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Nvidia Releases 181.71 Windows 7 Drivers

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 23 comments

Nvidia shows once again that it's on the ball with the Windows 7 beta, as the company just released new 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 beta drivers.  

The drivers offer international support for Geforce 8, 9, and 200-series DirectX 10 GPUs, and for GeForce 6 and 7-series DirectX 9 GPUs.  As stated, the update comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors, with both being WDDM compliant. Based off the 181 driver series, this weeks release is listed as version 181.71.   

Release highlights are as follows:

  • Installs WDDM v1.1 for GeForce 8, 9, and 200-series DirectX 10 GPUs.
  • Installs WDDM v1.0 for GeForce 6 and 7-series DirectX 9 GPUs.
  • Supports Direct3D, Direct2D, and DirectWrite.
  • Supports Nvidia CUDA - Compute Unified Device Architecture.
  • Supports Nvidia PhysX (this driver package automatically installs PhysX System Software version 9.09.0203 for all GeForce 8, 9, and 200-series GPUs).
  • Supports Nvidia SLI on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL applications.
If you're interested in giving these bad boys a shot you can grab the 32-bit version here, or the 64-bit version here.

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    scrumhalf , March 3, 2009 7:36 PM
    thedipperATI has had Windows7 drivers available for months now.

    So has Nvidia. Yay for everybody.
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    hop , March 3, 2009 6:57 PM
    Nice!
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    bustapr , March 3, 2009 7:03 PM
    Like most of the time, a head start over ati, but ati will throw some way better drivers when the time comes, and the slowly crumbling nvidia(lawsuits and cheap hd4800) will fall lower and lower.

    ATI rocks!!!!!

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    FrustratedRhino , March 3, 2009 7:05 PM
    Now if more companies did this for vista 90% of the REAL complaints of Vista wouldn't exist.

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    alvine , March 3, 2009 7:20 PM
    ati won this time with their good price vs performawnce ratio. im sorry but nvidia failed this time and idc how big fanboy of nvidia or ati you are but the red team won this time, and we as customes benefit the most ($150 4870 pl0x!)
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    thedipper , March 3, 2009 7:22 PM
    ATI has had Windows7 drivers available for months now.
  • 8 Hide
    scrumhalf , March 3, 2009 7:34 PM
    bustaprLike most of the time, a head start over ati, but ati will throw some way better drivers when the time comes, and the slowly crumbling nvidia(lawsuits and cheap hd4800) will fall lower and lower.ATI rocks!!!!!

    Fanboyism is getting old. History has shown that Nvidia usually has better drivers. By the time ATI writes better drivers, Nvidia will have updated theirs as well. Just because you have and love ATI cards (and they are great cards), doesn't mean you should wish for Nvidia to fail. All that will do is kill competition and stagnate progress. Please keep opinions out of factual matters.
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    scrumhalf , March 3, 2009 7:36 PM
    thedipperATI has had Windows7 drivers available for months now.

    So has Nvidia. Yay for everybody.
  • 1 Hide
    B-Unit , March 3, 2009 8:17 PM
    I was using the latest 181 release for Vista on the Win7 beta with no issues, but then Windows Update replaced them with 17x.xx something.

    O well, now I have legit 181 drivers.
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    thedipper , March 3, 2009 8:18 PM
    scrumhalfSo has Nvidia. Yay for everybody.


    Right, so why the hell is this news?

    Toms is a great place, I get my tech news from here, but news posts like this make me wonder why I even bother. You don't see Toms licking on ATI's bum every time they update their Win7 drivers.
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    jaragon13 , March 3, 2009 9:05 PM
    thedipperRight, so why the hell is this news? Toms is a great place, I get my tech news from here, but news posts like this make me wonder why I even bother. You don't see Toms licking on ATI's bum every time they update their Win7 drivers.

    Because these are official Windows 7 drivers,not Vista drivers that "work" with Windows 7 aswell.

    Assclown.
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    magicandy , March 3, 2009 9:17 PM
    jaragon13Because these are official Windows 7 drivers,not Vista drivers that "work" with Windows 7 aswell.Assclown.


    That still doesn't change the fact that Tom's caters to nvidia at every chance.....
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    grieve , March 3, 2009 9:38 PM
    NICE!

    Now we just need Windows 7 to be released :) 
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    ag3nt smith , March 3, 2009 9:46 PM
    Hooray! Windows 7 drivers! Perhaps nVidia should help the Vista people out and release updated drivers for us now. But in my raw opinion I think Vista and 7 should both be released in 64-bit ONLY. The end of 32-bit OSes, now we won't have to worry about memory restrictions for quite some time (128GB anyone?)
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    thedipper , March 3, 2009 10:07 PM
    magicandyThat still doesn't change the fact that Tom's caters to nvidia at every chance.....

    You call me an assclown, but the ATI drivers, released months ago, are also Win7 drivers.

    WDDM1.1, all the good bits.
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    thedipper , March 3, 2009 10:10 PM
    Sorry, quoted the wrong person.
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    radiowars , March 3, 2009 10:11 PM
    magicandyThat still doesn't change the fact that Tom's caters to nvidia at every chance.....

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-4870,1964.html
    Say what?
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    ravenware , March 3, 2009 10:15 PM
    bustaprLike most of the time, a head start over ati, but ati will throw some way better drivers when the time comes, and the slowly crumbling nvidia(lawsuits and cheap hd4800) will fall lower and lower.ATI rocks!!!!!


    Not sure that they need em. I used the vista drivers on win7 beta with my 4870 with no problems, while running crysis at max detail and fear2.
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    gorgerax , March 3, 2009 10:45 PM
    These new drivers solved a problem I was having under Win 7. The fan on my old 7600GT was running full tilt ALL the TIME! No more!
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    kato128 , March 4, 2009 2:17 AM
    Can't say there's been much ati/amd news aside from the new phenom 2's so its not like Tom's isn't reporting all the news. There just isn't any from the red corner.
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    Anonymous , March 4, 2009 5:52 AM
    is it driver only for desktop models? coz my notebook with GeForce 8400M GS refused to install.
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