Thursday, April 30th 2009

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 185.81 BETA Drivers

NVIDIA today published a new version of its GeForce driver suite, this time including Windows 7 in the update. Version 185.81 of the driver has been released as a beta, meaning it is unsupported by product warranties. The following changes have been brought about :
  • Adds support for CUDA 2.2 for improved performance in GPU Computing applications
  • Expands GPU hardware acceleration for the NVIDIA Video Encoding library to GPUs with less than 32 cores. Applications using this library include CyberLink PowerDirector 7, Nero Move it 1.5, Loilo SuperLoiloScope MARS, and CyberLink MediaShow Espresso
  • Accelerates performance in several 3D applications and, compared to Release 182 drivers, delivers:
  • o Up to 25% performance increase in The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
    o Up to 22% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with antialiasing enabled
    o Up to 11% performance increase in Fallout 3 with antialiasing enabled
    o Up to 14% performance increase in Far Cry 2
    o Up to 30% performance increase in Half-Life 2 engine games with 3-way and 4-way SLI
    o Up to 45% performance increase in Mirror's Edge with antialiasing enabled
  • Automatically installs the new PhysX System Software version 9.09.0408
  • Supports GeForce Plus Power Pack #3
  • Numerous bug fixes. Refer to the release documentation notes for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 185.81 BETA for Windows XP 32-bit | Windows XP 64-bit | Windows Vista 32-bit | Windows Vista 64-bit | Windows 7 32-bit | Windows 7 64-bit
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24 Comments on NVIDIA Releases GeForce 185.81 BETA Drivers

#1
Live OR Die
yer got these a hour ago and tested them alone side the others have a look here LINK and they now drop clock speed on idle :)
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#2
xenos
lol @ nVidia trying to take focus off HD4770 :-P
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#3
alexp999
Staff
Updated with Windows 7 links. Great to see Windows 7 is now included in the updates :D

Now I can give some real Win 7 drivers a try, I hope you are right about them downclocking Live or Die, I have been using Vista drivers to solve that issue so far.
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#4
a111087
by: Live OR Die
they now drop clock speed on idle :)
wow, thats pretty cool, but by how much does it decrease power consumption?
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#5
bogmali
Anyone tested it using F@H yet?
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#6
Breathless
These are crap in 90% of opinions at guru3d. :nutkick:
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#8
u2konline
They support the 8 series, AWESOME :)
Downloading now. :)
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#9
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
I'll have to download and install these tonight.
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#10
3870x2
YAY...o wait, i just switched to ATI...
These driver updates really do increase performance, and it feels like even more than the %s they give (tested on 9800GX2) Course, after all was said and done, with the latest drivers, my 9800GX2 was beating GTX285s by 5-6%, except on crysis for some reason.
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#11
KieranD
i want to try these but ill wiat till someone takes the pluge heard a bad lot of things about frame rate and stability
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#12
Castiel
So are they good? Because I don't want to be installing and re-installing all night.
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#13
3870x2
by: u2konline
They support the 8 series, AWESOME :)
Downloading now. :)
Wow. Awesome! this will take you from 1FPS to 1.15FPS!! 15% increase!:toast:
Ill give you an X850XT, it will perform better than the 8400GS. You know you want it, and i know you like AGP.

Edit: Just read your specs: You did upgrade!!! hows it going?
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#14
Psychoholic
Excellent! I hate my card running 670mhz core on the desktop!

hope they drop the core clock even when steam is running.

by: Live OR Die
yer got these a hour ago and tested them alone side the others have a look here LINK and they now drop clock speed on idle :)
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#15
u2konline
I don't know about the rest of y'all, but i notice if you uninstall the nvidia drivers in safe mode and boot back into normal mode, its easy to install them without any hassle and what you uninstall in safe mode, really does uninstall. Vista 32bit btw.

by: 3870x2
Wow. Awesome! this will take you from 1FPS to 1.15FPS!! 15% increase!:toast:
Its all about stability my friend. Even tho i notice these new drivers does increase gaming performance a bit, which is always nice.

by: 3870x2
Ill give you an X850XT, it will perform better than the 8400GS. You know you want it, and i know you like AGP.
I don't have AGP slots , i have one PCI slot and 3 PCIE slots, one of them being X16. So i am going to buy 2 PCIE cards sometime next month, one of them being most likely the 4670. Haven't figure out yet what nvidia card i am going to get yet.

by: 3870x2
Edit: Just read your specs: You did upgrade!!! hows it going?
Perfect, everything i want in a new system i have. I have a couple games install now, old ones say from 2004-2006, i use to get 17-40fps, now i get 100-200 lol. But once i get a new powerful card, everything will be better. :)
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#16
3870x2
by: u2konline
I don't know about the rest of y'all, but i notice if you uninstall the nvidia drivers in safe mode and boot back into normal mode, its easy to install them without any hassle and what you uninstall in safe mode, really does uninstall. Vista 32bit btw.


Its all about stability my friend. Even tho i notice these new drivers does increase gaming performance a bit, which is always nice.


I don't have AGP slots , i have one PCI slot and 3 PCIE slots, one of them being X16. So i am going to buy 2 PCIE cards sometime next month, one of them being most likely the 4670. Haven't figure out yet what nvidia card i am going to get yet.



Perfect, everything i want in a new system i have. I have a couple games install now, old ones say from 2004-2006, i use to get 17-40fps, now i get 100-200 lol. But once i get a new powerful card, everything will be better. :)
Awesome, you should look at 4670, it got good reviews.
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#17
csendesmark
"Up to 30% performance increase in Half-Life 2 engine games with 3-way and 4-way SLI"

30% on a CPU limited application? NICE! :D
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#18
u2konline
Alright i have these drivers install, but why is my desktop screen slightly cut off on the right side? Is there a fix for this?
Only seem to be happening with the 185.81 or higher?
Its not a big deal, but its kinda scary.

by: 3870x2
Awesome, you should look at 4670, it got good reviews.
Yea most likely i will get it, all depends on what i find at best buy for my price range.
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#19
OnBoard
by: u2konline
Alright i have these drivers install, but why is my desktop screen slightly cut off on the right side? Is there a fix for this?
Only seem to be happening with the 185.81 or higher?
Its not a big deal, but its kinda scary.
Center it(the picture)? Different graphics card, different resolution, different Hz give different picture positions on VGA, why not drivers as well.
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#21
EarlZ
Still has some issues with correct 3d detection, Ive been wondering why its so hard for nvidia to implement that.
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#22
Kursah
Hey this driver works with the old EVGA gpu voltage tuner 1.0, woot! good to have that little program back since they won't integrate it w/Precision!
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#23
Flyordie
Nvidia decoupled their core... its virtually impossible to be perfect on 3D Detection when you do that.
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#24
puma99dk|
works great, and now my 8800GT is not called Nvidia GeForce 8800GT (Pre-Release WDDM 1.1) just Nvidia GeForce 8800GT :D
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