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Tuesday, 18 January 2011 16:05

Nvidia rolls out its 266.58 WHQL drivers

Written by Slobodan Simic
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Performance improvements for the GTX 580
Nvidia has released the newest version of its Geforce drivers, dubbed 266.58 WHQL. Featureing HD Audio driver version 1.1.13.1 and PhysX System Software version 9.10.0514, the new driver also brings a performance improvements in various games and benchmarks for its Geforce GTX 580 card.

In addition to the improvements for its GTX 580 card in games like Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Dirt 2 in SLI, Far Cry 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and many more, the new driver also adds ambient occlusion support for Star Craft II: Wings of Liberty, adds suport for 3DVisionlive.com Beta 2 with 3D photos and 3D video clips, adds 3D Vision support for various games and applications, 3D Vision game profiles, as well as support for devices like 3D LCD monitors, projectors and all-in-one PCs.

There are also some improvements for Nvidia Surround as well as new and enhanced SLI profiles for various games.

You can download the new driver here where you can also check out the full release notes for this version.

Last modified on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 17:02
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+17 #1 leftiszi 2011-01-18 18:16
How can there be improvement specifically for the 580 but not the 570? I mean they are based on the exact same chip, but the latter has one cluster disabled! If there is, say 5% improvement on a game for the 580, shouldn't the same improvement be found on the 570 as well? :-?

Fudzilla, thanks for the news btw.
 
 
-14 #2 Warrior24_7 2011-01-18 18:33
This was expected and it was only a matter of time. There is no reason to look anywhere else for performance. The 500 series is it. :-)
 
 
+12 #3 Robj28 2011-01-18 19:38
* Increases performance for GeForce 400 Series and 500 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. the latest Release 260 drivers. The following are examples of some of the most significant improvements measured on Windows 7. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:

GeForce GTX 580:

o Up to 7% in Battlefield Bad Company 2 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
o Up to 12% in Battleforge (SLI 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF Very High)
o Up to 11% in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (SLI 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
Etc.
 
 
+4 #4 Exodite 2011-01-18 20:14
I hope the 560 gets here sooner rather than later and that the pricing is reasonable.

I've already got a 6950 that I'm perfectly happy with but the 560 is posed to provide competition in just the right price bracket IMO.
 
 
0 #5 BiohazardSperm 2011-01-18 22:24
Guess the guy who wrote this doesn't bother to actually read the release notes.Kinda sad they let anyone write anything and just let them post it before proofing it .To top it off he uses the Nvidia UK link and doesn't even consider the US link where most would guess the majority of readers here are.

This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.

Ya it only benefits the 580..
Increases performance for GeForce 400 Series and 500 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. the latest Release 260 drivers. The following are examples..
Guess that info means nothing
 
 
+4 #6 majorpayne 2011-01-18 23:07
Quoting Warrior24_7:
This was expected and it was only a matter of time. There is no reason to look anywhere else for performance. The 500 series is it. :-)


I hope that the new driver can also be installed on your rusted little brain so your functionality and performance can also be improve.
 

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