was seen on previous driver versions. Although we understand that Nvidia had to release a driver with support for its new flagship card, we guess that an updated INF would be enough rather than a full driver update.

If you were out shopping yesterday and managed to buy the GTX 580, you can find and download the "new" driver here.

Last modified on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 14:00
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-13 #1 AMD_ciulpia 2010-11-10 15:30
"Nvidia has rolled out a rather pointless"

Cool story, Clay Aiken.
+8 #2 duralisis 2010-11-10 16:38
This is a terrible and non-technically minded writeup. If you have even a passing experience with NVIDIA's drivers, you KNOW that a driver 2 revisions ahead of the last publicly released driver contains far more than just an INF update.

Second, your assertion that NVIDIA would just release a new INF file to download along side the existing driver is stupid. Even moreso to think that with today's GPU's, you could possibly use old code paths and driver code to run a brand new revision of the Fermi chip without problems.

Otherwise this seems like a pointless story meant to fill space on a white background.
0 #3 ghelyar 2010-11-10 18:40
I would guess that the installer actually checks for a 580 where before it would say you don't have a supported card and not install at all, and that the reason it is only for the 580 is so that everyone else doesn't try to update since it will do them no good.
-2 #4 canerpense 2010-11-10 18:45
There are some modified INFs to install this "new" driver for other cards.


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