Official support for AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards
It's time to retire that beta driver you've been running your AMD Radeon R9 or R7 Series graphics card on and step up to AMD's newly minted Catalyst 13.12 WHQL-certified driver. The new Catalyst software is available now and in addition to official support for the Sunnyvale chip designer's latest graphics cards, it also resolves over a dozen issues, adds new Enduro Technology profiles, and more.
Nvidia's latest drivers boost performance by up to 65 percent, the GPU maker claims.
Today's a monumental day for gamers, You have the release of Nvidia's GeForce Titan graphics card, Crysis 3 is finally here, and related to them both, Nvidia has made available new WHQL drivers optimized for the aforementioned game, along with Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed 3, and other popular titles. If you're planning to pick up Crysis 3, Nvidia says its new GeForce 314.07 drivers will improve single-GPU and multi-GPU performance by up to 4.7 percent and 65 percent, respectively.
Playing around with operating systems in their beta stages can be problematic when it comes to driver support, as Windows 8-rocking gamers can no doubt attest; the graphics card beta drivers released for the various Previews haven't exactly been bug-free. Those error-rife days may be in the past for GeForce owners now that Nvidia has released new WHQL-certified drivers for the Windows 8 Release Preview.
Good news for early GeForce/Verde 600 series adopters: Nvidia's just released a set of WHQL-certified drivers for desktop and notebook gamers alike, one welcomes all the new entries to the Nvidia graphics family with open arms and gives them a big ol' group hug. GeForce 400 and 500 series owners will feel the love, too, thanks to a performance boost of up to 20 percent in a host of top-tier games.
Another day, another new graphics driver. But rather than being yet another beta driver, the AMD Catalyst 12.4 driver is fully WHQL certified and brings a bevy of useful new features to the virtual table, including Radeon HD 7000 series support for Windows XP, openSuse 12.1 and the just-released Ubuntu 12.04.
Originally scheduled for sometime during the third quarter, the launch of Intel’s next-generation “Cedar Trail” Atom chips was pushed back to November owing to driver issues and the chip maker’s failure to secure WHQL certification for them. We have almost come to the end of the month and there is no sign of the Cedar Trail-M platform yet. But not everyone is clueless.
Nvidia graphics card owners have the option of updating to the newly released GeForce 266.58 WHQL drivers, which add support for the newly released GTX 580 and 570 GPUs.
The latest drivers bring quite a bit to the table, including up to double-digit performance gains in some games (up to 12 percent in Battleforge when running a pair of GTX 580 videocards, for example) and support for ambient occlusion in Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty.
Nvidia administered a heavy dose of 3D medicine to the 266.58 drivers, adding support for a bunch of new 3D Vision projectors, all-in-one PCs, DLP HDTVs, and desktop LCD monitors.
It doesn't matter what videocard you own, chances are there are updated drivers available for download. AMD on Friday released its Catalyst 10.10 driver package, and now Nvidia has just dropped its GeForce 260.99 WHQL drivers into the wild.
New to version 260.99 are Express (one-click) and Custom (customized) installation routines. Those who choose the Custom option can decide whether or not to have Nvidia first remove older drivers prior to installing the new ones (clean install), as well as what driver components you want included (PhysX or 3D Vision).
The latest drivers support the GeForce GTS 450 and GT 430 GPUs and fix a handful of issues across several operating systems.
Astute readers might remember that we already posted an announcement about Nvidia's 258.96 drivers a week ago, but apparently the only ones that weren't labled as 'beta' were those for the GTX 460 and above.
That's no longer the case, and now anyone with a GeForce videocard has access to WHQL-certified drivers from Nvidia. The release notes remain unchanged from last week, and the latest drivers still don't support Surround Gaming with 3-way SLI setups. In addition, the Graph tab on the Adjust Desktop Color Settings page is also not available.
The drivers do, however, resolve a number of issues in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 for both single- and multi-card setups. For a full list of changes, see the release notes here (PDF).
New drivers are available for Nvidia graphics card owners, version 257.21. The latest release adds support for Blu-ray 3D with Nvidia 3D Vision technology and serves up a ton of performance improvements for GTX 400 series owners, some of which include:
Up to 14 percent in Aliens vs Predator
Up to 4 percent in Batman: Arkham Asylum
Up to 5 percent in BattleForge
Up to 24 percent in Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
Up to 40 percent in Metro 2033 with SLI
Up to 9 percent in Unigine: Tropics
Up to 5 percent in 3DMark Vantage
Nvidia also made upgrades to the PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0223, added support for OpenGL 4.0 for GTX 400 cards, added a new Control Panel feature for "ultimate control over CUDA GPUs," and a bunch of other changes, some of which are specific to version 257.21 and others that apply to the 256 (and above) family of drivers.