Thursday, March 22nd 2012

NVIDIA Releases the 301.10 WHQL Driver for the GeForce GTX 680

Since the GTX 680 will be launched later today, NVIDIA has decided to go ahead and publish the first (official) driver that supports its Kepler-powered card. Known as 301.10, this driver is WHQL certified, it only knows the GeForce GTX 680 (you'll need a modified inf file for 'expanded' support), and is bundled with the PhysX System Software v9.12.0213 (plus HD Audio v1.3.12.0).

GeForce 301.10 WHQL (Windows 7/Vista 32-bit) / GeForce 301.10 WHQL (Windows 7/Vista 64-bit)


The GeForce 301.10 includes the following highlights:

New Features

NVIDIA GPU Boost Technology - dynamically maximizes clock speeds based on workload of the game to push performance to new levels and bring out the best in every game.

NVIDIA FXAA Technology - shader-based anti-aliasing technology available from the NVIDIA Control Panel that enables ultra-fast anti-aliasing in hundreds of PC games. FXAA delivers similar quality to 4x multi-sample antialiasing (MSAA) but is up to 60% faster, enabling substantially higher performance in games. Note: This feature is disabled for games already have built-in support for FXAA.

NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync - dynamically enables vertical sync based on your current frame rates for the smoothest gaming experience.

NVIDIA Frame Rate Target - dynamically adjusts frame rate to a user specified target. Support for this feature is enabled via third party applications via NVAPI.

NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround Technology - with a single GeForce GTX 680 you can expand your PC games across three displays in full stereoscopic 3D for the ultimate "inside the game" experience. NVIDIA Surround also supports triple screen gaming with non-3D Vision monitors.

New Surround features:

- Add in a fourth accessory display to get access to your email, web, or other applications while you game.
- Maximize an application to a single physical display when in Surround mode (enabled by default).
- Confine the Windows Taskbar to the center display (enabled by default).
- Enable bezel peeking - a feature which enables users to temporarily 'peak' behind the monitor bezels using a hotkey (Ctrl + Alt + B). This feature is designed to be used in conjunction with bezel corrected resolutions.
- Enables users to add or remove resolutions from the list of Surround resolutions (only those selected will be available to applications).
- Enables full center display acceleration for single wide display modes (center display must be connected to the master GPU).

NVIDIA NVENC Support - adds support for the new hardware-based H.264 video encoder in GeForce GTX 680, providing up to 4x faster encoding performance while consuming less power.
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36 Comments on NVIDIA Releases the 301.10 WHQL Driver for the GeForce GTX 680

#1
Live OR Die
It the card being released world wide on the same day or just the US?
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#2
NdMk2o1o
Are all of these 680 exclusive features?

by: Live OR Die
It the card being release world wide on the same day or just the US?
I want to eat your avatar
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#3
the54thvoid
by: Live OR Die
It the card being release world wide on the same day or just the US?
Don't think they 'll ship to Oz mate, they heard how happy you are with your 7970 :p
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#4
Lionheart
by: the54thvoid
Don't think they 'll ship to Oz mate, they heard how happy you are with your 7970 :p
Lmfao he sold it too me:roll:
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#5
LDNL
Wheres the review Wiz!
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#6
the54thvoid
someone said 6am pacific time. So 1 or 2pm BST?
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#7
Live OR Die
by: the54thvoid
Don't think they 'll ship to Oz mate, they heard how happy you are with your 7970 :p
:laugh: how you like this took me 5 minutes to edit see the love
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#9
Crap Daddy
So, in comparison with the 7970 launch, this is a hard launch and has available WHQL drivers from day one. Oh, I almost forgot it's a better card and priced lower.
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#10
Live OR Die
by: Crap Daddy
So, in comparison with the 7970 launch, this is a hard launch and has available WHQL drivers from day one. Oh, I almost forgot it's a better card and priced lower.
Thats because Nvidia didn't rush the card out with shitty drivers :toast:
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#11
Lionheart
by: Live OR Die
Thats because Nvidia didn't rush the card out with shitty drivers :toast:
Just letting you know bro that your HD7970 is in safe keeping and I haven't had any issues with it:toast::slap::laugh:
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#12
NHKS
by: Live OR Die
It the card being released world wide on the same day or just the US?
do u want to know availability in Australia?.. i found a couple..
TECS comp store

TechBuy


btw.. nice job editing the smiley!
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#13
swirl09
There is something a little more exciting about this launch than any other in recent times IMO. It's a little bizarre too how under wraps nV has been with it, luckily it's not stopping people talking and perhaps that is ultimately their goal, maximum promo with minimum effort.

From all the leaks, it seems to have the edge (ignoring the fact it's smaller etc, kudos and all but idgf tbh, just want performance), does diminish at higher res's which is where I'm looking at, but ahead all the same.

Just hope full in depth reviews don't show cracks nV has been dancing around, if not we have an excellent card! Here's hoping for custom options come IB launch :o
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#16
raptori
I hope W1zzard bench with these drivers
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#18
THE_EGG
what the fking dick?!!!?!?!?!? ~$850AUD!!!!!!!!! WHAT THE HELL! Why does the US get it for $500! I DEMAND ANSWERS!

In all seriousness though why o' why does it cost 65% more in Australia. Is there any way of getting it shipped to Australia from the US?

Edit: nevermind found some for just under $700 although thats still might overpriced imo.
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#19
NHKS
by: st.bone
Ive checked it out, but i think no 4K (4096 x 2160) Resolution support? or what?
http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-680/specifications
yes, 680 wont support 4096 x 2160 based on the specs..


BUT, BUT.....
the 'whitepaper' says :
"New Display/Video Engine
All Kepler GPUs feature an all-new display engine that has been tailored for next-generation 4k and 3GHz HDMI displays, multi-display gaming with NVIDIA Surround, multi-stream audio, and enhanced video transcoding. GeForce GTX 680’s display engine is capable of driving up to four displays simultaneously, and provides native Surround support from one GeForce GTX 680 card."
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#20
Delta6326
Well I tried to stay all night, but i'm going back to bed c ya later today.
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#21
Shurakai
by: THE_EGG
what the fking dick?!!!?!?!?!? ~$850AUD!!!!!!!!! WHAT THE HELL! Why does the US get it for $500! I DEMAND ANSWERS!

In all seriousness though why o' why does it cost 65% more in Australia. Is there any way of getting it shipped to Australia from the US?

Edit: nevermind found some for just under $700 although thats still might overpriced imo.
Care to mention where? Can't find any sites myself.
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#23
ShockG
Ah, these are looking great. Improvement over the .82 drivers in some benchmarks.
Looking good for nvidia this, just about 21W max more on test system at peak power draw than HD7970.
Fun times ahead. Can't wait for TPU review :)

No mention of other GF600 cards in inf
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#24
zomg
any mentions of other 6xx cards inside driver?
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#25
Depth
by: THE_EGG
what the fking dick?!!!?!?!?!? ~$850AUD!!!!!!!!! WHAT THE HELL! Why does the US get it for $500! I DEMAND ANSWERS!

In all seriousness though why o' why does it cost 65% more in Australia. Is there any way of getting it shipped to Australia from the US?

Edit: nevermind found some for just under $700 although thats still might overpriced imo.
It'll cost around $900 USD here in Norway. I'll buy two and send you one for free, you poor thing.
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