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 1.0.9.1 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

#1
Cleorina
I got prob with this driver... the image dont look so good and blur... izit because this driver have prob in SLI... i did try all game, all show same prob... i try downgrade to 196.21 all are good with this driver....
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#2
DOM
drivers suck cant play GTA4 game freezes went back to the beta 196.34

using SLI
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#3
Bo$$
Lab Extraordinaire
well it increased my minimum FPS in dawn of war 2 by 7 FPS and MW2 seems smoother
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#4
AddSub
Even more of a boost for Crysis Warhead on SLI setups? I'm pretty sure somewhere between 191.xx and 195.xx I already got a massive boost in Crysis Warhead on my SLI. If this is another 30% on top of that, then that is pretty amazing.
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#5
Bo$$
Lab Extraordinaire
AddSub said:
Even more of a boost for Crysis Warhead on SLI setups? I'm pretty sure somewhere between 191.xx and 195.xx I already got a massive boost in Crysis Warhead on my SLI. If this is another 30% on top of that, then that is pretty amazing.
havent tried it with crysis warhead, but im liking this new set so far :toast:
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#6
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
so imo this driver has increased my performance...but im almost certain it puts some kind of enjoyment time limit on my games as they all like to C2D

/sarcasm
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#7
Hybrid_theory
Quote from a blizzard admin:

We're getting reports where users are getting intermittent low FPS after installing these drivers. It seems that it is related to the fan control included in these drivers not working correctly and is causing the video card to overheat on 3D applications. This will affect Warcraft 3, World of Warcraft and StarCraft 2 Beta. Please uninstall the drivers and revert back to the older ones.

Pretty big fail on nvidia there. here's the article: http://starcraft.incgamers.com/blog/comments/nvidia-19675-drivers-starcraft-ii-beta-rip-pc-graphic-cards
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#8
OnBoard
^^ again bugged fan control? Wasn't it the same thing end of last year peole coming here saying the drivers killed their card?

Not that I'm scared, Accelero does fine on the 40% too. Though the fan settings are in the bios and based on the core temp. So is it drivers reporting GPU temp wrong or some other family of cards.

edit: sorry for the big font, but this is pretty important
Don't use these drivers on G92 cards!
http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=161525
http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=161503
http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=161660

Most like all with that single slot stock cooling that run the card very hot to begin with. But seems to be a real issue. Have to test what these do with my card later.
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#9
OnBoard
Drivers now pulled from NVIDIA website. Latest is 196.21.

Tested my card, fan speeds up ok, though I have custom fan settings. Other than G92 cards having issues as well, but 9800GT cards are the ones mostly dead.
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#10
LifeOnMars
Um, just run a custom profile through EVGA precision or MSI Afterburner...no probs.
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#11
Bo$$
Lab Extraordinaire
OnBoard said:
Drivers now pulled from NVIDIA website. Latest is 196.21.

Tested my card, fan speeds up ok, though I have custom fan settings. Other than G92 cards having issues as well, but 9800GT cards are the ones mostly dead.
thanks for the heads up, im monitoring my temps and fan speed all seems normal at 38% and 80C
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#12
OneCool
Poor nvidia,they just cant get nothing right :shadedshu
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#13
LifeOnMars
I have actually noticed some slight artifacting with WOW and res Evil 5, even with a fan profile :( going to go back to older drivers and see how I fare, shame as my games were all running smooth.
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