New Nvidia Drivers Boost Up Fermi Performance

Along with the GeForce GTX 460 release yesterday, Nvidia also brought out some new drivers to support it. But even for those without the new 460 GPU, any gamer with a Fermi-based GPU will be able to realize some performance gains in the 258.96 WHQL-candidate drivers.

·  Adds additional performance increases for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs in several PC games (these improvements are in addition to the previously reported Release 256 improvements). The following are examples of some of the most significant improvements measured with GeForce GTX 480. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:

  • Up to 11% in Aliens vs. Predator (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
  • Up to 7% in Crysis: Warhead (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF – Gamer)
  • Up to 4% in H.A.W.X (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF – Very High)
  • Up to 10% in Just Cause 2 (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF - Concrete Jungle)
  • Up to 6% in Metro 2033 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
  • Up to 7% in Metro 2033 (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
  • Up to 10% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
  • Up to 12% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
  • Up to 4% in World in Conflict (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)

Grab those drivers right here (be sure to select the GTX 460 in the pull down to get the new release mentioned in this post).

UPDATE July 19: These are now WHQL now.

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  • Onyx2291
    Most of it is just SLI though. Too bad I don't even have one of these cards.
  • victomofreality
    meat81True!Nvidia has always had solid drivers that solve more problems, not create them like another video card maker we know....


    WTF are you smoking? ATI and Nvidia both have buggy drivers from time to time... just a few months ago they released some bad ones like the one that killed the ability to oc the cards. Don't be blinded by your fanboydom.
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  • joytech22
    Pretty impressive that after 2 driver releases, they improved performance on the new architecture by almost 20% across the board!
  • Onyx2291
    Most of it is just SLI though. Too bad I don't even have one of these cards.
  • HardwareJay
    I don't do games. I'm using my GTX-470 for video editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Should I get this update?