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Old November 20, 2008, 05:14 PM
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Default New Nvidia Drivers / SLI Multi Monitor + SLI on X58 - 180.48

Just noticed nobody had posted this.

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Originally Posted by guru3d.com
This is a WHQL-certified driver for GeForce 200-series, 9-series, and 8800-series GPUs.

Exciting New Features:
  • Enables NVIDIA SLI technology on SLI-certified Intel X58-based with the following GPUs: GeForce GTX 280, GeForce GTX 260, GeForce 9800 GX2, GeForce 9800 GTX+, and GeForce 9800 GTX. Learn more here.
  • Enables NVIDIA SLI Multi-monitor support, giving you the ability to use two monitors with your GeForce graphics cards in SLI mode. Now you can easily switch between multi-monitor desktop mode and full screen 3D gaming mode. Learn more here.
  • Enables NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. Learn more here. (Note: GPU PhysX is supported on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory. This driver package automatically installs PhysX System 8.10.13).
Blazing Fast Performance:
  • Boosts performance in numerous 3D applications. The following are some examples of improvements measured with Release 180 WHQL drivers vs. Release 178 WHQL drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
    • Up to 10% performance increase in 3DMark Vantage (performance preset)
    • Up to 13% performance increase in Assassin's Creed
    • Up to 13% performance increase in BioShock
    • Up to 15% performance increase in Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
    • Up to 10% performance increase in Crysis Warhead
    • Up to 25% performance increase in Devil May Cry 4
    • Up to 38% performance increase in Far Cry 2
    • Up to 18% performance increase in Race Driver: GRID
    • Up to 80% performance increase in Lost Planet: Colonies
    • Up to 18% performance increase in World of Conflict
And More:
  • Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL, including 3-way and Quad SLI technology.
  • Supports CUDA.
  • Supports Folding@home distributing computing application. Download the high performance client for NVIDIA GPUs here and join the NVIDIA team: #131015.
  • Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA software.
  • Includes numerous 3D application compatibility fixes. Please read the release notes for more information on product support, features, driver fixes and known compatibility issues.
Download link (guru3d) -
Forceware GeForce 180.48 XP 32-bit WHQL
Forceware GeForce 180.48 XP 64-bit WHQL
Forceware GeForce 180.48 Vista 64-bit WHQL
Forceware GeForce 180.48 Vista 32-bit WHQL


I've yet to test benchmark yet but playing L4D last night even felt smoother than the .43's.

But yes the SLI multi monitor is the big feature really!
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Old November 20, 2008, 05:42 PM
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Nice, they were talking about this when they were choosing components for the Twit UGM, and one of the guests was hinting about multiple monitors in sli in the future but wouldnt give any details, nice to see it finally here :D Btw anyone know if the vista forceware works on win 7?
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Old November 20, 2008, 06:32 PM
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I get intermittent stuttering in L4D. So I rolled back.
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I was going to post a thread about this - I recommend against installing those - Too many unresolved issues/bugs/glitches, big disappoint. NVIDIA is going downhill lately with its quality of its drivers - this is many consecutive releases that don't get good feedback - and the same very obvious bugs are not addressed yet.
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Old November 20, 2008, 08:37 PM
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Personally havent see any myself so far tested, L4D , Far Cry 2, CoD4/5, RA3, no problems :).

Running GTX 280, so non 200 series it may be a different story.
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Old November 20, 2008, 10:19 PM
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AnandTech did a comparison for a couple games between 180.48 and the latest 178 series drivers. They found virtually little to no performance enhancement whatsoever.
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Old November 23, 2008, 11:38 AM
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I just loaded these drivers yesterday and so far so good but I haven't really given them a solid test run, I hope to do so in the next few days.
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I'm running them. They seem to have stuck my GTX 260 clocks on the stock max 586\1296\999. Does not throttle to and from 2D\3D at all and can't seem to set the clocks with a bios flash or rivatuner 2.20.
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Old November 23, 2008, 01:40 PM
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Weird. I've got them installed too, and my card maintains it's factory OC settings by default, included 2D when appropriate, but Rivatuner has no trouble jacking up the clock speeds further. Can't speak about performance, but haven't run into any new bugs, to say the least, nor have I found any significant drops in performance.
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Old November 24, 2008, 11:50 AM
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Some new betas out on nVIDIA Geforce 280 260 9800 9600 8800 8600 GT GTX AMD ATI Radeon HD 4850 4870 X2 - Guru of 3D: PC Hardware Reviews

GeForce ForceWare 180.60 Vista (32-bit)
GeForce ForceWare 180.60 Vista (64-bit)
GeForce ForceWare 180.60 XP (64-bit)
GeForce ForceWare 180.60 XP (32-bit)

Guru3d discussion

GeForce ForceWare 180.70 XP (32-bit)
GeForce ForceWare 180.70 Vista (64-bit)
GeForce ForceWare 180.70 Vista (32-bit)

Guru3d discussion

people in the guru3d forums are discussing the .70s as being for the Quadro cards but they work fine on all cards listed in the inf. The .70's are 'slightly' newer than the .60s.

Will be loading the 70s myself to test when I get home.
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