Thursday, January 1st 2009

Forceware 185.20 Beta Leaked

In the wake of the new year, NVIDIA's GeForce Forceware drivers have surfaced. While being in a beta stage the 185.20 Forceware provide support for NVIDIA's upcoming products namely the GeForce GTX 295 and GeForce GTX 285. It also introduces ambient occlusion as a standard feature-set to enhance lighting effects, and reflections impacting on the realism. All other GPUs GeForce 6 Series onward are supported as usual. The driver is dated for 12-26-2008. The package includes PhysX system software version 8.11.18. Drivers for both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows XP can be downloaded from the links below. Be cautioned the drivers are unsigned beta versions, the use of which isn't covered by any warranty.

DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA Forceware 185.20 beta for Windows XP (32bit) | Windows Vista (32bit) | Windows XP (64bit) | Windows Vista (64bit)Sources: XFastest, TechConnect Magazine
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44 Comments on Forceware 185.20 Beta Leaked

#1
kid41212003
alexp999 said:
Can someone else check this, but I cannot change any of the Program Specific Settings on the Nvidia control Panel with these drivers. I'm on Vista x64.
Global settings work fine, but I cant change Program-Specifics, the drop down are empty!
:wtf:
Uncheck the "Only show installed programs" box.
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#2
D007
111 mb.. didn't expect that.
guess it's due to the physx being in there as well..

I'll be trying it in a bit on mass effect see how it runs.
I had to stop playing gta 4 because of the 180.84 drivers..
destroyed my ps3 controller.

game sucked anyway..lol..
But I'm only one scene from beating it, so might as well..
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#3
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
The Laptopvideo2go versions are only ~87MB with the PhysX.
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#4
D007
EDIT: figures I spoke to soon..This thing decided to change my native res to like 1700 x 1000 or some crap..
It's not overscanning..
it's just changing the res to fit..
how annoying..

It might be worthwhile though...
As long as it keeps my games at 1920x1080 I'll be happy.
lower res on the desktop would just increase performance anyway..
but the problem I always had was.
when I go from any other res up to 1920x1080 it tends to blow the overscan.
So I get into a game.. and the transition to 1920x1080 ends up having the screen be cut off from some glitch.

EDIT:
ruins my game resolutions.. I loose picture from all sides..
left, right, top and bottom are cut off when I use this overscan..
great.. some other crap I get to look forward to nvidia screwing me with down the road.
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#6
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
OnBoard said:
Performance test between:

177.34, 178.24, 180.48, 180.98 and these 185.20

http://www.hardware-infos.com/tests.php?test=52

Google translated:
http://66.102.9.104/translate_c?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://www.hardware-infos.com/tests.php%3Ftest%3D52%26seite%3D1&usg=ALkJrhj-tNkUmVHrpUs40uQ2l6-lcWJDJQ

Seems I really should jump back to 180 era, free speed (without OC) if i can Battlefield working right with them.
No 181.00 tests :(?

Anyway, it seems these 185.20 drivers offer a decent performance boost over the older 180/181 drivers.
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#7
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
The links in the OP died because TooManyDownloads seems to have removed it. As soon as one of our downloads staff comes online, I'll have them uploaded to our servers. Meanwhile I've used alternative links thanks to newtekie1.
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#8
OnBoard
newtekie1 said:
No 181.00 tests :(?

Anyway, it seems these 185.20 drivers offer a decent performance boost over the older 180/181 drivers.
Doubt there is any performance difference with 180.98 vs. 181.00 :)

Not the most stable drivers, people are reporting crashes on another forum. Well they are fast beta drivers, can't be perfect in all areas.
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#9
eidairaman1
OnBoard said:
Doubt there is any performance difference with 180.98 vs. 181.00 :)

Not the most stable drivers, people are reporting crashes on another forum. Well they are fast beta drivers, can't be perfect in all areas.
but they should be, as what most People Are Claiming NV Drivers have over AMD is Stability?
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#10
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
The files are now hosted by our servers, updated the links.
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#11
alexp999
Staff
These gave me a score of 12107 on Vista SP1 x64 in 3dmark Vantage (a boost of over 250 on 180.xx drivers) and they give a score of 12120 on Windows 7 (Build 7000) x86.
So I have to say, these seem like some excellent drivers! Nice one NV :rockout:
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#13
alexp999
Staff
EastCoasthandle said:
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Well they seem great to me, and how do they know NVIDIA doesnt think they are ready...?
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#14
Valdez
alexp999 said:
Well they seem great to me, and how do they know NVIDIA doesnt think they are ready...?
Because it is beta?
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#15
puma99dk|
Binge said:


Please no fanboyisms here... keep these kind of threads unbiased.
whos is this or what game is she from Binge???


some Beta drivers works about 99,9 propperly even if then ain't are meant to be released before time, but hey it's your own choose to download, install them and use them:)
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#16
eidairaman1
Valdez said:
Because it is beta?
because they are Alpha
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#17
D007
beta is iffy.. alpha..lol..
no thanks..
I'll stay on the 175 drivers...
stuck using these with mass effect XD..
otherwise it's the 180.48..
the .84's are screwey for anything but GTA4.
They better fix that overscan crap though.
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#18
Hayder_Master
Millenia said:
Damn; just as I sold my 8800GT and bought a 4870 >_>

Can anybody with these drivers post a screenshot of the SSAO in action, I'd like to see how well it works + the impact on performance
me too :toast:
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#19
erocker
No problems to report with these yet. The one nuance was a wierd resolution upon booting with these drivers, changed it to 1920x1200 and it's been fine since.
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