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Nvidia Bumps Windows 8 Beta Driver to Version 306.02

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Nvidia has released a new GeForce Beta driver for Windows 8. Version 306.02 adds support for the recently released GTX 660 Ti GPU, and TXAA film-style anti-aliasing to reduce temporal aliasing in games such as The Secret World.

Nvidia said that the new driver will increase the performance for the 400/500/600 GPU Series in "several PC games" when compared to the 301.42 driver. The release notes of the driver lists improvements for:

GeForce GTX 680:
Up to 18% in Batman: Arkham City
Up to 15% in Dragon Age II
Up to 10% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Up to 60% in Total War: Shogun 2 (fixes performance issue with latest game patch)

GeForce GTX 560:
Up to 14% in Batman: Arkham City
Up to 5% in Battlefield 3 with SLI
Up to 4% in Dragon Age II
Up to 8% in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings with SLI
Up to 7% in Lost Planet 2

Additionally, the driver updates numerous SLI game profiles, adds and updates 3D Vision profiles to games, fixes a surround sound issue after a new driver install, supports applications using CUDA 5, solves an intermittent vsync stuttering issue with GeForce GTX 600-series GPUs, as well as a problem "where some manufacturer's factory overclocked cards default to and run at lower clocks."

Also added are support for OpenGL 4.3 for GeForce 400-series and later GPUs, and DisplayPort 1.2 for GeForce GTX 600 series GPUs. Details of the new driver can be found in the release notes of the driver.

 

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    idroid , August 28, 2012 4:45 PM
    Wohoa! free performance
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    Cryio , August 28, 2012 5:04 PM
    The funny thing is....I usually wait like a 1+ until I play a game, so that all patches, DLCs and video driver updates fix the game up good. Being the (somewhat sad) owner of a 560Ti, I missed 14% performance increase. And in DirectX11, that's a divine gift. Oh well....
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    Cryio , August 28, 2012 5:05 PM
    1 year+. EDIT PLEASE.
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    LATTEH , August 28, 2012 5:07 PM
    So will i see performance increase in a 460?
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    killerclick , August 28, 2012 5:08 PM
    So Windows is up to 8 now? Nah, I like odd numbers for some reason.


    Cryio1 year+. EDIT PLEASE.


    Click the link 'Read the comments on the forums' and edit your message there.
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    noblerabbit , August 28, 2012 5:23 PM
    Windows 8 drivers? really? to draw squares and rectangles?
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    ekho , August 28, 2012 5:47 PM
    Hopefully AMD is also working on Drivers every single moment :) 
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    Anonymous , August 28, 2012 7:42 PM
    I use to be a big fan of nvidia cuda technology. love it the performance booster for iray and adobe premiere pro untill bat things happening with 3 of my quadro videocard. can someone tell me how to fix display driver nvidia windows kernel mode driver stopped responding problems? clean reformat. clean driver resetup. new power supply and new motherboard but nothing could solve this problem.
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    A Bad Day , August 28, 2012 9:11 PM
    ekhoHopefully AMD is also working on Drivers every single moment


    Especially for Pile-driver. Windows 7 and Bulldozer didn't play as nice as W7 with Intel.
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    walter87 , August 28, 2012 11:11 PM
    killerclickSo Windows is up to 8 now? Nah, I like odd numbers for some reason.Click the link 'Read the comments on the forums' and edit your message there.

    Thanks, I never knew how to edit posts either :) 
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    blazorthon , August 29, 2012 1:49 AM
    radeonnvoyI use to be a big fan of nvidia cuda technology. love it the performance booster for iray and adobe premiere pro untill bat things happening with 3 of my quadro videocard. can someone tell me how to fix display driver nvidia windows kernel mode driver stopped responding problems? clean reformat. clean driver resetup. new power supply and new motherboard but nothing could solve this problem.


    Try reusing older drivers that you used without problems previously.
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    deicided , August 29, 2012 6:00 AM
    Windows 8 is pretty swank. Running it at home, also got my new Gigabyte GTX670 OC edition and downloaded this driver last night. Playing GW2 with it with ambient occlusion enabled and all settings up on max and I'm loving it :)  plus the 8 second boots from loading screen to a usable desktop is epic.