Nvidia has released some new drivers for its graphics cards today. According to the release notes, this new set of drivers offers 23% better performance in a variety of games for GeForce 400/500/600 series GPUs. Basically, this is the GeForce Game Ready driver for SimCity, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, Resident Evil 6, and Hawken with PhysX. Ironically, though, there is no mention about any performance improvements or enhancements regarding Tomb Raider.
Those interested can download the Nvidia GeForce 314.14Beta from here (Win 7/8/Vista 32Bit) and here (Win7/8/Vista 64Bit).
Nvidia GeForce 314.14Beta Release Notes:
This is the GeForce Game Ready driver for SimCity, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, Resident Evil 6, and Hawken with PhysX.
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New in GeForce 314.14 Drivers
Performance Boost – Increases performance by up to 23% 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 is one example of measured gains:
GeForce GTX 680:
-Up to 23% in Sniper Elite V2
-Up to 9% in Sleeping Dogs
GeForce GTX 680 SLI:
-Up to 22% in Sniper Elite V2
-Up to 14% in Sleeping Dogs
-Up to 9% in StarCraft II
-Up to 5% in Call of Duty: Black Ops II
-Up to 5% in Deus Ex: Human Revolution
-Up to 5% in Just Cause 2
-Up to 4% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
-Up to 4% in Batman: Arkham City
-Updates SLI profile for Resident Evil 6
-Adds SLI profile for Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army (delivered via NVIDIA Update)
-Installs PhysX System Software 9.12.1031.
-Installs HD Audio v22.214.171.124
-Includes support for applications built using CUDA 5 or earlier version of the CUDA Toolkit.
-Supports OpenGL 4.3 for GeForce 400-series and later GPUs.
-Supports DisplayPort 1.2 for GeForce GTX 600 series GPUs.
-Supports multiple languages and APIs for GPU computing: CUDA C, CUDA C++, CUDA Fortran, OpenCL, DirectCompute, and Microsoft C++ AMP.
-Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel and AMD motherboards.
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