Nvidia has posted its new drivers for its GeForce graphics cards. This version is WHQL version 314.22. The new performance improvements that come along with it are quite promising compared to the previous WHQL driver release, the 314.07 drivers. Some of the newer Beta drivers carried similar performance improvements.
Performance Boost – Increases performance for GeForce 400/500/600 series GPUs in several PC games vs. GeForce 314.07 WHQL-certified drivers. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration. Here are a few examples:
- GeForce GTX 680:
- Up to 41% faster in BioShock InfiniteUp to 60% faster in Tomb RaiderUp to 23% faster in Sniper Elite V2Up to 13% faster in Sleeping Dogs
- GeForce GTX 680 SLI:
- Up to 21% faster in Sniper Elite V2Up to 14% faster in Sleeping Dogs Up to 10% faster in StarCraft IIUp to 15% faster in Civilization V
NVIDIA SLI Technology – Adds or updates the following SLI profiles (since GeForce 314.14 drivers):
- Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army– Added DX11 SLI profile
- Dungeons and Dragons: Neverwinter– Added DX9 SLI profile
- BioShock Infinite– Added AO profile
NVIDIA 3D Vision – Adds the following profiles (since GeForce 314.14 drivers):
- MUD -rated Good
- Brutal Legend- rated Good
- Tomb Raider -updated rating to Good
- Includes support for applications built using CUDA 5 or earlier version of the CUDA Toolkit.
The drivers can be found for download here.
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60% faster on 680 for tomb raider, thats amazing !Reply
So GTX 670 falls far behind on tomb raider ?
I feel like the 660 and 670 have just been forgotten in these updates.Reply
Please tomshardware, do a review where you test nvidia and even ATI driver improvements across GPU generations.Reply
For example with an improvement on a GTX 680 translate to a improvement on a GTX 580, 480, 280, and probably even a 9800.
While everyone is going to update anyway, it would be good to know if users on older hardware are gaining anything at all, and if so, then how much of an improvement is to be had.
thedude300I feel like the 660 and 670 have just been forgotten in these updates.Reply
I have a 670 and noticed a huge improvement in tomb raider.
In case you guys didn't notice... These drivers are for the 6xx series cards... they just did the testing with a 680. They listed they used a 680 so there won't be that one guy who says, "I'm Using a GT 630 and I only get one FPS more!!! Nvidia Lied to us!" Lol!Reply
thedude300I feel like the 660 and 670 have just been forgotten in these updates."Increases performance for GeForce 400/500/600 series GPUs in several PC games... Here are a few examples:"Reply
yep these show improvements across the whole series of cards. I love how this comes out the day before bioshock is released. thanks for the support nvidia.Reply
full release notes:Reply
To be honest, I'm also a little annoyed by the 680 benchmark nvidia keeps quoting in their improvements. If the drivers are tuned, shouldn't the performance gain be essentially the same percentage all across the board? So a 40% performance increase on a 680 doesn't mean a 40% improvement on a 670, or a 660? Maybe someone who actually has the knowledge can articulate why this point is wrong.Reply
dragonsqrrl"Increases performance for GeForce 400/500/600 series GPU's in several PC games... Here are a few examples:"Reply
only problem is they always list that but then they also listed that it was tested on a 680 (they are not actually testing the older cards to see if the optimizations apply to the older cards.