Nvidia released today a new set of drivers for its graphic cards. According to the release notes, GeForce 301.42 increases performance for GeForce 400 Series and 500 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. GeForce 296.10 WHQL-certified drivers and come with PhysX System Software v9.12.0213, HD Audio v184.108.40.206, OpenGL 4.2, DisplayPort 1.2 for GeForce GTX 600-series, and multiple languages and APIs for GPU computing: CUDA C, CUDA C++, CUDA Fortran, OpenCL, DirectCompute, and Microsoft C++ AMP support, as well as support for 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.
GeForce 301.42 WHQL sports updated SLI profiles for Alan Wake, Call of Juarez: The Cartel, Deus Ex: Human Revolution ? The Missing Link, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Risen 2: Dark Waters, The Darkness II, Max Payne 3, Sniper Elite V2 and Street Fighter X Tekken.
Moreover, these new drivers feature updated 3D profiles for Oil Rush, Rayman Origins, rFactor 2, Trackmania 2: Canyon and some other games.
Those interested can download these drivers from here.
Here are the key features of GeForce 301.42 WHQL:
New in R300 Drivers:
New GPU Support:
GeForce GTX 690
GeForce GTX 680
GeForce GTX 670
GeForce GT 600-series GPUs
Performance Boost – Increases performance for GeForce 400 Series and 500 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. GeForce 296.10 WHQL-certified drivers. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
GeForce GTX 570/580:
Up to 23% in Just Cause 2 with SLI
Up to 21% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Up to 17% in StarCraft II with SLI
Up to 14% in Far Cry 2 with SLI
Up to 9% in Bulletstorm
Up to 7% in Civilization V
Up to 6% in Deus Ex: Human Revolution with SLI
Up to 6% in Dragon Age 2 with SLI
Up to 5% in Metro 2033 with SLI
Up to 5% in Total War: Shogun 2
GeForce GTX 560/560 Ti:
Up to 20% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Up to 15% in Just Cause 2 with SLI
Up to 13% in Far Cry 2 with SLI
Up to 12% in Bulletstorm
Up to 11% in Civilization V
Up to 10% in StarCraft II with SLI
Up to 9% in Batman: Arkham City
Up to 4% in Deus Ex: Human Revolution with SLI
Up to 4% in Dragon Age 2 with SLI
Up to 4% in Metro 2033 with SLI
Up to 4% in Total War: Shogun 2
NVIDIA FXAA Technology – shader-based anti-aliasing technology available from the NVIDIA Control Panel that enables ultra-fast anti-aliasing in hundreds of PC games. FXAA delivers similar quality to 4x multi-sample antialiasing (MSAA) but is up to 60% faster, enabling substantially higher performance in games. FXAA is supported on all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs. Note: This feature is disabled for games that already have built-in support for FXAA. Visit GeForce.com to learn more.
NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync – dynamically enables vertical sync based on your current frame rates for the smoothest gaming experience. Adaptive VSync is supported on all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs. Visit GeForce.com to learn more.
NVIDIA Frame Rate Target – dynamically adjusts frame rate to a user specified target. Support for this feature is enabled via third party applications via NVAPI. Visit GeForce.com to learn more.
NVIDIA Surround Technology – Adds the following new Surround capabilities.Visit GeForce.com to learn more.
Add in a fourth accessory display with GeForce GTX 600-series to get access to your email, web, or other applications while you game.
Maximize an application to a single physical display when in Surround mode (enabled by default).
Confine the Windows Taskbar to the center display (enabled by default).
Enable bezel peeking – a feature which enables users to temporarily peek behind the monitor bezels using a hotkey (Ctrl + Alt + B). This feature is designed to be used in conjunction with bezel corrected resolutions.
Add or remove resolutions from the list of Surround resolutions (only those selected will be available to applications).
Full center display acceleration for single wide display modes (center display must be connected to the master GPU).
NVIDIA SLI Technology – Adds or updates the following SLI profiles:
Call of Juarez: The Cartel
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – The Missing Link
Left 4 Dead
Orcs Must Die!
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
Risen 2: Dark Waters
The Darkness II
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Crusader Kings II
Max Payne 3
Sniper Elite V2
Street Fighter X Tekken
NVIDIA 3D Vision – Adds or updates the following 3D Vision profiles:
All Zombies Must Die! – rated Fair
Ghosts ‘n Goblins Online – rated Good
Oil Rush – rated 3D Vision Ready
Postal III – rated Good
Rayman Origins – rated Good
SevenCore – rated Fair
Stacking – rated Good
Unigine Heaven Benchmark v3.0 – rated 3D Vision Ready
Wargame: European Escalation – rated Good
Warp – rated Good
Wings of Prey – rated Fair
Krater – rated Poor
Adam’s Venture Episode 1- rated Poor
Blacklight: Retribution – rated Poor
The Darkness II – updated in-game recommended settings
Depth Hunter – updated profile
Dirt: Showdown – rated Good
Passion Leads Army Benchmark – rated 3D Vision Ready
Resident Evil: Operating Raccoon City – Rated Fair
rFactor 2 – changed rating to 3D Vision Ready
Trackmania 2: Canyon – rated Fair
Unigine 3.0 Heaven Benchmark – updated profile
World of Tanks – changed rating to Excellent.