Skip to main content

Nvidia Releases 181.71 Windows 7 Drivers

Nvidia shows once again that it's on the ball with the Windows 7 beta, as the company just released new 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 beta drivers.  

The drivers offer international support for Geforce 8, 9, and 200-series DirectX 10 GPUs, and for GeForce 6 and 7-series DirectX 9 GPUs.  As stated, the update comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors, with both being WDDM compliant. Based off the 181 driver series, this weeks release is listed as version 181.71.   

Release highlights are as follows:

  • Installs WDDM v1.1 for GeForce 8, 9, and 200-series DirectX 10 GPUs.
  • Installs WDDM v1.0 for GeForce 6 and 7-series DirectX 9 GPUs.
  • Supports Direct3D, Direct2D, and DirectWrite.
  • Supports Nvidia CUDA - Compute Unified Device Architecture.
  • Supports Nvidia PhysX (this driver package automatically installs PhysX System Software version 9.09.0203 for all GeForce 8, 9, and 200-series GPUs).
  • Supports Nvidia SLI on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL applications.

If you're interested in giving these bad boys a shot you can grab the 32-bit version here, or the 64-bit version here.

  • hop
    Nice!
    Reply
  • bustapr
    Like most of the time, a head start over ati, but ati will throw some way better drivers when the time comes, and the slowly crumbling nvidia(lawsuits and cheap hd4800) will fall lower and lower.

    ATI rocks!!!!!

    Reply
  • FrustratedRhino
    Now if more companies did this for vista 90% of the REAL complaints of Vista wouldn't exist.

    Reply
  • alvine
    ati won this time with their good price vs performawnce ratio. im sorry but nvidia failed this time and idc how big fanboy of nvidia or ati you are but the red team won this time, and we as customes benefit the most ($150 4870 pl0x!)
    Reply
  • thedipper
    ATI has had Windows7 drivers available for months now.
    Reply
  • scrumhalf
    bustaprLike most of the time, a head start over ati, but ati will throw some way better drivers when the time comes, and the slowly crumbling nvidia(lawsuits and cheap hd4800) will fall lower and lower.ATI rocks!!!!!Fanboyism is getting old. History has shown that Nvidia usually has better drivers. By the time ATI writes better drivers, Nvidia will have updated theirs as well. Just because you have and love ATI cards (and they are great cards), doesn't mean you should wish for Nvidia to fail. All that will do is kill competition and stagnate progress. Please keep opinions out of factual matters.
    Reply
  • scrumhalf
    thedipperATI has had Windows7 drivers available for months now.So has Nvidia. Yay for everybody.
    Reply
  • B-Unit
    I was using the latest 181 release for Vista on the Win7 beta with no issues, but then Windows Update replaced them with 17x.xx something.

    O well, now I have legit 181 drivers.
    Reply
  • thedipper
    scrumhalfSo has Nvidia. Yay for everybody.
    Right, so why the hell is this news?

    Toms is a great place, I get my tech news from here, but news posts like this make me wonder why I even bother. You don't see Toms licking on ATI's bum every time they update their Win7 drivers.
    Reply
  • jaragon13
    thedipperRight, so why the hell is this news? Toms is a great place, I get my tech news from here, but news posts like this make me wonder why I even bother. You don't see Toms licking on ATI's bum every time they update their Win7 drivers.Because these are official Windows 7 drivers,not Vista drivers that "work" with Windows 7 aswell.

    Assclown.
    Reply