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 v188.8.131.52, 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: Alan Wake Call of Juarez: The Cartel Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Deus Ex: Human Revolution – The Missing Link Left 4 Dead Orcs Must Die! Portal 2 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. Other Details
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities.Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved - and still does - the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the "The Evolution of PC graphics cards." Contact: Email