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New Nvidia Beta Drivers Fixes Fan Issue

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 36 comments

Nvidia released a beta set of drivers that resolved the fan issue along with other improvements.

Wednesday Nvidia released a new set of beta drivers that supposedly resolves the fan speed issue caused by the previous 196.75 WHQL driver release. Listed as GeForce 197.13 beta, this new set also adds support for ION, GeForce GT 320, GeForce GT 330, and GeForce GT 340.

To download the beta drivers, head here. For more information on what these beta offers, here's the changelog:

  • Adds support for Next Generation ION.
  • Adds support for GeForce GT 320, GeForce GT 330, and GeForce GT 340.
  • Upgrades PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0129.
  • Upgrades HD Audio driver to version 1.0.9.1 (for supported GPUs).
  • Increases performance in several PC games from v196.21 WHQL. The following are examples of measured improvements. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:

        *  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.

  • Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for top new gaming titles including 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.
  • Enhanced SLI support for Metro 2033, Supreme Commander 2, Unigine, and World of Warcraft.
  • Adds override anti-aliasing support for Mass Effect 2.
  • Includes numerous bug fixes. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.
  • Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.
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    babybeluga , March 17, 2010 7:13 PM
    I hope these drivers are BETA than the last ones!

    Oh...
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    alvine , March 17, 2010 7:12 PM
    can someone confirm those new drivers will not kill my card?
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    Mousemonkey , March 17, 2010 7:29 PM
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    What about those of us who's cards got fried? My graphics card worked good for almost 3 years and a couple days after installing that driver it got some major problems. Nvidia should give me a new one!

    Have you tried asking them and if the answer is yes what was their response?
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  • 17 Hide
    alvine , March 17, 2010 7:12 PM
    can someone confirm those new drivers will not kill my card?
  • 21 Hide
    babybeluga , March 17, 2010 7:13 PM
    I hope these drivers are BETA than the last ones!

    Oh...
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    Anonymous , March 17, 2010 7:25 PM
    Will they cause gray-screens like ATI's?
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    logan87 , March 17, 2010 7:26 PM
    What about those of us who's cards got fried? My graphics card worked good for almost 3 years and a couple days after installing that driver it got some major problems. Nvidia should give me a new one!
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    Mousemonkey , March 17, 2010 7:29 PM
    Quote:
    What about those of us who's cards got fried? My graphics card worked good for almost 3 years and a couple days after installing that driver it got some major problems. Nvidia should give me a new one!

    Have you tried asking them and if the answer is yes what was their response?
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    logan87 , March 17, 2010 7:30 PM
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    Have you tried asking them and if the answer is yes what was their response?


    I had contacted EVGA with no response yet. I should contact Nvidia now.
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    Mousemonkey , March 17, 2010 7:42 PM
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    I had contacted EVGA with no response yet. I should contact Nvidia now.

    I for one would be interested in how it turns out, please keep us updated.
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    NapoleonDK , March 17, 2010 7:45 PM
    I've never seen the supposed (30% Left 4 Dead ect.) performance gains they mention every time they release new drivers. However, being able to force AA on Mass Effect 2 will be quite nice. (Insert rant about cruddy console ports)
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    saint19 , March 17, 2010 7:54 PM
    Is a beta driver, and something that I has learned in this years working and living with computers. A beta driver isn't the best option.
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    JohnnyLucky , March 17, 2010 7:55 PM
    Don't you just love all the fixes and patches. What really irritates me is when the fix leads to other problems.
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    MxM , March 17, 2010 7:56 PM
    mousemonkeyI for one would be interested in how it turns out, please keep us updated.

    I am sure that when you downloaded drivers from NVIDIA site, you would have to click "agree" somewhere where you agreed that the software is provided "as is" and NVIDIA is not responsible for possible damages. That's the standard practice :( 

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    mlopinto2k1 , March 17, 2010 8:05 PM
    NapoleonDKI've never seen the supposed (30% Left 4 Dead ect.) performance gains they mention every time they release new drivers. However, being able to force AA on Mass Effect 2 will be quite nice. (Insert rant about cruddy console ports)
    It has nothing to do with being a cruddy console port.
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    repairdrone , March 17, 2010 8:06 PM
    Why does Nvidia keep shooting itself in the foot? First the chips that would de-solder themselves, and now this? Wow, so much for R&D cash. No wonder there has really been NO new chip from them for ages, so much for the 6 month new product cycle.
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    Mousemonkey , March 17, 2010 8:07 PM
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    I am sure that when you downloaded drivers from NVIDIA site, you would have to click "agree" somewhere where you agreed that the software is provided "as is" and NVIDIA is not responsible for possible damages. That's the standard practice :( 

    I know this and you know this but it seems that others still feel that it somehow does not apply to them because they are above all that and should be treated differently.
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    Mousemonkey , March 17, 2010 8:11 PM
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    Why does Nvidia keep shooting itself in the foot? First the chips that would de-solder themselves, and now this? Wow, so much for R&D cash. No wonder there has really been NO new chip from them for ages, so much for the 6 month new product cycle.

    You do know that Nvidia don't make the actual cards just the CPU's and as such cannot be held responsible for the foul ups that the AIB's make?
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    meat81 , March 17, 2010 8:16 PM
    For those complaining, try dealing with ATI drivers... they are crap. At least Nvidia keeps the fixes comming and the bugs to a minimum.
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    Mousemonkey , March 17, 2010 8:46 PM
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    For those complaining, try dealing with ATI drivers... they are crap. At least Nvidia keeps the fixes comming and the bugs to a minimum.

    That's always been my stance and it seems to annoy the crap out of some people, I don't know why but it just does.
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    etrnl_frost , March 17, 2010 8:56 PM
    wait... adds support for SLI for GTAIV: Episodes from Liberty City. But not just core GTAIV?

    Or is that implied...
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    logan87 , March 17, 2010 9:11 PM
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    I am sure that when you downloaded drivers from NVIDIA site, you would have to click "agree" somewhere where you agreed that the software is provided "as is" and NVIDIA is not responsible for possible damages. That's the standard practice :( 


    Your right...but it's all good. Just put a new card in my computer and installing drivers as I'm typing this. Was a good reason to buy a new card!
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    matt87_50 , March 17, 2010 10:42 PM
    yeah... and no doubt breaks something else...
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