Tuesday, October 23rd 2012

NVIDIA Releases the Performance-Boosting GeForce 310.33 Beta Driver

Countering AMD's ' Never Settle' driver (the Catalyst 12.11), NVIDIA has today rolled out a new graphics driver that delivers performance improvements of up to 15% for GeForce GTX 600 Series cards. The driver in question is called GeForce 310.33, it comes in beta form, and it features support for GeForce 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 and 600 Family cards.

Download: GeForce 310.33 Beta (Windows 7/8 64-bit)


New in R310 Drivers:

Performance Boost - Increases performance for GeForce 400/500/600 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. GeForce 306.97 WHQL-certified drivers. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
GeForce GTX 680:
- Up to 11% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Up to 6% in StarCraft II
- Up to 6% in Batman: Arkham City
GeForce GTX 660:
- Up to 6% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Up to 3% in Batman: Arkham City
- Up to 4% in Dragon Age II

NVIDIA 3D Vision - Adds or updates the following 3D Vision profiles:
Assassin's Creed III rated Not Recommended
Bloody Good Time rated Good
Bullet Run rated Fair
Call of Duty Black Ops 2 rated Good
Carrier Command: Gaea Mission rated 3D Vision Ready
Dark Souls rated Fair
Dishonored rated Fair
FIFA 13 rated Good
Hitman: Absolution rated Fair
I Am Alive rated Fair
MLB 2K12 rated Fair
NBA 2K12 rated Good
Need for Speed: Most Wanted rated Fair
Sniper Elite V2 rated Poor
Tiny Troopers rated Fair
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD rated Good
Total War Battles: SHOGUN rated Good
XCOM: Enemy Unknown rated Fair

NVIDIA SLI Technology - Adds or updates the following SLI profiles:
Dirt: Showdown – updated SLI profile
Dota 2 - updated SLI profile
Dou Zhan Shen – updated SLI profile
F1 2012 - added SLI profile
FIFA 13 – sdded SLI profile
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad – updated SLI profile

Other Profile Updates
Updated NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for Counter-strike: Global Offensive
Added NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for Cross Fire
Updated NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for Darksides 2
Added NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for Dragon Nest
Updated NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for Guild Wars 2
Updated NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for Mechwarrrior Online
Added NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for Meng San Guo

NVIDIA CUDA
Includes support for applications built using CUDA 5 or earlier version of the CUDA Toolkit.

Additional Details

- Installs PhysX System Software v9.12.0904.
- Installs HD Audio v1.3.18.0.
- Supports OpenGL 4.3 for GeForce 400-series and later GPUs.
- Supports DisplayPort 1.2 for GeForce GTX 600 series GPUs.
- Supports multiple languages and APIs for GPU computing: CUDA C, CUDA C++, CUDA Fortran, OpenCL, DirectCompute, and Microsoft C++ AMP.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel and AMD motherboards.
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21 Comments on NVIDIA Releases the Performance-Boosting GeForce 310.33 Beta Driver

#1
HossHuge
How does the rating system work for the 3D Vision profiles?
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#2
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
Doesn't seem like its boosts performance in to many games......
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#3
Covert_Death
why they no give stats for my 670????

and the games they show had a max of 11% if its up to 15 show which game is 15!!!!


and i wonder how long they have had the performance part of this update waiting in their back pocket so they could "match" AMD's move the next day, just like this........
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#4
jihadjoe
I guess that's one of the disadvantages of getting your drivers (mostly) right the first time -- there won't be much performance to be gained by tweaking later on.
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#5
Batou1986
Why do I get the feeling where going to see more of this driver sand bagging of sorts in the future.
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#6
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
ehhh I need one of these guys to show more support for games in windowed mode. Sick of weirdness that comes from not using full-screen
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#7
swaaye
by: Batou1986
Why do I get the feeling where going to see more of this driver sand bagging of sorts in the future.
These little games have been played all the way back to the dawn of video drivers. Single digit percent gains are intangible and might as well be measurement error, but it still looks good on a news release.
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#9
Steevo
So they at first say 15%, but then only show 11% in skyrim?
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#10
[H]@RD5TUFF
Has anyone with a GTX 680 tried this patch and can verify it does improve performance ?
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#11
okidna
Although they didn't mentioned it, this driver fixed my Borderlands 2 CTD issues! Woo hoo!

by: Steevo
So they at first say 15%, but then only show 11% in skyrim?
NVIDIA has today rolled out a new graphics driver that delivers performance improvements of up to 15%
What part of "up to" that you didn't understand?
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#12
ViperXTR
looks meh compared to AMD's never settle drivers
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#13
SonDa5
Where is the counter AMD "never settle" 4 free game bundle?

Show me the 4 free game coupon then I will consider NVIDIA's counter move worthy.
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#14
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
I am done with Skyrim, I am no longer playing StarCraft II (heck was getting 60fps tops there even before this driver), I am finished with Batman: Arkham City and I am not interested in reinstalling Dragon Age II. Basically don't need it.
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#15
alwayssts
When these are out of beta, as well as Catalyst 12.11, I hope W1z retests the 500/600 and 7000 series.

The last day has been really confusing. I blame most of it on the 'never settle for a driver without at least 3 hotfixes', but there's always a chance this driver could change the over-all picture as well.

Hooray for tangible performance increases, even if they both appear suspicious in both where AMD cards now land in performance relative to nvidia's parts when normalized, as well as nvidia magically having a beta in their back pocket compiled and ready to go.
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#16
xenocide
I'll have to test this out with my 670 to see if there are any noticable performance gains. Only downside is I don't exactly have a ton of Benchmarking games as far as I know. I know I could manage some synthetic ones easily, but as far as games it's hard to benchmark consistantly without a pre-scripted benchmark system.
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#17
HossHuge
by: HossHuge
How does the rating system work for the 3D Vision profiles?
So if nobody has an answer than I'll just have to assume that they just make up the rating system based on what they think.
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#18
Ikaruga
Guys, looks like we don't have to buy new faster cards anymore from now on. We just download new drivers, and that's it:toast:
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#19
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Originally Posted by HossHuge View Post
How does the rating system work for the 3D Vision profiles?
Really weird. In fallout 3, it rates it "Excellent" but has some funky stuff with HDR turned on. While in Magic Duels of Planeswalker, its rated "Not Rated" but was in fact flawless.
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#20
RejZoR
by: okidna
Although they didn't mentioned it, this driver fixed my Borderlands 2 CTD issues! Woo hoo!





What part of "up to" that you didn't understand?
The one where they don't list any games with "up to" 15% lol...
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#21
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Installed these yesterday and have gotten nothing but nvlddmkm.sys BSODs. :(
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