Not long after the release of the newest Quadro/Tesla display driver, NVIDIA has announced the newest WHQL-certified release of the GeForce drivers as well.
This new drivers from NVIDIA are, obviously, the ones that consumers have been looking forward to, what with so many new games out.
While the existing software packages can run the games more or less fine, the fact remains that newer drivers usually make things run more smoothly.
This 285.58 for XP and especially the 285.62 driver for Vista/7 definitely add some frame rates to a bunch of games, especially on the GeForce GTX 580 and GeForce GTX 560 graphics cards.
Battlefield 3 is, predictably, among the titles that get special mention, as NVIDIA made sure to implement more than a few enhancements and compatibility elements for the final release.
Batman: Arkham City also got some boosts, as did Civilization V, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Crysis 2, Lost Planet 2, Metro 2033, STALKER: Call of Pripyat, Mafia 2 and StarCraft 2.
The frame rate improvements apply to either single-card or SLI configurations and range between 4% and 13%.
The Santa Clara, California-based company did not stop here, taking the time to upgrade the PhysX software, the HD Audio driver, the list of SLI profiles and OpenGL (4.2 on 400 and 500 series cards).
Furthermore, users will get the 3D Vision Controller (USB) driver and support for viewing 3DVisionLive.com and YouTube 3D with NVIDIA SLI PCs, among other things.
Finally, some new 3D Vision game profiles were included, along with multiple GPU computing languages and GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring.
Be sure to follow the links below and get the appropriate driver version for whatever operating system the PC happens to run.