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WHQL-certified GeForce 190.38 Drivers Out

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Nvidia has released its final build of the WHQL GeForce 190.38 drivers for all recent Windows platforms, including Windows 7.

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The big new feature in this driver release is power management features. As Nvidia describes in its release notes:

Many NVIDIA graphics cards support multiple performance levels so that the PC can save power when full graphics performance is not required. To provide more control over these power management capabilities, NVIDIA has added the Power Management Mode control. The control consists of two settings–Adaptive and Prefer Maximum Performance.

Adaptive: This is the default setting in which the graphics card monitors GPU usage and seamlessly switches between modes based on the performance demands of the application. This allows the GPU to always use the minimum amount of power required to run a given application, and can allow even older 3D games to run in lower power modes if the game does not require full 3D performance. NVIDIA recommends this setting for best overall balance of power and performance.

Prefer Maximum Performance: This setting lets you maintain the card at its maximum performance level when 3D applications are running regardless of GPU usage. This option can be set Globally (for all 3D applications), or an application profile can be created under Program Settings to set the preference for a particular 3D application.

Other new additions include expanded CUDA support, 64-bit video encoding, OpenGL 3.1 and a few more. Check out the full list of fixes and open issues for the appropriate release notes: Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.

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    nukemaster , July 21, 2009 10:01 PM
    Good job Nvidia. time to test this bad boy out and see the power savings.
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    neon neophyte , July 21, 2009 10:05 PM
    New in Release 190.38

    * Adds support for OpenGL 3.1
    * Adds support for CUDA 2.3 for improved performance in GPU Computing applications. See CUDA Zone for more details.
    * Adds a new user-controlled power management setting for select GeForce 9-series and later graphics cards (cards must already support more than one power state). This option allows users to set a performance level for each DirectX or OpenGL application.
    * Includes several new control panel features and numerous bug fixes. More information can be found in the release documentation.
    * Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.

    http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
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    Kithzaru , July 21, 2009 10:09 PM
    Will this release improve frames or performance at all? I would assume it would up to a point...

    ... anyone running into stability issues or anything?
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    jerreece , July 21, 2009 10:18 PM
    Nice. I just downloaded their 186 driver the other night but haven't installed it yet. Was still using the Beta 185 for Win 7 64bit (which has been fine).

    Will have to give this latest one a try tonight. :) 
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    neon neophyte , July 21, 2009 10:24 PM
    oddly enough, my drivers wont even install. sits in the install for awhile, then tells me that nothing in the system has been changed.

    *shrug* ill play around with it later.
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    Gin Fushicho , July 21, 2009 11:19 PM
    FINALLY! Maybe Windows 7 will stop crashing because of graphics driver issues now. xD
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    apache_lives , July 21, 2009 11:58 PM
    power saving that *works* ???
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    doomtomb , July 22, 2009 12:45 AM
    The 186.18 drivers have been working for me but all previous drivers screwed me over. I hope this 190.38 works but I think I'll wait to hear more about how it actually does.
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    marokero , July 22, 2009 2:35 AM
    I was having some graphic corruption and computer freezes when playing SF4, using 186.18. I tried the 190.38 when still in beta and no more problems. Insignificant improvements in SF4 benchmark, but at least the game doesn't freeze my computer anymore.
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    omnimodis78 , July 22, 2009 3:02 AM
    marokeroI was having some graphic corruption and computer freezes when playing SF4, using 186.18. I tried the 190.38 when still in beta and no more problems. Insignificant improvements in SF4 benchmark, but at least the game doesn't freeze my computer anymore.


    What is SF4 - are you so pressed for time you can't write out the full title of a game? Yes, I could simply google it or just think a little harder and figure it out but seriously...GRRRRR! Ok, I feel much better now. :) 
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    PLATTERMAN , July 22, 2009 3:38 AM
    182.50 works for me the one that followed 182.50 said i had Vista 64bit so it would not install. I do have Vista 32bit. I hope this one works.
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    marokero , July 22, 2009 6:46 AM
    omnimodis78What is SF4 - are you so pressed for time you can't write out the full title of a game? Yes, I could simply google it or just think a little harder and figure it out but seriously...GRRRRR! Ok, I feel much better now.


    SF4 = Street Fighter 4. No stress :p 
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    bildo123 , July 22, 2009 4:10 PM
    apache_livespower saving that *works* ???


    I'm not sure if this is doable on Nvidia cards, but for my 4870 I use ATI Tray Tools in an awesome way. I use the 'auto overclock' feature with two profiles. I have my 'desktop' profile which is undervolted and heavily underclocked, I believe something like 350/400. Combined with the undervolt it eats much less juice (according to GPU-Z). It auto detects when I open a game and switches to my 'OC' profile, plays a little chime, and when I exit it goes back to 'desktop' and plays a little chime. Also you can add specific programs to be excluded that don't need it, like Diablo 2 or any older game.
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    spanner_razor , July 22, 2009 4:14 PM
    I did just install the previous driver but hey I guess it's not too big a deal, it's not like ATI drivers where an uninstall then install is a necessity. (My x1950 pro kinda put me off as it ran way too hot - always go for a better cooler now).
    I'm curious whether the adaptive and maximum power states will affect 3rd party manufacturer programs. My Gigabyte Zalman 8800gt oc uses the gamer hud for this very purpose and overclocks better than the existing nvidia tools as it supports the card's voltage setting. Would the nvidia drivers override those settings?
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    spanner_razor , July 22, 2009 4:16 PM
    Oh yes also English (UK) users, there's no point getting the international version just get the US version, it's smaller and installs just the same. Admittedly if you have a good connection it's fairly small difference but could be of some help to a capped connection watching the MBs.
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    spanner_razor , July 22, 2009 8:32 PM
    Well my comment still stands but it's not relevant for me as my card doesn't support the nvidia feature. Though given that if you overclock using gamerhud you have to disable the clock speed management feature I would think that as long as you set the maximum clock in gamerhud then enabled the clock down feature in the nvidia control panel it shoul work fine.
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    Anonymous , July 23, 2009 7:54 AM
    farcr 2 not run with nvidia 190.38 drive.... can anyone help
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    anamaniac , July 23, 2009 8:33 AM
    Cool.

    The only reason I prefer Nvidia over ATi is:
    a) Better UI. The ATi UI is absolute shit.
    b) EVGA GTX 295 hydrocopper. Though Saphhire did produce a single card 2GB 4870...
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    nicklasd87 , July 23, 2009 12:40 PM
    Nvidia really improved the driver install process. There was no reboot required after installing this driver, and it actually deleted the temporary files instead of keeping them in your c:\nvidia folder. Not to mention Street Fighter 4 actually works now. I ran into that dreaded nvlddmkm issue before I updated the driver...haven't seen that since the 8800gtx, I now have an Asus GTX280
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    captaintaco , July 24, 2009 6:16 PM
    Ever since the 190.38 install my driver has been crashing in game, error message "The Display driver stopped working, windows has recovered from this error" or something along those lines. Running Vista 64, 2 GTX285's in SLI. Gonna try rolling back to the 186 whql.
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