Nvidia 304.79 Beta Drivers Enable TXAA Antialiasing, Welcomes Windows 8 To The Family

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Valor958

I keep up on them as well, since I'm usually trolling tech forums and sites like this throughout the day on breaks at work.
Generally, I wait a week or two after release and read reviews on the beta or new driver. In this case, I may wait as I'm 100% stable on my current settings and don't need anything this beta could have to offer.

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Brewskie

I get a complete system reset with these drivers...actually any driver newer then about version 275 or so seems to have this problem.

It's not a heat issue as it sometimes causes a reset to BIOS within minutes of starting the machine.

My card is the MSI GTX-580oc

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damicatz

I do not care about TXAA. I do not care about Windows 8.

All I want is a driver that *works*.

My Fermi card has been an unmitigated disaster from day one. Any driver later than the 275 series causes random TDRs (mostly with Direct2D applications like IE/Firefox but also with some games). The 300 series drivers were also causing my clock speeds to get stuck at 2D speeds turning all games into a slideshow. From the look of the NVIDIA forums, I am not alone in this.

NVIDIA needs to stop adding new features until they get the drivers to actually work. Or better yet, just open source the drivers and let us do it for them.

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bigrigross

Sounds like you either have a windows issues or bad cards. My fermi cards have worked better with the last three driver updates. And this is in both SLi and Single. When is the last time you ran Ccleaner, Defragment, and reformatted your computer?

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damicatz

I've tried the usual troubleshooting.

This is a well documented issue that occurs with a lot of Fermi cards; it is all over the nVidia forums.

It ONLY happens when 280+ series drivers are installed. This is 100% reproducible. If I use 275 or earlier; I have zero TDRs. If I install 280 or higher, I get TDRs. I have tested this multiple times by doing clean uninstalls and swapping the drivers and every time, the TDRs came back when I installed something higher than 275.

The TDRs themselves do not appear to be related to stress; Furmark never causes a TDR, even when running overnight whereas Direct2D applications TDR regularly on 280+.

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SilverSurferNHS

did you try flashing them with the latest bios version - i did that for both my 480s like a year ago, and those probs went away for me - no more sli for me though - that in and of itself was annoying, 1 680 4GB FTW!!!!

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bigrigross

Weird. I am running two GTX 470s and I have never had an issue. And they are from two different companies. The only driver set I had an issue in was 280. something. I kept bluescreening and I had to roll back to one of the 275 but the beta drivers that came out two weeks later made it work again. I am on the new drivers now. Plays everything pretty good.

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Baer

I hope this is better than the last beta, the 304.48 driver. I used it for a week before rolling back. Beta 304.48 actually broke Civ 5, made it unplayable in DX-10 or DX-11. It also caused other issues running in 5760 X 1200 surround. Once I rolled back every single issue went away. I think I will give this one a few days to see what is reported regarding its actual use.

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SilverSurferNHS

My monitors would not re-initialize, had to KB restart and run the setup a second time to install. 680 4GB

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John Pombrio

Thanks Brad!

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Brad Chacos

No problem. Writing these updates are kind of boring, but they're handy, and I figure most everyday gamers don't keep a close look out for up-to-the-minute driver updates.

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John Pombrio

I check at least once a month, but I am sure that there is some magic app to check for me. Of course, I would have to remember to run THAT.

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SilverSurferNHS

I do, but these bump their priority for me if i intended to check like at the end of the day.

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