Tuesday, March 2nd 2010

NVIDIA GeForce 196.75 WHQL Drivers Released

NVIDIA released version 196.75 of its GeForce driver suite. The drivers are WHQL signed. It adds support for new NVIDIA GPUs, notably the ION 2 GPU, apart from GeForce 300 series mobile GPUs, and the existing lineup of GeForce GPUs, 6-series and above. GeForce 196.75 WHQL also packs the updated 9.10.0129 PhysX system software, and an updated version driver for NVIDIA GPUs with embedded HD audio. Apart from these there are application specific performance increments:
  • Up to 13% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with a single GPU
  • Up to 30% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with SLI technology
  • Up to 13% performance increase in H.A.W.X with single GPU
  • Up to 15% performance increase in H.A.W.X with SLI technology
  • Up to 30% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with single GPU
  • Up to 28% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with SLI technology
SLI profiles are added for Assassin Creed II, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Command and Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight, Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City, Mass Effect 2, Napoleon: Total War, and Zombie Driver. SLI support is improved further for World of Warcraft, and Unigine. It adds Ambient Occlusion support for Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, Need for Speed: Shift, Resident Evil 5, RUSE, and Street Fighter IV. AA issue for Mass Effect 2 is fixed with an AA override added. A large number of other bug fixes were included, and issues resolved. Refer to the Release Notes documents (for Windows 7/Vista, Windows XP), for more information.

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38 Comments on NVIDIA GeForce 196.75 WHQL Drivers Released

really impressive

It's cool for nVidia users. :eek: . Anyway, I switched to ATI months ago :D
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Finally don't have to use nHancer for AA in ME2 anymore. :toast:
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Is the Nvidia driver download site broken for anyone else?
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TheLostSwede said:
Is the Nvidia driver download site broken for anyone else?
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Performance Enthusiast
pwoah look at those performance increases, way for them to try and keep up before they get new parts out.

I bet 285's vs 5870's in Crysis Warhead is a lot closer now.
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Live OR Die said:
sweet release the work good
I just got quadro drivers pdf and no drivers. Too lazy to search elsewhere maybe they'll get the download working soon. edit: now it worked
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The main driver download page still seems to be broken, so I went through the beta section and was able to get it that way.
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The last time I saw a performance increase like this from Nvidia was when they borked up shadows and the like in Crysis.
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Steevo said:
The last time I saw a performance increase like this from Nvidia was when they borked up shadows and the like in Crysis.
Those were the infamous 169.04 and in the end it was a glicth. Ati had a similar one with FarCry 2 and early HD5xxx suffered some too. It sometimes happens. Nvidia released 169.21 soon after that feature both the increased performance (greater than 169.04 actually) and zero gitches.

Nevermind, 185.sumething drivers had a similar performance increase and I have not heard of any problem to date.
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Semi-Retired Folder
I'll have to test these when I get home, I wonder if these still have the issue with Rivatuner not showing the shader slider.
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Creator Solaris Utility DVD
these better not break the physx properties like the last 3 releases i cant enable my ageia
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Lab Extraordinaire
brandonwh64 said:
im going to install to see if it makes a diffrence

right now im using xtreme drivers from http://www.tweakforce.com/
same here im using like 195.XX,

with 196.75 any benefits with G92s?
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For those who are using the Media Player classic as their video player, this driver version breaks the playback if your using the EVR outputs and you need to switch to VMR-7 to get things wrong. But if anyone knows of a fix or another work around please post!
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They really work !

Crysis Warhead 39fps average with the old drivers
Crysis Warhead 44fps average with the new drivers

1920x1200 very high, no aa.

G.skill 1200mhz
2x GTX 260

+1 for nvidia !
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Drivers run great for GTA IV also. :)
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These failed to make any increase on warhead for me with my standard benchmark, but it doesn't test minimum FPS. Also having crashing every other time I load a warhead level.
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These drivers have worked wonders for me so far - Batman Arkham Asylum sees an increase with Physx and settings on High, I now have no problems running Borderlands with Dynamic Shadows on (a buttery smooth 60fps where previously I was getting weird framerate drops), no more shutdowns in games if vsync is not enabled and framerates in MW2 and Crysis Warhead have both increased nicely - VERY HAPPY :) :toast: Good job Nvidia :toast:
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So is it finally safe to update my drivers from 186.18? (BTW those old drivers with newest physics and EVGA SLI enhancement patch are really nice)
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Excellent—my SLI scaling seems to have improved considerably in a few games. CoD4, MW2, and Battlefield BC2 are all running noticeably better.

I had no problem downloading the files.
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