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NVIDIA Delivers the GeForce 290.53 Beta Driver

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  1. Cristian_25H

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    While AMD is gearing up to launch new hardware (the Radeon HD 7970), NVIDIA is keeping it light this week by only rolling out an updated driver for existing products. Bearing a beta tag, the 290.53 driver includes support for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series desktop cards, and for ION desktop GPUs, and features the following:

    Optimizations for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    - Increases performance by up to 25% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim vs. 290.36 drivers (measured with GeForce GTX 560 at 19x10 Ultra – Indoor Scene)
    - Updates the NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to a higher performance profile.
    - Added new 3D Vision laser sight /crosshair options to better match Skyrim crosshairs.

    NVIDIA SLI

    - Adds SLI profiles for Trine 2, WRC 2: FIA World Rally Championship 2011, and Afterfall: InSanity.

    3D Vision

    - Fixes issues with Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 not launching into 3D Vision mode
    - Added new 3D Vision laser sight /crosshair options to better match The Elder Scrolls Skyrim crosshairs
    - Added or updated the following 3D Vision game profiles:

    AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome – rated Good
    The Adventures of Tintin: The Game – rated Excellent
    Assassin's Creed: Revelations – rating changed to Fair
    Driver San Francisco – updated settings to work better in 3D Vision
    Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – updated in-game compatibility message
    Hard Reset – updated in-game compatibility message. FXAA x2 and x4 are now supported by the game
    Ignite – rated Good
    Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters – rated Fair
    Jurassic Park: The Game – rated Good
    Orcs Must Die! – rated Good
    PAYDAY The Heist – rated Poor
    PT Boats - Knights of the Sea – rated Good
    PT Boats - South Gambit – rated Good
    Race 07 – updated in-game compatibility message
    Race Room – rated Good
    Serious Sam 3: BFE – rated Poor
    SkyDrift – rated Good
    Star Wars: The Old Republic – rated Good
    Stronghold 3 – rated Good
    Take on Helicopters – rated Fair
    Trine 2 – rated 3D Vision Ready
    Waves – rated Excellent

    Key Bug Fixes

    - Fixes some random instances of triangular artifacts when playing Battlefield 3 (fix is now enabled for GeForce 400 and 500 series GPUs).
    - Fixes a default panel resolution/ timing bug in 290.36.

    Other Details

    - 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.

    To download the GeForce 290.53 beta just clicks on the following links:

    - Windows XP 32-bit
    - Windows 7 / Vista 32-bit
    - Windows 7 / Vista 64-bit
     
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  2. eidairaman1

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    Definitly to Conincide with the Radeon 7000 series launch. Hope For all the NV users it helps them have some form of gain.
     
  3. Drone

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    32 bit link is wrong
     
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    Performance is already fantastic for me and now I get even more? Thanks much Nvidia! :toast:
     
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    +25% performance in Skyrim? Can't skip this one :D

    ps. hope they didn't disabled dragons ;)
     
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    Another beta? How about a nice WHQL driver?...last time I saw one was the 24th of october...
     
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    I prefer a WHQL every three months or so rather than constant updates; mind you I play games months after they are released, they're cheaper, they're patched if needed and AMD/Nvidia drivers perform better. Next year I'll get Skyrim and Batman and hope to have no issues by then.
     
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    When "measured with GeForce GTX 560 at 19x10 Ultra – Indoor Scene"... nV's being awfully specific there...
     
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    ... and only on a Tuesday, if your name if Bob and the wind is blowing in the right direction. :laugh:
     
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    Yeah u don't think it'll be 25% across all 500 series cards. Honestly, any performance boost in my favorite game is welcome. :toast:
     
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    I'll give these a try and hope I stop getting "display driver has stopped responding" when I'm browsing the web.
     
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    Constant crashes.....went back to the 280's :( which unfortunately also crash at least once or twice a week.
     
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    Really? I haven't bothered installing them yet. I guess I'll wait 'til I actually see them list a fix for these crashes in the changelog for an update.
     
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    But everyone says it's the Radeon drivers that suck! ;)

    This AO in Skyrim is making me want an NV card.
     
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    Does anyone know if this fixes the crash of the control panel when used with Nvidia system tools???
     
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    This driver manage to make Ambient Occlusion in Skyrim (Quality level) less laggy vs the older drivers in my weak machine :D
    Have yet to encounter issues :)
     
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    Balls to the wall! This driver fixes a lot of issues for me with many games, and some more serious driver issues as well. I highly recommend this driver over the previous beta or whql.
     
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    I tried this out and instead of getting occasional "display driver has stopped responding but recovered" or whatever, it started just completely crashing and needing a whole system restart. I rolled back to the previous beta instead.
     

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