NVIDIA Release 80 Driver for Performance Boost and Increased Flexibility
Nvidia have today release driver 81.84. According to Nvidia this new driver gives a boost of 15% for GeForce 7800 GTX GPUs in Battlefield 2, a 5% improvement for GeForce 7800 GTX GPUs in Far Cry, and 5% for GeForce 7800 GTX GPUs running in SLI mode in Half Life 2.
The most interesting new feature has got the be support for mixing vendor GPUs for?SLI . The NVIDIA Release 80 graphics driver gives end users the ability to mix and match any SLI Ready graphics cards of like GPUs to use in an NVIDIA SLI configuration?using two PCI-Express graphics cards in tandem for unparalleled graphics performance.? Previously, users had to use two graphics card from the same vender in an SLI configuration.
Other note worthy performance increase include:
- Dual core CPU performance optimisations – including performance increases of up to 15% for GeForce 7800 GTX GPUs running Far Cry in SLI mode, and up to 15% for GeForce 7800 GTX GPUs running Half Life 2
- Support for NVIDIA mobile GPUs – provides instant upgrades for selected notebook computers featuring NVIDIA GPUs
- PureVideo quality enhancements-support for high definition, MPEG-2 de-interlacing on GeForce 6600 and higher GPUs
- Broader SLI optimisations and quality-assurance validation for the latest games?including specific SLI profiles for more than 150 of the most popular titles
You can download the Windows XP version of this driver here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_78.01.html