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Nvidia Unleashes 'Release 256' Graphics Drivers

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 57 comments

These will make your Fermi even faster.

Nvidia this week introduced the Release 256 family of its drivers. Nvidia marks this as a revolutionary release that should bring both new features and some pretty significant performance boosts.

Those with Fermi-based GPUs will get some better performance in games. Check the graph below to see what sort of gains Nvidia is talking about.

Aside from that, the Release 256 drivers also bring:

  • Blu-ray 3D
  • New Visual Quality Modes
  • New Multi-GPU Setup Controls
  • CUDA 3.1
  • OpenGL 4.0

Check out the Nvidia blog post for the full details.

Version 257.15 beta can be downloaded here for GeForce and ION GPUs (a WHQL-certified version is planned for early June). 

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    duckmanx88 , May 26, 2010 12:19 PM
    AsianJetlagYawn.GTX480 are all out of stock at $500, you have to pay at least a $50 premium for one.In which case, a $600 Radeon 5970 still rapes the f**k out of the GTX480.


    in what imaginary world do you live in that you've found 5970's for 600?
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    d-block , May 26, 2010 12:17 PM
    Fermi is available from multiple stores. Pretty easy to find one for $500.
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    webbwbb , May 26, 2010 1:25 PM
    AsianJetlagYawn.GTX480 are all out of stock at $500, you have to pay at least a $50 premium for one.In which case, a $600 Radeon 5970 still rapes the f**k out of the GTX480.


    Actually every model of gtx480 is in stock on newegg for $500 and HD5970s cost $700 to $750.
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    nforce4max , May 26, 2010 11:35 AM
    Took long enough but funny that the first Geforce was a 256.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c1/KL_NVIDIA_Geforce_256.jpg
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    AsianJetlag , May 26, 2010 11:35 AM
    Yawn.

    GTX480 are all out of stock at $500, you have to pay at least a $50 premium for one.

    In which case, a $600 Radeon 5970 still rapes the f**k out of the GTX480.
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    Regulas , May 26, 2010 11:50 AM
    Cool my XFX GTX 285 will like it but I will wait for the WHQL driver, they are buggy enough even certified to not want the beta. That goes for ATI too.
    And to the above post, man these cards are getting pricey, I thought $300 was over the top.
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    ksa-_-jed , May 26, 2010 11:51 AM

    I wish they do something about the heat that is the real problem with the GTX480
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    back_by_demand , May 26, 2010 12:09 PM
    ksa-_-jedI wish they do something about the heat that is the real problem with the GTX480

    It's not a problem, it's a feature!
    There is an OC version planned called the "Aga Edition"
    As well as playing games it can heat your home
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    d-block , May 26, 2010 12:17 PM
    Fermi is available from multiple stores. Pretty easy to find one for $500.
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    duckmanx88 , May 26, 2010 12:19 PM
    AsianJetlagYawn.GTX480 are all out of stock at $500, you have to pay at least a $50 premium for one.In which case, a $600 Radeon 5970 still rapes the f**k out of the GTX480.


    in what imaginary world do you live in that you've found 5970's for 600?
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    SchizoFrog , May 26, 2010 12:19 PM
    All these comments about the heat of Fermi is just as retarded as 'Can it play Crysis?'

    GET OVER IT!

    Has anyone even heard of a Fermi card failing due to heat?
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    joytech22 , May 26, 2010 12:26 PM
    SchizoFrogAll these comments about the heat of Fermi is just as retarded as 'Can it play Crysis?'GET OVER IT!Has anyone even heard of a Fermi card failing due to heat?


    Nope, my GTX470 sit's around 70-95C most of the time and it's running beautifully! Hoping to get another for SLi, absolutely rapes a 5970 (of course the 5970 being a single slot card owns all other single slot solutions..)
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    back_by_demand , May 26, 2010 12:34 PM
    SchizoFrogAll these comments about the heat of Fermi is just as retarded as 'Can it play Crysis?'GET OVER IT!Has anyone even heard of a Fermi card failing due to heat?

    Ooooo... touched a raw nerve there methinks...
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    V3ctor , May 26, 2010 12:41 PM
    But a HD5970 eats less power and doesn't heat up as much as yours GTX470 :D 
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    Zoonie , May 26, 2010 1:21 PM
    Is this the unified laptop/desktop driver they announced a couple weeks ago? Can't find any info on that on their website.
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    Anonymous , May 26, 2010 1:23 PM
    AsianJetlag's fanboi goggles are in full effect it seems.
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    webbwbb , May 26, 2010 1:25 PM
    AsianJetlagYawn.GTX480 are all out of stock at $500, you have to pay at least a $50 premium for one.In which case, a $600 Radeon 5970 still rapes the f**k out of the GTX480.


    Actually every model of gtx480 is in stock on newegg for $500 and HD5970s cost $700 to $750.
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    Anonymous , May 26, 2010 1:35 PM
    Will this update be useful for 9400GT ?
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    mlopinto2k1 , May 26, 2010 1:42 PM
    SchizoFrogAll these comments about the heat of Fermi is just as retarded as 'Can it play Crysis?'GET OVER IT!Has anyone even heard of a Fermi card failing due to heat?
    Pay attention everyone... Yet ANOTHER person who isn't blinded by......
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    proxy711 , May 26, 2010 1:43 PM
    privatemukulWill this update be useful for 9400GT ?

    Yes it works with that card. "This is the first driver release from the Release 256 family of drivers (versions 256.xx to 259.xx). This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, and 400-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs."

    Ive been using these drivers for a few days no problems so far.

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    hellwig , May 26, 2010 2:00 PM
    SchizoFrogAll these comments about the heat of Fermi is just as retarded as 'Can it play Crysis?'GET OVER IT!Has anyone even heard of a Fermi card failing due to heat?

    How bout you wait a couple months and see? If I recall, all those nvidia chipset failures we saw a while back didn't happen the second you turned the computer on. No, heat damage is more than just instantaneous smoke, its stress to the solder joins, degradation of the silicon, etc...

    Not saying its gonna happen, I'm just saying 90C has never been a healthy temp for integrated circuits, not in the long run. But I guess if you can afford another $500 card in 6 months, by all means.
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    rambo117 , May 26, 2010 2:01 PM
    SchizoFrogAll these comments about the heat of Fermi is just as retarded as 'Can it play Crysis?'GET OVER IT!Has anyone even heard of a Fermi card failing due to heat?

    If not fermi failing by the heat, what about the other components choking over fermi?
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