Sunday, December 9th 2007

NVIDIA ForceWare 169.17 Beta Drivers Leaked

Following the unofficial release of its 169.13 display driver earlier this week, NVIDIA has once again uploaded new drivers to its downloads server in the form of the 169.17 betas. As these aren’t intended to have been released yet, there are no driver information pages, but apparently these drivers are only recommended for people that play Final Fantasy XI. If you want to give them a try, here are the download links (direct to NVIDIA’s FTP server):
  • Windows XP 32-bit – here
  • Windows XP 64-bit – here
  • Windows Vista 32-bit – here
  • Windows Vista 64-bit – here
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14 Comments on NVIDIA ForceWare 169.17 Beta Drivers Leaked

#1
OrbitzXT
Interesting, the 8800 cards were awful for FFXI when they first came out. The graphics are very glitchy with shimmering weird looking textures. nVidia kept blaming SquareEnix though, I don't play anymore but I wonder if after a year they finally fixed that.
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#2
Tory
You made a typo and called it 168.17 in the article body.
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#3
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
@tory PM that kinda stuff to the poster it looks tacky on the front page to have someone say that
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#4
its2cold

Crysis medium 1680x1050 DX10 Vista x64

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 3.2GHz
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
4x1Gb DDRAM II A-Data 800MHz 5-5-5-18
MSI 8600GTS 256MB 740/1600/1120
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#5
Jimmy 2004
by: its2cold

Crysis medium 1680x1050 DX10 Vista x64

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 3.2GHz
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
4x1Gb DDRAM II A-Data 800MHz 5-5-5-18
MSI 8600GTS 256MB 740/1600/1120
So they look like they're better for Crysis.
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#6
HaZe303
These drivers are great for Crysis, and other games. Great performance, but also they seem to make my gpu run much hotter? Im not sure if it runs hotter, or its another Nvidia Temp Bug in the driver?
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#7
erocker
A whole .28 of a frame better! :rockout: :laugh:
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#8
FatForester
by: erocker
A whole .28 of a frame better! :rockout: :laugh:
Hey, but since that's in Crysis, I'll take what I can get! I finally did the "very high" tweak for XP, and WOW. I don't think I can go back to high settings without feeling guilty... so bring on the drivers!
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#9
1c3d0g
Hey thanks for your quick benchmarks, Jimmy 2004 (I mean its2cold). I really appreciate the effort you put in them. :rockout:
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#10
DarkMatter
Any improvement is a good thing. :)

Now sorry because I'm going a little bit offtopic.

@FatForester
What temps does your 8800gt with vf-900? And was easy to install?

Thanks :toast:
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#11
HaZe303
No I got more than 0,28% improvement in Crysis. But for you to have some improvement with these drivers, you actually need a GFX Card that can run the game in decent framerates to begin with(g80, g92). Any card below this is not even worth starting Crysis for.

I actually dont know how high fps I get, I only measure my own "feel" in the game. For an example, with forceware 169.13 Crysis ran pretty well with some slowdowns now and then, but not that often. With 169.17, Crysis runs great, no slowdowns, nowhere. I dont care for FPS in %, most important is how enjoyable games feel. I´d rather have a game with no slowdowns and a steady 30fps, than a game with 60-90fps, but lots of jerkiness and slowdowns.
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#12
ThorAxe
These seem to help Crysis SLI users the most as I got roughly an 18% increase in frames in XP at Very High (Hack) at 1680x1050. The minimum fps was 20.7ish which is pretty good given the settings.
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#13
Jimmy 2004
by: 1c3d0g
Hey thanks for your quick benchmarks, Jimmy 2004. I really appreciate the effort you put in them. :rockout:
Say thanks to its2cold - he/she posted them originally. :)
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#14
hacker111
Just to play Final Fantasy I will download it....:nutkick:
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