Back in August, Many rumor sites noted that Nvidia’s ForceWare 180 drivers will introduce several major changes.
The 180 ForceWare release has been dubbed the release as “Big Bang II” in reference to the “Big Bang” release that introduced SLI support.
According to the rumors, the drivers were to make an appearance in September, however that is obviously not the case now. BUT, VR-Zone has posted a bunch of screenshots, apparently showing the ForceWare 180 driver control panel in action. You can view VR-Zone’s gallery here.
We all know that screenshots are easy to fake, but these ones at VR-Zone appear to be authentic. On a system containing dual GeForce GTX 280 cards and a pair of 22” displays, the drivers provide two novel options – A PhysX configuration page and settings for multiple displays in SLI mode. Currently, PhysX options reside in a separate control panel application, and enabling SLI involves the user manually switching to single-display mode. Essentially, there is no true SLI multi-monitor support. The multi-monitor section of the ForceWare 180 control panel shows what appears to be both dual-view and cloning modes.
You can see a warning on the control panel that says “Cloning the SLI focus display will reduce performance for fullscreen applications.”
There have been no new rumored release dates as of current, but some people believe it is going to be very soon.