Nvidia Unleashes 'Release 256' Graphics Drivers

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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  • 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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  • Fermi is available from multiple stores. Pretty easy to find one for $500.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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