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Nvidia Releases New GeForce 326.80 Drivers

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 31 comments

Get 'em while they're hot, folks.

Nvidia this week released a new 326.80 Game Ready driver, which the company is touting for a better experience in Splinter Cell: Blacklist and a variety of other games. Nvidia is also recommending it as an update for WIndows 8.1 Preview.

The GeForce R326 drivers increase performance by up to 19% for GeForce 400/500/600/700 series GPUs in several PC games compared to the GeForce 320.49 WHQL-certified drivers. Though results will vary depending on your graphics card and system, Nvidia offers the following as an example of measured gains:

GeForce GTX 770:

  • Up to 15% in Dirt: Showdown
  • Up to 6% in Tomb Raider

GeForce GTX 770 SLI:

  • Up to 19% in Dirt: Showdown
  • Up to 11% in F1 2012

SLI Technology

  • Added SLI profile for Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  • Added SLI profile for Batman: Arkham Origins

SHIELD

  • Enables GeForce to SHIELD streaming.

4K Displays

  • Adds support for additional tiled 4K displays
  • Extended support for tiled 4K features

You can download the new GeForce 326.80 drivers on www.geforce.com.

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    MichaelC4 , August 22, 2013 6:29 AM
    As with all nVidia graphics drivers, I wait a week or two before installing them. Anyone remember the driver that screwed with the cards fan?
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    whimseh , August 22, 2013 6:31 AM
    I still have 314.22 driver, it's the only recent stable one.
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    renz496 , August 22, 2013 6:36 AM
    Quote:
    As with all nVidia graphics drivers, I wait a week or two before installing them. Anyone remember the driver that screwed with the cards fan?


    i think many would remember that :D  . i never use it though since i was a bit lazy to upgrade my driver when it actually comes out. but even if i ended with the driver it will not going to harm my gpu back then since my gpu were using passive cooler from the start
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    renz496 , August 22, 2013 6:38 AM
    currently i'm using this driver. so far everything is good.
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    doron , August 22, 2013 7:13 AM
    if cardname == gtx770
    run newer script
    else if cardname == gtx680
    run older script

    any improvement is great, but it looks like a cheap move
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    ojas , August 22, 2013 7:16 AM
    These are still BETA. Article should mention that in the headline. Or anywhere. Somewhere.
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    tburns1 , August 22, 2013 7:36 AM
    Anyone ever wonder if these driver tweaks for specific games actually kills performance on other games? If possible (maybe too many games to test) testers should use the games nVidia/AMD tout as having better performance and see if it's true, but then they should also test older popular/problematic games to see if they lost ground. Would these tweaks kill "Rage" performance, for example? Or how about the ever-popular bad joke of "it playing Crysis"?
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    deftonian , August 22, 2013 7:37 AM
    Still no ShadowPlay? Damn... way to tease me with a release date and then not deliver... for months ongoing.
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    renz496 , August 22, 2013 7:37 AM
    Quote:
    These are still BETA. Article should mention that in the headline. Or anywhere. Somewhere.


    does WHQL and BETA really that matter? idk why some people refusing beta drivers. maybe the word beta sway people away but from my personal experience there are times when things go wrong even with WHQL driver. in nvidia case some problem in that arise might be fix in a week or two then release as beta drivers. why not using the beta drivers if it actually fix the problem?
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    RooD , August 22, 2013 7:43 AM
    Will it fix the constant freezing, artifacts and crashing of my 780gtx...
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    soccerplayer88 , August 22, 2013 7:59 AM
    @whimseh

    I'm in the same boat. Still running with the 314.22 for my GTX 680. Anything 320.xx and above has given me a ton of issues. Plus I don't really care for the "GeForce Experience". Seems bulky when I just use my Nvidia Inspector instead.
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    booyaah , August 22, 2013 8:19 AM
    What I'm looking for in the next driver release:

    Changelog:
    - 4K displays have now dropped to $499.
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    SchizoFrog , August 22, 2013 8:55 AM
    Do new drivers make any difference to older cards such as a 9600GT? It's been so long that I have forgotten. :) 
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    hakesterman , August 22, 2013 10:59 AM
    I have not been impressed with any of their driver updates since i bought my card. I have the Original driver installed. Everytime i try a new driver it causes all kinds of different issues with my PC. Makes my mouse curser come and go, makes my browser crash constantly, and so on and so on. They don't have a stinkin clue.
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    Grandmastersexsay , August 22, 2013 12:52 PM
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    Will it fix the constant freezing, artifacts and crashing of my 780gtx...


    It's supposed to.

    https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/549618/geforce-700-600-series/gtx-780-freezing-and-stuttering-after-about-2-days-on-/1
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    John Bauer , August 22, 2013 6:37 PM
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    I still have 314.22 driver, it's the only recent stable one.


    As far as I've tested, it's the most recent driver that doesn't have GTA IV crash every 5 minutes.
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    agnickolov , August 22, 2013 10:12 PM
    Personally I'm still running with 310.90 drivers on my 560Ti. Both 314.22 and 320.18 caused problems on my system.
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    Mousemonkey , August 23, 2013 4:44 AM
    No issues with this driver and SLi'd 660Ti's in my corner of the internet.
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    Seladon , August 23, 2013 9:15 AM
    I'm going to test this on the PC that I'm currently using, before I use it on my high end new one, just to make sure
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    DataStormNL , August 24, 2013 1:04 PM
    Should not "announce" beta version of drivers, really. And IF, it should CLEARLY denote that in the article's header.
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