For Nvidia Users, there’s an update on the graphics driver for extra performance in some games like Batman Arkham City, Battlefield 3, Sleeping Dogs, etc.
Following launches of its GeForce GTX 660 and GTX 650 graphics processors earlier this day, NVIDIA released the latest stable version of its GeForce driver suite. GeForce 306.23 WHQL was released for Windows 7/Vista and Windows XP. This is NVIDIA’s first WHQL-signed driver launch after GeForce GTX 660 Ti was launched last month. Hence, it includes official support for GeForce GTX 660 Ti, GeForce GTX 660, and GeForce GTX 650. The company also notified that the next WHQL-signed drivers will remove support for legacy GeForce GPUs such as 6-series and 7-series.
GeForce 306.23 WHQL also adds GPU and game-specific performance improvements. Along with the latest patch by its developer, Total War: Shogun 2 will see up to 60% performance improvement with GeForce GTX 680. Performance is also significantly improved for games such as Batman: Arkham City, Dragon Age II, STALKER: Call of Pripyat, and Battlefield 3 (in SLI). SLI profiles were added or improved for a large number of games. The drivers provide early support for applications built with CUDA 5 Preview.
A list of changes follows.
•Adds support for GeForce GTX 660 Ti, GeForce GTX 660, and GeForce GTX 650.
•Legacy Support Notification: GeForce 6-series and GeForce 7-series GPUs will be moved to legacy support after GeForce R304 drivers. GeForce R310 drivers (the next major family of drivers) will not support these products.
Performance Boost – Increases performance for GeForce 400/500/600 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. GeForce 301.42WHQL-certified drivers. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
GeForce GTX 680:
•Up to 18% in Batman: Arkham City
•Up to 15% in Dragon Age II
•Up to 10% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
•Up to 60% in Total War: Shogun 2 (fixes performance issue with latest game patch)
GeForce GTX 560:
•Up to 14% inBatman: Arkham City
•Up to 5% in Battlefield 3with SLI
•Up to 4% in Dragon Age II
•Up to 8% in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kingswith SLI
•Up to 7% in Lost Planet 2
NVIDIA SLI Technology – Adds or updates the following SLI profiles:
•Alan Wake’s American Nightmare – added
•Borderlands 2 – added
•Darksiders 2 – added
•End of Nations – added
•F1 2011 – updated
•F1 2012 – added
•Final Fantasy XIV – updated
•Nexuiz – added
•Orcs Must Die! 2 – added
•PlanetSide 2 – updated
•Saints Row: The Third – updated
•Shogun 2: Total War – updated
•Sleeping Dogs – added
•Spec Ops: The Line – added
•The Secret World – updated
•Torchlight II – added
•Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier – added
•Tornado Force – added
•Tribes: Ascend – updated
Other Profile Updates
•Added NVIDIA Control Panel antialiasing support for Diablo III
•Added NVIDIA Control Panel antialiasing support for L.A. Noire
•Added NVIDIA Control Panel antialiasing support for Rayman Origins
•Disabled FXAA for several Windows programs like Media Player and Movie Maker.
•Includes support for applications built using CUDA 5 Preview or earlier version of the CUDA Toolkit.
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