Fancy yourself an adventurous gamer? We're not talking about would-be Zak McKrackens or former knights of Daventry (King's Quest fans will get the latter reference), but those gamers who aren't afraid to install beta drivers and potentially buggy code, all in the pursuit of better framerates and improved performance all around. If that sounds like you, and you own an Nvidia graphics card, you should check this out.
Nvidia has made available the first set of beta drivers in its Release 290 family. The GeForce 290.36 drivers add Nvidia Control Panel ambient occlusion support for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Wondering what difference that will make? Take a peek at these comparison screenshots.
The beta drivers also enable support for Nvidia Surround on Intel X79 SLI-certified motherboards; beef up 3D Vision support with more game profiles; add or update SLI profiles for Crysis 2, Heroes and Generals, Inversion, Stronghold 3, and Syndicate; and fix a handful of bugs.