Nvidia has released a new beta set of drivers for its graphics cards. Nvidia GeForce 306.02 is recommended for players of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Darksiders 2, Guild Wars 2, and MechWarrior Online, as they add realistic ambient occlusion shadowing to each of the listed games, in addition to adding NVIDIA Control Panel MSAA and CSAA anti-aliasing support to Darksiders 2.
SLI users will find a range of performance enhancing profiles for titles such as Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, Darksiders 2, Orcs Must Die! 2, Planetside 2, Shogun 2: Total War, Sleeping Dogs, and The Secret World. SLI users will also be interested to know that profiles for Borderlands 2 and F1 2012 have been implemented ahead of their respective release dates. On the 3D Vision front we have new and updated profiles for A New Dawn, the yet-to-be-released, highly-anticipated Dishonored, End of Nations, The Secret World, and many more.
New & Updated SLI Profiles
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
Orcs Must Die! 2
PlanetSide 2 (Updated)
Shogun 2: Total War (Updated)
Sleeping Dogs (Please note that we are currently evaluating SLI bit 0x0C4010F5, which may result in higher performance for users)
The Secret World (Updated)
New & Updated 3D Vision Profiles
A New Dawn – Rated Fair
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare – Rated Not Recommended
All Zombies Must Die! Scorepocalypse – Rated Good
ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead – Rated Fair
Bang Bang Racing – Rated Excellent
Brave – Rated 3D Vision Ready
Devil May Cry 4 – Rated Fair
Dishonored – Rated Good
End of Nations – Rated Good
London 2012 The Official Video Game – Rated Fair
Mad Doc Jr.’s Doom Rails – Rated Excellent
Raiderz – Rated Fair
Roller Coaster Rampage – Rated 3D Vision Ready
SCANIA Truck Driving Simulator – Rated Fair
Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends – Rated Good
The Secret World – Rated Good
Surround settings now persist after new driver install.
Fixed Single-GPU Issues
Windows Vista & Windows 7
3D Surround, 4-way SLI: The NVIDIA Control Panel -> Configure Displays for Surround user-assistance screen does not show the correct GPUs to connect the displays on a 4-way SLI system.
GeForce 400 series: After installing the VGA driver and then choosing the ‘restart later’ option, the display goes blank when subsequently installing the NVIDIA driver.
GeForce GT 650M: “No compatible hardware found” error occurs when installing the driver.
GeForce GTS 400 series: Rendering is not visible with some DirectX 9 applications when Shader model 3.0 is used.
GeForce GTX 200 series: Mount & Blade Warband – Stuttering occurs during game-play.
GeForce GTX 500 series, 3D Vision: Crysis 2 & DiRT Showdown – Residual images appear throughout the game if 3D Vision is enabled.
GeForce GTX 600 series: Titan Quest – Gameplay is jerky and stutters with V-Sync enabled.
GeForce GTX 500 series, 3D Vision: Crysis 2 & Dirt Showdown – Residual images appear throughout the game if 3D Vision is enabled.
Optimus Notebook: Blue-screen crash occurs pointing to dxgkrnl.sys when attempting to uninstall the driver using the Windows Device manager.
SLI, Surround: Intel x59 or x79 – With Surround enabled, a blue-screen crash (0xA: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL) may occur when enabling or disabling SLI or Surround modes. When re-installing the NVIDIA driver after uninstalling it, the driver may fail to install.
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."