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New Nvidia Drivers Improve Performance in RAGE, BF3

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New drivers provided by Nvidia are optimized for RAGE, Battlefield 3 and the new Batman title, Arkham City.

Monday Nvidia announced the release of its new GeForce 285.62 WHQL drivers that reportedly offer performance improvements in Battlefield 3, RAGE and Batman: Arkham City. The new drivers also bundle together all the enhancements and updates contained within the 285.27 and 285.38 beta releases, in addition to new SLI and 3D Vision profiles for many of today’s most popular games.

"For Battlefield 3 we’ve improved performance by up to 11-percent since the release of the GeForce 285.38 beta drivers, have included several compatibility enhancements, a new and improved SLI profile, and a 3D Vision profile," the company said. "Similarly, RAGE has received enhancements since the release of the same drivers, and Batman: Arkham City compatibility has been implemented."

In addition to a long list of improvements, Nvidia said that the driver timeouts experienced with the R285 beta drivers have been fixed, and that World of Warcraft players using an SLI system will no longer experience a flickering death. On Optimus notebooks, a Halo 2 crash has been rectified, as has an audio error that occurred when switching between 1080p and 480p resolutions.

"Updates contained within the earlier beta drivers have been carried over, such as the many performance improvements made to games --between the release of the 280.26 WHQL drivers and today’s 285.62 WHQL drivers-- when running on our entire range of 500-Series graphics cards," Nvidia said.

Gamers using a GeForce GTX 580 should see a 13-percent performance boost in Metro 2033, 8-percent in STALKER: Call of Pripyat, 7-percent in Civilization V, 5-percent in Crysis 2 with the DirectX 11 Ultra Update enabled, and more. GeForce GTX 560 users should see a 11-percent performance jump in STALKER but a mere 7-percent boost in Metro 2033.

To see Nvidia's long list of performance gains, head here.

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    bennaye , October 25, 2011 4:22 AM
    It's too late for Rage now, after that *disastrous* release. But I'm for anything that makes BF3 look even shmexier/perform better.
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    bennaye , October 25, 2011 4:22 AM
    It's too late for Rage now, after that *disastrous* release. But I'm for anything that makes BF3 look even shmexier/perform better.
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    mayankleoboy1 , October 25, 2011 4:56 AM
    Quote:
    New Nvidia Drivers Improve Performance in RAGE, BF3


    Quote:
    Monday Nvidia announced the release of its new GeForce 285.62 WHQL drivers that reportedly offer performance improvements in Battlefield 3, RAGE and Batman: Arkham City.


    Misleading headlines.
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    de5_Roy , October 25, 2011 5:17 AM
    i wish amd also released driver updates that didn't screw up gaming.
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    alidan , October 25, 2011 5:54 AM
    lets hope they have web acceleration for battle field 3
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    andy5174 , October 25, 2011 5:56 AM
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    we’ve improved performance by up to 11-percent since the release of the GeForce 285.38 beta drivers

    We are much more interested in minimum performance gain in fps.
    Quote:
    Gamers using a GeForce GTX 580 should see a 13-percent performance boost in Metro 2033, 8-percent in STALKER: Call of Pripyat, 7-percent in Civilization V, 5-percent in Crysis 2 with the DirectX 11 Ultra Update enabled, and more. GeForce GTX 560 users should see a 11-percent performance jump in STALKER but a mere 7-percent boost in Metro 2033.

    What about the most popular cards, such as, GTX 460?

    Please provide useful information when you were to announce such a performance improvement, nVidia.
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    jdwii , October 25, 2011 6:00 AM
    Not bad i'm some what proud of Nvidia for fixing a issue in a game that people don't really talk about anymore.(halo 2)
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    beavermml , October 25, 2011 6:05 AM
    1st month = metro 2033 25fps
    2nd month ( +10% perfomance ) = metro 2033 27fps
    3rd month ( +10% perfomance ) = metro 29-30fps
    and so on....


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    Anonymous , October 25, 2011 6:30 AM
    Only a day after AMD!
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    razor512 , October 25, 2011 6:43 AM
    It would be great if tomshardware could do a test of the newer drivers using a GTX 560, GTX 460, GTX 260, and GTX 9800

    The focus of the test will be to see if performance boost listed for newer cards will also translate to performance boost for older cards.

    This information currently is non existent or very hard to find.
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    ojas , October 25, 2011 8:04 AM
    their servers were down last night...must have been overloaded by so many ppl wanting to play BF3...(like me)...
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    verbalizer , October 25, 2011 11:56 AM
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    Gamers using a GeForce GTX 580 should see a 13-percent performance boost in Metro 2033


    @1080p, DX11 everything on, no physX.....that's like ? 3fps :pt1cable: 

    stop hating because I remember when you wanted to swap your HD 6950 for a GTX 560
    a few months ago...
    try running a game with the 'eye-candy' PhysX enabled with that Radeon card.
    watch those frames drop then...:D 

    me personally run SLi GTX 460 Hawks @ 3840 x 1024 landscape resolution.
    wicked...
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    verbalizer , October 25, 2011 12:17 PM
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    well, if you could find me someone to buy my 6950 in Malaysia at about maybe 750MYR, I would be more than willing to run a 7300GS until 28nm GPUs come out :sarcastic: 

    :lol: 
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    beardguy , October 25, 2011 12:58 PM
    Wish I would have went with an Nvidia card now :( 

    ATI is good, but there is no question Nvidia has better drivers. The ATI driver interface looks like something from the early 90's. Everything is hidden under some clunky menu, if it even works.

    Not hating on ATI, but as a guy who used Nvidia for close to 10 years and then switched, I think Nvidia has superior driver software.
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    igot1forya , October 25, 2011 1:29 PM
    Kevin ParrishWorld of Warcraft players using an SLI system will no longer experience a flickering death.

    It's nice that issues were addressed, but why would anyone enable SLI for WoW it's about as taxing on a graphics subsystem as Tetris?
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    warezme , October 25, 2011 1:34 PM
    My machine went from not being able to play Rage in 3 screen mode at 5760x1080 (i7 3.8Ghz, 3 23" 120hz monitors, GTX590), without screen flashing, texture popping and eventually crashing with abysmal frame rates, to now with new driver at full resolution, no flashing, no texture popping and incredibly fast with no lag whatsoever and what looks like very high texture mode. Now that is what I expected in the beginning.

    To bad I already finished the game at a measly 1920x1080 and I am no longer interested in it.
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    upgrade_1977 , October 25, 2011 2:13 PM
    ojastheir servers were down last night...must have been overloaded by so many ppl wanting to play BF3...(like me)...

    Yeah, I couldn't get on this morning either.. :( 
    Single player is pretty cool though.. Want to try coop
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    MxM , October 25, 2011 2:21 PM
    Igot1foryaIt's nice that issues were addressed, but why would anyone enable SLI for WoW it's about as taxing on a graphics subsystem as Tetris?

    I think you have not played WoW for quite some time. The new patches and zones (and I mean relatively new, not even latest expansion new), do tax the graphical system at high resolutions, longest view ranges and so on.
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    verbalizer , October 25, 2011 2:35 PM
    nVidia drivers 280.26 were quite an improvement over 275.33.
    I want to compare them with these myself.
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    reggieray , October 25, 2011 2:53 PM
    13-percent performance boost in Metro 2033, Metro Sucked, now the openness of STALKER was nice.
    RAGE should be fun but after it hits the bargain bin. Will pay full price for SkyRim if it does not have issues at release like RAGE had.
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    Anonymous , October 25, 2011 5:05 PM
    This is misinformation nvidia posted 580 sli and 560 sli. Tom's is messing things up. About that 8150 review, fix it, the motherboard they used is broke with bullbozer. Also use real ram, 300$ chip 200+$ motherboard and you skimp 20$ on ram. I call fraud!!!!!
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