Tuesday, January 31st 2012

NVIDIA Releases the GeForce 295.51 Beta Driver

Leaving AMD to deliver on the hardware front, NVIDIA has today rolled out its first official graphics driver of 2012, the beta-tagged GeForce 295.51. This build has support for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500 series desktop cards and for ION GPUs, it comes with updated versions of the PhysX software (v9.11.1111) and HD Audio driver (1.3.12.0), and it brings new and up-to-date SLI and 3D Vision profiles.

Windows 7/Vista 32-bit / Windows 7/Vista 64-bit / Windows XP 32-bit / Windows XP 64-bit

The 295.51 highlights follow:

NVIDIA SLI

Adds or updates SLI profiles for:

- 7554
- Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
- Mass Effect 3
- Oil Rush
- Red Faction: Armageddon

3D Vision

Adds support for 3D Vision windowed mode on DLP HDTVs and on Optimized for GeForce passive 3D monitors
Adds or updates 3D Vision profiles for:

- The Adventures of Tintin – rated Good
- Afterfall: Insanity – rated Fair
- Black Prophecy – rated Not Recommended
- Chaos Online – rated Fair
- Da Vinci Online – rated Fair
- DotA 2 – rating upgraded to Fair
- Dungeon and Dragons: Daggerdale – rated Fair
- Ferrari Project – rated Not Recommended
- The First Templar – rated Fair
- Fractal – rated Excellent
- FreeStyle 2 – rated Good
- The Haunted Halls Reach – rated Excellent
- King Arthur II – rated Not Recommended
- Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – rated Fair
- Kong Fu Ying Xiong – rated Fair
- Love Beat – rated Good
- Marvel Super Hero Squad Online – rated Good
- Microsoft Flight – rated Fair
- Perpetuum – rated Fair
- Post Apocalyptic Mayhem – rated Fair
- Prototype 2 – rated Fair
- Q.U.B.E. – rated Excellent
- Quan Qiu Shi Ming – rated Excellent
- rFactor 2 (mod mode) – rated Good
- Saints Row: The Third – Rated Not Recommended
- Shadow Company: Left for Dead – rated Not Recommended
- Special Force – Rated Good
- Tera – rated Good
- Top Gun: Hard Lock – rated Not Recommended
- Tropico 4 – rated Good
- Worms Blast – rated Good

Key Bug Fixes and Enhancements

- Fixes instances where the GeForce GTX 590 fan unnecessarily increased to 100%.
- Fixes instances of driver timeouts while simultaneously watching multiple videos.
- Adds edit/delete option for custom resolutions.
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21 Comments on NVIDIA Releases the GeForce 295.51 Beta Driver

#1
NC37
Yeah hi...ummm nVidia...AMD has delivered not only on the hardware front, but also on the driver front. In the form of...actual non beta drivers within the past 3-4 months. May want to think of I dunno...CATCHING THE @$@# UP!!!!
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#2
Steevo
Will this driver kill your card?
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#3
Crap Daddy
by: Steevo
Will this driver kill your card?
My card?
No. It won't.
I don't change drivers like socks.
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#4
Fluffmeister
No big changes really, presumably Kepler is getting all the love internally now. :rockout:
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#5
Arctucas
Like the previous 29x drivers, no SLi for me.
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#6
hhumas
wow this update is awesome DotA 2 – rating upgraded to Fair
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#7
ViperXTR
i wonder if the inf file contains some kepler model details already? (just like in the past)
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#8
xenocide
by: NC37
Yeah hi...ummm nVidia...AMD has delivered not only on the hardware front, but also on the driver front. In the form of...actual non beta drivers within the past 3-4 months. May want to think of I dunno...CATCHING THE @$@# UP!!!!
AMD could have a year head start on drivers and in my mind they would still be worse. I have had bad luck the past year with my AMD drivers, never once had problems with Nvidia drivers. As for hardware, I can wait :P
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#9
animaN
Nice! I hope that they fixed problems that the old ones has.
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#10
claylomax
But still no WHQL. Anyway I can wait.
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#11
Initialised
They couldn't not have a news story on the day the GTX580 gets dethroned could they?
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#12
Fluffmeister
Yeah finally dethroned some 15 odd months and a die shrink later. Go AMD!
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MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: Initialised
They couldn't not have a news story on the day the GTX580 gets dethroned could they?
yeah the 580 got dethroned by 1% with the 7950 and like 15% with the 7970................. about a year later :rolleyes:
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#15
Boilerhog
by: nvidiaintelftw
yeah the 580 got dethroned by 1% with the 7950 and like 15% with the 7970................. about a year later :rolleyes:
So 2 years later ,there is still no upgrade to my 2x GTX480, :P :toast:
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#16
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Downloading now.
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#17
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: Boilerhog
So 2 years later ,there is still no upgrade to my 2x GTX480, :P :toast:
yeah there is? Maybe not in straight up performance to price and hassle ratio:D but GTX580 SLI is faster, cooler, quiter, and a bit more efficient for the same price you spent on the 2 GTX480s.
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#18
Boilerhog
But, i still would not go out and throw down cash now , it wouldn't be feasable,is what i meant .
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#19
daniel2000
258
perfect image resize
no dinamic range working
no cusom rezolution
260
imposible to do image resize on a HDTV(second monitor)
repaired dinamic range on 261
no custom resolution
Image resize has steps from 10 pixels to 10 pixels ....
280
-Custom rezolution not working
-video color setings dinamic range not working on dual monitor
-Image resize has steps from 10 pixels to 10 pixels ....
285 to 290 repair custom resolution and video dinamic ranges but:
-20 %of the movies(avi) have a image who is broke in pieces
-problem on some games
-Image resize has steps from 10 pixels to 10 pixels ....
295
-repaired the movie problem
-again not working the custom rezolution
-again video color setings dinamic range not working
-Image resize has steps from 10 pixels to 10 pixels ....

I belive it become a politic on Nvidia not to make a complete functional driver from the moment Windows 7 was lanch.
(Sorry for my english)
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#20
ice_v
by: claylomax
But still no WHQL. Anyway I can wait.
Their last WHQL goes back October last year...WTF! it's been more then 3 months now...enough with the fu***n betas already! :banghead:
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