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Big bang WHQL is here

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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2008 2:09:35 PM

GeForce Release 180.48

This is a WHQL-certified driver for GeForce 200-series, 9-series, and 8800-series desktop GPUs.

Exciting New Features:

Enables NVIDIA SLI technology on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards with the following GPUs: GeForce GTX 280, GeForce GTX 260, GeForce 9800 GX2, GeForce 9800 GTX+, and GeForce 9800 GTX. Learn more here.
Enables NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. Learn more here. (Note: GPU PhysX is supported on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory. This driver package automatically installs PhysX System Software version 8.10.13).

Blazing Fast Performance:

Boosts performance in numerous 3D applications. The following are some examples of improvements measured with Release 180 WHQL drivers vs. Release 178 WHQL drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
Up to 10% performance increase in 3DMark Vantage (performance preset)
Up to 13% performance increase in Assassin's Creed
Up to 13% performance increase in BioShock
Up to 15% performance increase in Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
Up to 10% performance increase in Crysis Warhead
Up to 25% performance increase in Devil May Cry 4
Up to 38% performance increase in Far Cry 2
Up to 18% performance increase in Race Driver: GRID
Up to 80% performance increase in Lost Planet: Colonies
Up to 18% performance increase in World of Conflict

And More:

Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology* on DirectX 9 and OpenGL.
Supports CUDA.
Supports Folding@home distributing computing application. Download the high performance client for NVIDIA GPUs here and join the NVIDIA team: #131015.
Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
Includes numerous 3D application compatibility fixes. Please read the release notes for more information on product support, features, driver fixes and known compatibility issues.
Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.

*Note: The following SLI features are only supported on Windows Vista: Quad SLI technology using GeForce 9800 GX2, 3-way SLI technology, Hybrid SLI, and SLI multi-monitor support.
GeForce GTX 280
GeForce GTX 260
GeForce 9800 GX2
GeForce 9800 GTX+
GeForce 9800 GTX
GeForce 9800 GT
GeForce 9600 GT
GeForce 9600 GSO
GeForce 9500 GT
GeForce 9500 GS
GeForce 9400 GT
GeForce 9400
GeForce 9300
GeForce 9200
GeForce 8800 Ultra
GeForce 8800 GTX
GeForce 8800 GTS 512
GeForce 8800 GTS
GeForce 8800 GT
GeForce 8800 GS
November 19, 2008 2:17:53 PM

Up to 80 percent improvements ? What are they giving us overclocked drivers ?
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November 19, 2008 2:19:13 PM

cyber_jockey said:
Up to 80 percent improvements ? What are they giving us overclocked drivers ?


Key words are "up to." :whistle: 
November 19, 2008 3:41:36 PM

Looks like Nvidia has picked up some lost ground suffered by the 178 WHQL drivers.
November 19, 2008 9:04:25 PM

cyber_jockey said:
Up to 80 percent improvements ? What are they giving us overclocked drivers ?


Only on Lost Planet. In other words its insignificant.
November 19, 2008 9:28:25 PM

spathotan said:
Only on Lost Planet. In other words its insignificant.


...unless you play Lost Planet. :na: 
November 19, 2008 9:36:54 PM

dagger said:
...unless you play Lost Planet. :na: 



People play Lost Planet?
a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2008 9:53:46 PM

I would, but NASA cant seem to find it
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