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Nvidia Releases New GeForce 326.80 Drivers

Nvidia this week released a new 326.80 Game Ready driver, which the company is touting for a better experience in Splinter Cell: Blacklist and a variety of other games. Nvidia is also recommending it as an update for WIndows 8.1 Preview.

The GeForce R326 drivers increase performance by up to 19% for GeForce 400/500/600/700 series GPUs in several PC games compared to the GeForce 320.49 WHQL-certified drivers. Though results will vary depending on your graphics card and system, Nvidia offers the following as an example of measured gains:

GeForce GTX 770:

  • Up to 15% in Dirt: Showdown
  • Up to 6% in Tomb Raider

GeForce GTX 770 SLI:

  • Up to 19% in Dirt: Showdown
  • Up to 11% in F1 2012

SLI Technology

  • Added SLI profile for Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  • Added SLI profile for Batman: Arkham Origins

SHIELD

  • Enables GeForce to SHIELD streaming.

4K Displays

  • Adds support for additional tiled 4K displays
  • Extended support for tiled 4K features

You can download the new GeForce 326.80 drivers on www.geforce.com.

  • MichaelC4
    As with all nVidia graphics drivers, I wait a week or two before installing them. Anyone remember the driver that screwed with the cards fan?
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  • whimseh
    I still have 314.22 driver, it's the only recent stable one.
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  • renz496
    11402173 said:
    As with all nVidia graphics drivers, I wait a week or two before installing them. Anyone remember the driver that screwed with the cards fan?

    i think many would remember that :D . i never use it though since i was a bit lazy to upgrade my driver when it actually comes out. but even if i ended with the driver it will not going to harm my gpu back then since my gpu were using passive cooler from the start
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  • renz496
    currently i'm using this driver. so far everything is good.
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  • doron
    if cardname == gtx770
    run newer script
    else if cardname == gtx680
    run older script

    any improvement is great, but it looks like a cheap move
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  • ojas
    These are still BETA. Article should mention that in the headline. Or anywhere. Somewhere.
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  • tburns1
    Anyone ever wonder if these driver tweaks for specific games actually kills performance on other games? If possible (maybe too many games to test) testers should use the games nVidia/AMD tout as having better performance and see if it's true, but then they should also test older popular/problematic games to see if they lost ground. Would these tweaks kill "Rage" performance, for example? Or how about the ever-popular bad joke of "it playing Crysis"?
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  • deftonian
    Still no ShadowPlay? Damn... way to tease me with a release date and then not deliver... for months ongoing.
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  • renz496
    11402398 said:
    These are still BETA. Article should mention that in the headline. Or anywhere. Somewhere.

    does WHQL and BETA really that matter? idk why some people refusing beta drivers. maybe the word beta sway people away but from my personal experience there are times when things go wrong even with WHQL driver. in nvidia case some problem in that arise might be fix in a week or two then release as beta drivers. why not using the beta drivers if it actually fix the problem?
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  • RooD
    Will it fix the constant freezing, artifacts and crashing of my 780gtx...
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