Nvidia Bumps Windows 8 Beta Driver to Version 306.02

Nvidia said that the new driver will increase the performance for the 400/500/600 GPU Series in "several PC games" when compared to the 301.42 driver. The release notes of the driver lists improvements for:

GeForce GTX 680:
Up to 18% in Batman: Arkham City
Up to 15% in Dragon Age II
Up to 10% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Up to 60% in Total War: Shogun 2 (fixes performance issue with latest game patch)

GeForce GTX 560:
Up to 14% in Batman: Arkham City
Up to 5% in Battlefield 3 with SLI
Up to 4% in Dragon Age II
Up to 8% in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings with SLI
Up to 7% in Lost Planet 2

Additionally, the driver updates numerous SLI game profiles, adds and updates 3D Vision profiles to games, fixes a surround sound issue after a new driver install, supports applications using CUDA 5, solves an intermittent vsync stuttering issue with GeForce GTX 600-series GPUs, as well as a problem "where some manufacturer's factory overclocked cards default to and run at lower clocks."

Also added are support for OpenGL 4.3 for GeForce 400-series and later GPUs, and DisplayPort 1.2 for GeForce GTX 600 series GPUs. Details of the new driver can be found in the release notes of the driver.


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  • idroid
    Wohoa! free performance
  • Cryio
    The funny thing is....I usually wait like a 1+ until I play a game, so that all patches, DLCs and video driver updates fix the game up good. Being the (somewhat sad) owner of a 560Ti, I missed 14% performance increase. And in DirectX11, that's a divine gift. Oh well....
  • Cryio
    1 year+. EDIT PLEASE.