Nvidia GeForce 320.00 Beta Drivers Increases Performance Up to 20 Percent

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Baer

I have only had issues with one NV Beta driver over the years, still, unless I need it (like in the case of the beta SLI surround driver that they released on 11.11.11 for SKYRIM), I have tended to not be the first to install Beta's lately.

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germanogre

Anybody remember that beta driver Nvidia released a few years ago? The one that fried graphics cards by disabling the fan?

Stay away from beta drivers.

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dgrmouse

germanogre asked, "Anybody remember that beta driver Nvidia released a few years ago? The one that fried graphics cards by disabling the fan?"

No, I don't remember it. I did a quick Google search and nothing jumped out at me. Could you perhaps find some link to a story on the matter from a reliable source?

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The Mac

http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/05/nvidia-pulls-196-75-driver-amid-reports-its-frying-graphics-car/

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dgrmouse

Thanks, Mac. Still, it is strange to me that this set of drivers was allegedly bad enough to destroy a video board and there is no mention of it on NVidia's website, vendor websites, and the tech sites I read never mentioned it (Tom's, Anand, MaxPC, etc). Is NVidia's damage control really so much stronger than journalistic integrity?

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Neufeldt2002

You can find more here:

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/nvidia_yanks_19675_drivers_investigate_overheating_reports

It is an article from 2010, but it was covered here on MPC.

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The Mac

All of the tech sites mentioned it at the time, believe me, its was HUGE at the time.

Nvidia isnt going to admit it obviously.

heres an example of all the memes it spawned at the time:

http://imageshack.us/a/img90/3144/amdvsnvidiabyspritanium.jpg

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ripple

Failed to install driver. I knew that's why I stay away from beta versions! (Win 8 Pro)

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TheMissingPiece

Damn, those are some pretty nice numbers. What surprises me is that Nvidia used a GTX 660 to illustrate the gains, not their 680/Titan. I'm glad Nvidia's paying attention the mid-range, too. :)

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Bullwinkle J Moose

If Nvidia can't make chipsets anymore, why not make graphics cards in mini ITX form factor with a motherboard attached?

That would be a Tiny PC with sweet graphics

Just power up your graphics card to turn on your PC

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limitbreaker

Thats funny because i thought of the same things, videocards have become so huge since the nvidia 8800. Not that it should ever happen but it's funny.

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severnia

actually, Modern Intel CPU's dont really require much in the way of a chipset any more. SATA, USB, PCIe, RAM, and almost everything important is now on the CPU die. could you imagine a slightly oversized titan with a intel CPU socket on it?

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Jeffredo

I can wait until the WHQL drivers come out for my GTX 670. Still, a few FPS here and a few FPS there each release makes me happy.

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commandrew

How about Nvidia starts putting up fps changes for games people ACTUALLY play (LoL, popular MMOs, etc.) with graphics cards people ACTUALLY have (9800 GT, 200 series, GTX 460, etc.) We really could care less that our neighbors with GTX Titans will see 5 percent performance boosts in boring single player titles.

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SongEmu

Not only do plenty of people play at least one game on that list, but they were talking about the 660 in the release notes, which you know... if you were to upgrade today, costs about as much as the 460 used to cost. Unless you're piss poor, this isn't really an unreasonable changelog for the people who are ACTUALLY gamers. Quit your bellyaching, they used to give you performance deltas using a 680.

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TommM

I guess I'm not everybody. I only play 1/2 of those titles listed.

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AETAaAS

Wha? LoL and a bunch of MMOs are specifically designed to run smoothly on a vast array of systems. Even a GTX260 should be able to peg 60FPS.

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Neufeldt2002

"Please note that performance improvements benefit all GeForce GTX graphics cards, though obviously to varying degrees. We would of course love to show how our optimizations benefit the entire range of GeForce GTX GPUs, but sadly this is unfeasible given the number of benchmarks required. If you test the changes out at home on hardware not represented in this article please share your results with the community via the Disqus comments and GeForce.com Forums."

Taken from: http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/nvidia-geforce-320-00-beta-drivers-released

The enhancements affect all the cards. As to why no MMO love? simply put they are usually not that graphically intense, even Intels graphics can run most MMO's.

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The Mac

ummm...those games listed are some of the hotest titles..

i have every one.

Just because YOU like MMOs, doesn mean everyone does.

Those titles are where the big money is at, low quality graphic MMOs, not so much

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silent_sentinel

Graphic Quality =/= sales
>World of Warcraft

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The Mac

WOW (MMOs) =/= GPU sales

AAA Titles=GPU Sales

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vrmlbasic

Who started this asinine "=/=" to mean "not equal"? It doesn't even make sense, and the only thing close to an "advantage" that it has over something more logical, like !=, is that it can be typed with only the pinky (which makes it slower to type).

That aside, I agree with your point.

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dgrmouse

vrmlbasic asked, 'Who started this asinine "=/=" to mean "not equal"?'

=/= pretty closely resembles ≠, which has been used to formally express "not equal" for... forever. It's easier to type and a lot less offensive, to me, than a lot of other popular jargon on the internet.

Using an exclamation mark as an operator for logical not is very much tied to a relatively tiny field - one that grew out of necessity by virtue of having keyboards with relatively few keys and small code pages. I'm comfortable reading either, but if you're going to complain about one notation, I think you might've hitched your horse to the wrong wagon.

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The Mac

i dunno, i just used what he did for relevancy

lol

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