New Forceware 180.48 Drivers Released, Claims up to 80% Improvement, Enables SLI Multi-Monitor Support

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Phil_Mcfly

intalled the new drivers (P5N-E SLI, Q6600, 2 X 8800 GTS 640 MB, W XP pro,, etc) and tried to play Crysis to see the performance boost....Well, not only I did not see xx% of increase, I saw a 100% reduction as Crysis kept on crashing....so I rolled everything back to previous version. Hints anyone? Already have the latest patches for XP and the game....

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Devo85x

Yes, I'm the origonal person who started "whining", but I would still sugest checking if the fan is lower than normal or even off... i know when i play crysis my card gets hot with 100% fan, you could just simply be overheating

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Primus2112

Hey all, I appreciate the feedback on the results and findings of the new drivers. even though some think of the comments as whining which is totally bogus.

anyhow I was playing COD5 on my system and it crashed once yesterday (vista 32 bit and 8800gtx) will have to check on that fan and later and maybe will roll back if I experience anymore crashes.

 thanks also to MPC for the timely news and updates!

 

 

 

 

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K0BALT

I also did some more research on the subject. Some people have used nVidia's "system tools" program to control their fans with the new drivers successfully. I tried myself, however I had some conflicts with the multiple montior SLI option. I need to look into other people's experiences to help me work out the issues. Also, I don't think it's really whining. It's merely feedback on the user's personal experience with the topic at hand. Whether the comments are positive or negative, they can still provide some help to other people with a similar problem.

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Primus2112

Yes KOBALT. I agree totally with you on the fact that its not really whining. And appreciate the comments that have helped me with these new drivers. :)

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wickedss

<5 minutes of searching shows that RivaTuner 2.20 is working fine with the new drivers. It is a free download from guru3d.  Like most problems....the tiniest effort can get you what you want far better that whining on a comment list.

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K0BALT

LMAO.... anything's possible. Well, as for the new driver's situation, I rolled mine back to the 178.24 version. Perhaps I'll give the new driver another try in the near future. Maybe it's a bad thing to download something as soon as it comes out before all the bugs get worked out. I don't know enough about it to make a logical argument. However, a friend of mine has 32bit XP and the new driver crashed his computer the next day. Hope everything works out well for everyone else. :)

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dankers

Troll Detected

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K0BALT

I guess you're right.... I don't know how I paid for the parts to build a $2000 computer system without a job. I make more money in one day, then you do in a week, buddy. Maybe when you move out of your mom's basement one day, you will too. If you're gonna bash me, then email me. Don't waste the space here that's supposed to be used for responding to the articles above...... like I just did replying to your immature comment.

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B.A.Frayd

Is it even worth replying? hahah

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K0BALT

i also used nVidia's "nTune" program on my 8800's before adding any aftermarket coolers. my coolers have nothing to do with the problem. it's the clash of the new drivers and nvidia's tuning program. I'm not complaining really, i'm just putting the word out there so nvidia could address the problem and for anyone else who like their GPU fans running at more than the 30% default setting. With my fans set at full speed, my cards run at 45C under full load. I just want to keep it that way.

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K0BALT

i'm using nVidia's "nTune" program to control my gpu fans. with the new driver release it's disabled certain options within this program.

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Keith E. Whisman

Well I'm running WinXP32 again with 4gigs of DDR2 800. 2xGeforce 8800GTS 640mb Video cards in SLI, Asus P5N-D 750I MB, Xfi ExtremeGamer Sound Card, and the myriad hard drives and dvd burners. 

Anyhow uninstalled the previous 180.43beta driver and used Driver Sweeper from Guru3d to remove all traces and installed this driver.

I love to play Crysis Wars and with this driver I experienced game crashes and bad artifacts and choppy play. I uninstalled these drivers and used Driver Sweeper to completely remove all traces of this driver and reinstalled 180.43 and all the problems went away. I'm running the latest system bios with SP3 and all the latest updates.

Perhaps these drivers were optimized for the Geforce200 series?

Things like this happen some times. It shouldn't but it does.

Am I only only one with these problems? 

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vistageek

What i REALLY want to see in nVidia drivers in the horizontal span in Vista so we can game across multiple screens without a $300 TH2GO.

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XSV DBLs

Maybe you should get a job so you can buy a fan controller or something, instead of sitting on your ass all day gaming and complaining about free drivers.

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dankers

Drivers are free but the video cards they support are not.

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ericmckenna

2nd that

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Devo85x

You do realize that using a fan controler on your GPU ether means you have to use software (which we have ruled out as a posibility because it will ether turn our fans off or keep us from changing them), the only other option would be to use a physical fan controler which in some cases (some more than others since the 200 series cards have no room for cables to come out from the cooler) and even then they would have to be ether compatible with the fan contoler normally (extreamly unlikely), modded for a mobo fan connection (anoying), or modded to use a molex connection (extreamly annoying)... have you ever tried using your own advice? (sry if it seemed like I was bashing, I was only meaning to point out the flaws)

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K0BALT

I got a window on the side of my case. I have aftermarket VGA coolers and can see that they are spinning. However, i rolled back my drivers because I like my fans to be set at 100%.

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K0BALT

After installing these new drivers, the nVidia control panel has disabled my ability to turn up the speed on my fans. Not good since my gear is oc'd and I game all day everyday.

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Devo85x

If you read the previous comment that I left, I had the same problem except my fan wasn't even turning on... you might want to check

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Devo85x

When I saw this article, I was so excited that I went straight to Nvidia's website to download the drivers!  I install and restart and what would you guess?  The fan on my GTX 260 has stoped working!  My card is running at 57-59 degrees C IDLE!!! (and thats in a cold room and no heat from a CPU fan since I have liquid cooling on my CPU).  After rolling back the drivers the fan started working again perfectly, so a small warning (*looks up*) well maby not so small... but anyways... If you are using Vista 32Bit (dont know about XP or vista 64bit) then be sure to check your fan after installing the new drivers (thank god I didn't start up Far Cry 2 before seeing this)  Thank you for your time and be careful!

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dankers

Vista 32-bit user here, I have a 9600GT and i just updated to the 180 drivers. So far so good on the fan, that is a bit scary though, my system is pretty quiet and if the fan stopped working I would never know without pulling open the case and sticking my finger inside(which is what I did just now). Thanks for the heads up.

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StealthSilver

I wonder if we will be getting Fallout 3-optimized drivers anytime soon.

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jlatores

Using the Far Cry 2 benchmark, I actually saw a slight decrease in performance with these updated drivers!  38 percent perfromance boost?  Yeah.  Right.  8800GT Superclocked...

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PDeath

Is it odd that I find new drivers erotic?

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jcollins

SLI multimonitor sounds nice, but meh, Vista required...

*Note: The following SLI features are only supported on Windows Vista: Quad SLI technology using GeForce 9800 GX2, 3-way SLI technology, Hybrid SLI, and SLI multi-monitor support.

 

 

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Digital-Storm

Dont put aproxamate download sizes. Vista 64 bit drivers are around 90MB.

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dankers

I would hope that anyone using 64-bit Vista and reading Maximum PC would know that 64-bit drivers are usually a bit larger.

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vistageek

And wouldn't care because he is not an a** and has a big hard drive and broadband internet connection.

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