Tuesday, March 13th 2012

NVIDIA Delivers the GeForce 296.10 WHQL and 296.17 Drivers

Santa Clara-based NVIDIA Corp. has today made available a couple of new graphics drivers, the WHQL-certified GeForce 296.10 for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, and the GeForce 296.17 preview driver specifically made for Windows 8. Both drivers feature support for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500 series desktop cards.

GeForce 296.10 WHQL - Windows Vista/7 (32-bit) | Windows Vista/7 (64-bit) | Windows XP (32-bit) | Windows XP (64-bit)
GeForce 296.17 - Windows 8 (32-bit) | Windows 8 (64-bit)

GeForce 296.10 WHQL Release Highlights:
  • Adds support for the new GeForce GTX 560 SE GPU.
  • Updates PhysX System Software to version 9.12.0213.
  • Boosts SLI performance in the following games:
  • - Blacklight: Retribution - up to 1.8x performance increase
    - DiRT 3 - updated DX11 profile to improve menu performance
    - Dishonored
    - Dungeon Defenders
    - F1 2011 - improves performance with game patch 1.2
    - rFactor 2
  • Adds 3D Vision support for the following games:
  • - Dear Esther - Rated Good
    - Deep Black: Reloaded - Rated 3D Vision Ready
  • Includes numerous bug fixes
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14 Comments on NVIDIA Delivers the GeForce 296.10 WHQL and 296.17 Drivers

#1
Ikaruga
The gpu-scaling related input lag bug is still there... rolling back:(
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#2
newtekie1
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No Alan Wake SLI support yet. :(
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#4
claylomax
Are you kidding me? They take five months to release a new driver and now do a new one just three weeks after the latest WHQL.
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#5
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
These do not offer much over 295.73. Nothing really worth upgrading for.
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#6
deleted
Windows 8 automatically Downloaded and installed this for me two days ago.. I was a bit impressed, and and a bit concerned. Not sure if I want to look up driver changelogs every time I use Windows auto update.
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#7
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
by: TheMailMan78
These do not offer much over 295.73. Nothing really worth upgrading for.
Yeah...except for the SLI crowd running a couple specific titles the only diff seems to be the WHQL.

by: deleted
I was a bit impressed, and and a bit concerned.
Smart man.
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newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: claylomax
Are you kidding me? They take five months to release a new driver and now do a new one just three weeks after the latest WHQL.
Sure seems like there has been monthly nVidia drivers releases to me. *check's nVidia's site* Yep.
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#9
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
Any FPS increase on BF3 or skyrim?
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#10
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
Doubtful compared to latest beta based off the notes.
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#12
claylomax
by: newtekie1
Sure seems like there has been monthly nVidia drivers releases to me. *check's nVidia's site* Yep.
I mean WHQL drivers, :slap:
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#13
xenocide
I wouldn't be surprised if there's some hidden support in there for 6xx series GPUs.
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#14
Sihastru
by: claylomax
Are you kidding me? They take five months to release a new driver and now do a new one just three weeks after the latest WHQL.
That timeline is an exaggeration. We're only talking about ~3 months, but in that time we had 4 perfectly good beta drivers released.

The reason for this release however is the addition of Windows 8 to the driver stack. No "special drivers" like AMD has you googling all over the place for.

by: brandonwh64
Any FPS increase on BF3 or skyrim?
They claim "game changing" performance increase of up to 45% for Skyrim.
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