Tuesday, August 12th 2008

NVIDIA Releases 177.83 Forceware, Offers Powerpacks

Strategically timed, NVIDIA released a new Forceware driver package, version 177.83 Forceware. This package weighing nearly 120 MB packs the PhysX API runtime, and brings about a host of changes. With this release, NVIDIA devised what is known as a "Powerpack" approach to deliver software and promote sales of its products. NVIDIA is giving away several goodies for free that are exclusive to users of the GeForce accelerators, most of them being exclusive demos of games such as Nurein, Metal Knight Zero. Warmonger, the full game is given away as a free download. Other parts of this pack includes the GeForce Folding @ Home client, a 30-day fully functional trial of the Badaboom Video Transcoding software and Unreal Tournament 3 PhysX mod. Two technology demos are also included. Users can customise on what should download, in essence make their own Powerpacks from what's available, following which depending on the web-browser used, the page launches an ActiveX or Java based download manager to deliver the software.

The NVIDIA Powerpack web page can be reached here.
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80 Comments on NVIDIA Releases 177.83 Forceware, Offers Powerpacks

#1
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
Warmonger is pretty fun, but what the nurien tech demo, i downloaded it but i shut it off because i thought it was going to show some strippers dancing or something. And some of my family was in the room.lol
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#2
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CDdude55 said:
Warmonger is pretty fun, but what the nurien tech demo, i downloaded it but i shut it off because i thought it was going to show some strippers dancing or something. And some of my family was in the room.lol
LOL :laugh:

Its a fashion show .
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#3
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
wolf2009 said:
LOL :laugh:

Its a fashion show .
:eek:lol!. That good news, I thought i was going to have to uninstall it.

:laugh:
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#4
ntdouglas
btarunr said:
Even without a monitor connected to your second card, the "Extend desktop" option is available with Display Properties. Check that and you force your OS to believe there's another display head to send output to.
Ok, thats too easy. I thought I read nvidia is working on a "workaround" for vista.
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#5
OnBoard
8) The Great Kulu: Technology Demo
a. Install The_Great_Kulu_v1.1.2.exe
b. Launch The_Great_Kulu
c. Note: GPU PhysX acceleration is only enabled for GeForce GTX 280 and GeForce GTX 260 GPU in this demo

Does that mean for single GPU only? I'd think so or it kinda spoils the whole point of using a second GPU as s PPU. Or is it because of the native CUDA? Either way wish I'd read that before the download, as I have neither :)
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#6
johnspack
Had problems when I just installed the nvidia driver over top my old one. Had to uninstall the nvidia driver, then reinstall, no problems. The physx driver can be just installed over top the old one however. I should listen to my own advice- Always uninstall old video driver first....
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#7
AddSub
Wow, I got a 23.5% boost in Vantage with these new 177.83, compared to what I was getting with 177.41. Must be the PhysX stuff.
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#8
ShadowFold
I can run Warmonger and The Great Kulu fine on my 4850 :wtf:..
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#9
chron
installed on my 8800gt. UT3's two maps are ok. Tornado is kind of cool, it picks up peices of the map and throws it and shit. I couldn't find any servers online playing the physx maps, but i will say, these new drivers make ut3 feel VERY smooth.

ShadowFold said:
I can run Warmonger and The Great Kulu fine on my 4850 :wtf:..
lmfao ;)
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#10
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
Still have yet to try the UT 3 Mod. Warmonger is fun and is very easy to run.
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#11
ntdouglas
btarunr said:
Even without a monitor connected to your second card, the "Extend desktop" option is available with Display Properties. Check that and you force your OS to believe there's another display head to send output to.
I know I've seen it, but I can't find extend desktop option.
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#12
OnBoard
ntdouglas said:
I know I've seen it, but I can't find extend desktop option.
Right click desktop/Personalize/Display Settings/Click 2nd monitor and there it is below (grayed out on primary display).
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#13
..'Ant'..
These drivers are stable. Their keepers. :)
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#14
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Yup, these drivers are mint.
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#15
Wile E
Power User
Hmmm, working great on both XP and Vista x64 for me so far.
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#16
SK-1
I got a 25% increase in Vantage??? That is more of an increase than the last upgrade I did:twitch::eek:

Are they sacrificing quality for higher FPS? I mean how can a driver do this much?
Amazing. Has anyone done actual game comparisons yet?
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#17
AddSub
I didn't notice any image quality degradation, or improvements for that matter.

I did some quick benchmarks:

177.41 vs. 177.83

177.83 Results:

I ran each benchmark two times (I had limited time) under 177.83 and calculated average vs. averages that I got on 177.41.

Platform: EVGA GTX 260, Vista, Intel Quad + 4GB RAM

3DMark 2001: -2.2%
3DMark 2003: -1.4%
3DMark 2006: +0.6%
Vantage: +23.5%
Fur: +4.1%
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#19
Wile E
Power User
I frankly don't care how it goes about it. It makes a nice difference in supported games. I just got done playing a few missions in GRAW2, and the difference in explosions and particle effects is amazing.
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#20
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
TheLostSwede said:
How about some quick PPU vs GPU PhysX performance test
http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8859&Itemid=1
http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8862&Itemid=1
It seems like Nvidia isn't really using the GPU, but rather the CPU for most of the physics stuff... :mad:
I agree.

I was playing Tornado_Physx, and when the Tornado came it started to lag really bad. My GPU is a 8600 GTS but for some reason i knew it was my CPU was was making it lag. I would say that, that map really needs a Quad core CPU(im running a slow Core 2 Duo).

Sometime way later on, i will get a Q6700 or something.:)
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#21
mikey8684
Here's what I got in 3DMark Vantage running the default Performance settings.
<<<<< Check Specs

175.19 Drivers

3DMark Score
P6101
GPU Score
P5752
CPU Score
P7459


177.83 Drivers

3DMark Score
P7330
GPU Score
P5912
CPU Score
P26179

LOL GPU bottleneck anyone :P
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#22
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
TheLostSwede said:
How about some quick PPU vs GPU PhysX performance test
http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8859&Itemid=1
http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8862&Itemid=1
It seems like Nvidia isn't really using the GPU, but rather the CPU for most of the physics stuff... :mad:
No, it is just the FluidMark is very CPU dependant also, on top of being extremely buggy.

And when the CPU was fully loaded, the GPU still outscored the PPU, so what does that tell you? The GPU is still doing more PhysX calculations when the CPU is taken out of the equation than the PPU is.
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#23
Hayder_Master
i want to stay on some driver for more time , nvidia release driver every week , i think it will be this one
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#24
FilipM
Driver is really good, gives a boost in scores everywhere and seems to have stabilized my OC even better. Think this is a keeper, lol!
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#25
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
ShadowFold said:
I can run Warmonger and The Great Kulu fine on my 4850 :wtf:..
Just like most other PhysX games, you can run them without PhysX. So you can play them on your 4850 without issue, you just won't get the PhysX elements of the game.
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