Nvidia GeForce 181.20 WHQL released!!

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  1. dajife

    dajife Active Member

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    NVIDIA just issued their all new WHQL GeForce driver.
    Exciting New Features:
    • Added support for GeForce GTX 295 and GeForce GTX 285
    • Enables NVIDIA SLI technology on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards with all SLI-certified GPUs
    • 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 Software version 8.10.13).
    • Supports GeForce Plus Power Pack #2. Download these free PhysX and CUDA applications now!
    • Added support for the new NVIDIA CUDA Video Encoder with H.264 optimization
    Blazing Fast Performance: Boosts performance in numerous 3D applications. The following are some examples of improvements measured with Release 181 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
    Download:
    [​IMG] GeForce ForceWare 181.20 XP 64-bit WHQL
    [​IMG] GeForce ForceWare 181.20 XP 32-bit WHQL
    [​IMG] GeForce ForceWare 181.20 Vista 32-bit WHQL
    [​IMG] GeForce ForceWare 181.20 Vista 64-bit WHQL
     
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    Yay, am i right when i say these will have openGl 3.0 support?
     
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    any vista user can test if AO is included too┬┐? xP

    and... wtf its with numbers? :S
     
  4. Jonny Manc

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    Cheers for that...at least there was no 3 month wait for another set of WHQL's....:p
     

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    Anybody want to confirm if these drivers have AO?
     
  6. bala_gamer

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    What is AO?
     
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    ambient occlusion
     
  8. bala_gamer

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    Why is Nvidia going back to 181 series driver again? The have already released the 185 series beta drivers and they are performing well too!! Any details regarding wddm 1.1 and windows 7 performance?
     
  9. BaneComes

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    not in vista 32 bit anyway
     
  10. morfeus02

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    * Boosts performance in numerous 3D applications. The following are some examples of improvements measured with Release 181 WHQL drivers vs. Release 178 WHQL drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
    o Up to 10% performance increase in 3DMark Vantage (performance preset)
    o Up to 13% performance increase in Assassin's Creed
    o Up to 13% performance increase in BioShock
    o Up to 15% performance increase in Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
    o Up to 10% performance increase in Crysis Warhead
    o Up to 25% performance increase in Devil May Cry 4
    o Up to 38% performance increase in Far Cry 2
    o Up to 18% performance increase in Race Driver: GRID
    o Up to 80% performance increase in Lost Planet: Colonies
    o Up to 18% performance increase in World of Conflict
     

  11. Anarion

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    Just wondering how to make use of it.
     
  12. UnrealGaming

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    Same as 180.48 vs 178xx ...
     
  13. bala_gamer

    bala_gamer Master Guru

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    Any idea about the above thing?
     
  14. Vichello

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    Great, gonna try these tonight ...
    The 185.20 wernt so great for GTA4 for me
     
  15. sheira

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    They were never realeased officialy, but leaked as far i know.
     
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  16. S.E.D.L.

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    185.20 was Quadro drivers as far as I know..
    So 181.xxx is for us "normal" users ;-)
     
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    Even if it doesn't improve performance for gta iv I hope it does something to saints row 2..
     
  18. Nightcover

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    Hope this doesn't have dual-screen issues like the 185 beta driver had.
     
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    I'am not sure, but GTA4 looks better with these. Not sure if it is dynamic shadows or something else. My framerate is still quite low though, maybe improved by 4-5 fps.
     
  20. Vichello

    Vichello Guest

    Im having a small bug, when i right click on desktop it shows 'nVidia Control Panel' twice xD
     

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