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Old September 14, 2010, 12:53 AM
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New in Release 260.63

New GPU Support

* Adds support for the newly released GeForce GTS 450 GPU.

Performance

* Increases performance for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. v258.96 WHQL drivers. The following are examples of some of the most significant improvements measured. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:

GeForce GTX 480:
+ Up to 10% in StarCraft II (2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF Ultra)
+ Up to 14% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
+ Up to 16% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (SLI – 2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
+ Up to 6% in Aliens vs. Predator (SLI – 1920x1200 noAA – Tessellation on)

GeForce GTX 460:
+ Up to 19% in StarCraft II (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF Ultra)
+ Up to 15% in Battlefield Bad Company 2 (SLI – 2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
+ Up to 12% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (2560x1600 noAA)
+ Up to 9% in Aliens vs. Predator (1680x1050 4xAA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
+ Up to 7% in Metro 2033 (1680x1050 noAA – Tessellation on)
+ Up to 11% in Dirt 2 (SLI – 2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
+ Up to 12% in Crysis:Warhead (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF Gamer)
+ Up to 13% in Far Cry 2 (2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
+ Up to 12% in H.A.W.X (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF SSAO Very High)
+ Up to 5% in Just Cause 2 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
+ Up to 22% in Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (1920x1200 noAA)
+ Up to 5% in 3DMark Vantage (Extreme Preset)

HD Audio

* Adds lossless DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD audio bitstreaming support for compatible Blu-ray movies with GeForce GTX 460 GPUs*.
* Adds high definition 24-bit, 96 and 192 KHz multi-channel audio sampling rate support for compatible Blu-ray movies with GeForce GTX 400 Series ,GT 240, GT 220 and 210 GPUs*.
* Upgrades HD Audio driver to version 1.1.9.0.

*Note: A Blu-ray movie player update may be required to enable these new features; check with your movie players software manufacturers for more details.These features are only supported on Windows 7.
Installation

* New driver installer with enhanced user interface and new Express and Custom installation options.
o Express – one-click installation
o Custom – customized installation
+ Option to perform a clean installation (completely removes older drivers from your system prior to installing the new driver).
+ Option to choose which driver components (ie. PhysX or 3D Vision) to install.
o Improved installation time for multi-GPU PCs.

Other Improvements

* Upgrades PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0514.
* Improves compatibility for older PC games (DirectX 7 to DirectX 9) running on Windows 7 (examples: Gothic, Gothic II, Falcon 4.0: Allied Force, Links 2003, Independence War II - Edge of Chaos, and X2: Wolverine's Revenge).
* Adds drag and drop display arrangement support to the “Set up multiple displays” page.
* Includes numerous bug fixes. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.

Also NVIDIA Surround and NVIDIA 3D Vision updates.
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Old September 14, 2010, 12:36 PM
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yay :D hopefully it's stable for me now
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Old September 14, 2010, 12:42 PM
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* Adds lossless DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD audio bitstreaming support for compatible Blu-ray movies with GeForce GTX 460 GPUs*.
* Adds high definition 24-bit, 96 and 192 KHz multi-channel audio sampling rate support for compatible Blu-ray movies with GeForce GTX 400 Series ,GT 240, GT 220 and 210 GPUs*.
* Upgrades HD Audio driver to version 1.1.9.0.
Ok... since they're talking about some 200 series cards in this I'm a bit confused..... did they start adding audio chips to their cards (a-la ATI) when they released the 240/220/210 models, or is the audio processing being done on the CPU via drivers?
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Ok... since they're talking about some 200 series cards in this I'm a bit confused..... did they start adding audio chips to their cards (a-la ATI) when they released the 240/220/210 models, or is the audio processing being done on the CPU via drivers?
External audio as usual.
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If that's the case, then why is an HD driver required... is there something I'm missing?

Sorry if I seem a bit dimwitted on this account, but quite simply I don't output HD content from my PC so I'm not completely up on how it works off of the PC.
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Option to completely clean old drivers? How reliable would this really be?
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Option to completely clean old drivers? How reliable would this really be?
Ooh, I missed that on my 1st read through. That could be very important, not to mention time saving.
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Old September 14, 2010, 02:19 PM
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Ooh, I missed that on my 1st read through. That could be very important, not to mention time saving.
Anybody out there know how to check to see if this actually works? I use drivercleaner.net now, but this would be handy if it means I could skip that.
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Anybody out there know how to check to see if this actually works? I use drivercleaner.net now, but this would be handy if it means I could skip that.
Just tried it and it seems to actually work. Going to fire up GPU3 and hope for something even though there's no mention of performance increase.

Mind you, I only did a brief registry check to see if the older files were properly removed. If you don't mind accidentally borking a Windows install, be my guest and try it.
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If that's the case, then why is an HD driver required... is there something I'm missing?

Sorry if I seem a bit dimwitted on this account, but quite simply I don't output HD content from my PC so I'm not completely up on how it works off of the PC.

I have done some research and it seems that some brand actually have removed the 2 pin sound connector on the card. No info about any onboard sound card but the removal of this little plug could be the reason, now the card need to use driver to be a valid output. Something like that?
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