Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Nvidia Will Unify Desktop, Laptop Drivers

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 29 comments

The 256 Series will put desktops and laptops on equal footing.

Electronista reports that Nvidia is working on a set of unified drivers for both the desktop and discrete notebook GPUs. Although the Verde driver program has been somewhat successful over the years, the upcoming 256 Series will change the rules by placing both platforms on equal footing, providing features and fixes to both at the same time. Previously, notebook users had to wait on OEMs to provide updated drivers, however this method meant lagged updates and delayed features already enjoyed on the desktop.

HotHardware adds that this will certainly benefit notebook owners, allowing them to use CUDA-enabled applications that weren't available before because pre-installed notebook drivers didn't enable CUDA. The site also reports that the upcoming 256 Series will also bring features such as ambient occlusion, compatibility updates, SLI profiles for many recent games, and 3D Vision support on compatible systems.

For consumers who plan on purchasing a 3D HDTV, the new driver suite will allow compatible notebooks to connect and display 3D multimedia content (using the glasses supplied with the HDTV). There was also mention that the 256 Series may make unplayable games function correctly thanks to performance enhancements in the Nvidia 197 series drivers (over the 17x / 18x series).

Although the 256 Series drivers will be unified, they won't come in the same installation package--desktop and notebook owners will still need to download their drivers separately, but in the same timeframe. Compatible notebooks will include discrete GPUs, those with Optimus-enabled systems, and hybrids featuring Nvidia IGPs. Notebooks with multi-vendor solutions--such as Intel graphics and Nvidia graphics in one machine--will not be compatible.

Display 29 Comments.
This thread is closed for comments
Top Comments
  • 17 Hide
    N.Broekhuijsen , April 27, 2010 7:42 PM
    why were they separated in the first place?
Other Comments
  • 17 Hide
    N.Broekhuijsen , April 27, 2010 7:42 PM
    why were they separated in the first place?
  • -2 Hide
    Bolbi , April 27, 2010 7:51 PM
    So, they're playing catch-up to ATI (who started this type of program with the March Catalyst 10.3 drivers).
  • 1 Hide
    Gin Fushicho , April 27, 2010 8:16 PM
    Finally.
  • 0 Hide
    nukemaster , April 27, 2010 8:17 PM
    proxy711Ya except nvidia drivers are 500% better, but yay go ATI you had a cool program for awhile instead of making your drivers better and updated more often.

    /|\FANBOY ALERT!!!/|\

    I use both and ATI at the start and up past SP1 for Vista had far better and more stable drivers(and more often releases way more often if you have a 8800GTX card and had to wait 9 months for a release to fix all the crashes because they where always releasing new drivers for the newer card). Now days, they are generally on the same level. I do not see a 500% difference anywhere....
  • 5 Hide
    mindless728 , April 27, 2010 8:24 PM
    Quote:
    Ya except nvidia drivers are 500% better, but yay go ATI you had a cool program for awhile instead of making your drivers better and updated more often.


    wow, i guess you have been living in a cave for a while now, since AMD bought ATI the drivers have been on par with each other (they each have had some slip ups)
  • 7 Hide
    nforce4max , April 27, 2010 8:30 PM
    Even though I don't own a notebook/laptop but I'll say this. About damn time!

    Linux drivers? pls
  • -2 Hide
    pratkal , April 27, 2010 8:41 PM
    proxy711Ya except nvidia drivers are 500% better, but yay go ATI you had a cool program for awhile instead of making your drivers better and updated more often.


    well nvidia driver are better then ati driver by 5% not 500%
  • -4 Hide
    IronRyan21 , April 27, 2010 8:44 PM
    Gin FushichoFinally.



    Why is the same argument used again and again? Same old nvidiot talking points, have you used ati, recently? Drivers are sound. Its like faulting microsoft still for lack of security in windows 95.......
  • -2 Hide
    Zoonie , April 27, 2010 8:55 PM
    Does this mean I don't have to wait for Sony to release an official gfx update for my Vaio? Cause they haven't updated it since launch, 2 years ago! I've been running laptop2go hacked drivers to get updates..
  • 0 Hide
    ipp , April 27, 2010 9:13 PM
    So how about older ones? 6 and 7 series Nvidia? My 7900GS on my 3 year old laptop still runs most games, getting a update there too?
  • 0 Hide
    Ciuy , April 27, 2010 9:34 PM
    so what ..............
  • 1 Hide
    Anonymous , April 27, 2010 9:51 PM
    Most of the desktop drivers already worked on laptops by just adding the device ID string to the inf file anyways.
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , April 27, 2010 10:04 PM
    Thanks for posting this Kevin. I was worried I'd rarely see new drivers for my 320M.
  • 1 Hide
    apache_lives , April 27, 2010 10:24 PM
    ippSo how about older ones? 6 and 7 series Nvidia? My 7900GS on my 3 year old laptop still runs most games, getting a update there too?


    You can force a desktop driver package onto it provided the original package supports the 7 series etc
  • 0 Hide
    apache_lives , April 27, 2010 10:26 PM
    the only difference between the desktop and laptop drivers is the list of supported devices listed as VEN_xxxx&DEV_xxxx&SUB etc which dictates wether your hardware is supported with by the driver or not

    about F%^% time they add a few lines in there drivers to actually add support for something, and btw apparently its the OEM's that make nvidia and ati do this - they want only there drivers to work and be supported etc apparently from what iv read.
  • 0 Hide
    rmmil978 , April 27, 2010 10:29 PM
    proxy711Ya except nvidia drivers are 500% better, but yay go ATI you had a cool program for awhile instead of making your drivers better and updated more often.


    500% better at cooking your graphics card.
  • -1 Hide
    spoofedpacket , April 27, 2010 10:42 PM
    I see this little thread is going to be dominated by terms like 'nvidiot'.

    Last time I checked sites like EA forums, both companies have an assortment of driver issues with fresh games.

    Ciuyso what ..............


    Do you need a bottle?
  • 0 Hide
    drowned , April 28, 2010 12:02 AM
    apache_livesYou can force a desktop driver package onto it provided the original package supports the 7 series etc


    Can't actually, if I try anything > 180 series on my 7150m I get BSODs. I really hope nvidia stretches back that far with these unified drivers, but I doubt it.
  • 0 Hide
    randomizer , April 28, 2010 1:37 AM
    http://www.laptopvideo2go.com
Display more comments