Thursday, January 22nd 2009

NVIDIA Releases Forceware 181.22 WHQL GeForce Driver Suite

NVIDIA made its latest GeForce driver suite official, version 181.22 WHQL. The driver comes nearly a week after its introduction as a beta. It reportedly brings in PhysX optimizations specific to Mirror's Edge. Attempting not to be merely a vehicle for PhysX system software version 9.09.0010, the driver promises certain fixes specific to Windows XP that include an SLI profile for STALKER: Clear Sky and Windows Vista-specific fixes that include an SLI profile for STALKER: Clear Sky benchmark, along with some stability issues being addressed for Fallout 3 and the GeForce GTX 295 accelerator, where only one of the two GPUs on the card was being recognized as CUDA/PhysX-supportive in some cases. Head over to NVIDIA's driver page for the downloads.

DOWNLOAD NVIDIA Forceware 181.22 WHQL for Windows XP 32-bit | Windows Vista 32-bit | Windows XP 64-bit | Windows Vista 64-bit
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10 Comments on NVIDIA Releases Forceware 181.22 WHQL GeForce Driver Suite

#1
Castiel
Got if for my 9600GT, I only got like 2+ more FPS in my games.
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PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
My 7900gt actually lost some performance in Valve engine games.
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#3
oli_ramsay
nvidia seem to release drivers and beta every week! Where the hell is CCC 9.1!
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#4
Castiel
by: oli_ramsay
nvidia seem to release drivers and beta every week! Where the hell is CCC 9.1!
I agree, I'm not liking the drivers that came with my 4850X2.
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#5
Weer
I'm waiting to see what this does for the GTX 295.
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#6
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
honestly my hat goes off to nvidia for their GTX 295 drivers.

7950GX2 had appalling drivers, and the 9800GX2 was very bold and promising.

but they have learned form their 2 previous tries, and this card is a monster.
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DarkMatter
by: btarunr
along with some stability issues being addressed for Fallout 3 and the GeForce GTX 295 accelerator, where only one of the two GPUs on the card was being recognized as CUDA/PhysX-supportive in some cases.
Does that mean it fixes stability in Fallout for all cards or only the 295? I'm understanding that it's the second part of the sentence that pertains to the 295.

In any case stability in Fallout is something that I REALLY need. FFS that game will go at 60+ fps and suddenly slow down to a crawl, just to recover a little bit later (same area, same perpective).

Also after an undefined period of time playing it crashes. Happens the same with Oblivion after 180.xx's, so I wonder if it's something related to the Gamebryo engine...

by: Castiel
Got if for my 9600GT, I only got like 2+ more FPS in my games.
I don't know you, but 2 fps is quite an improvement for a driver that is not meant to improve performance. Specially at the settings I'd play and being the 9600 the card at use, 2 fps is a lot for me, because the 9600GT would be playing most games at 30-40 fps. 2 fps would be something around 5% increment in that case, not bad if you ask me. That being said, I don't expect any improvement. I'll try them tomorrow.
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#8
Nemesis881
I have a feeling it won't help my 8600 that much, but it looks nice and polished. Might as well give it a try. :)
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#9
Castiel
It really works good with FEAR 2, I played it at first with this driver went back played it and went back again and it was really smooth with this new driver!
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#10
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: wolf
honestly my hat goes off to nvidia for their GTX 295 drivers.

7950GX2 had appalling drivers, and the 9800GX2 was very bold and promising.

but they have learned form their 2 previous tries, and this card is a monster.
I've got the 7950 GX2 and the 9800 GX2. The 9800 GX2 has run very well indeed since I bought it a couple of months ago, so the driver support is pretty polished now.

I don't play with the 7950 GX2 much now, so I don't know how it will perform, but I expect that the bug fixes and improvements will apply to that card too.
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