With Windows 8 marching on towards the final version for the official release, it’s little wonder to see major manufacturers focusing their efforts to deliver compatible drivers for the users' delight and joy.
It's the case of Nvidia, releasing the 302.80 GeForce display driver, especially for Windows 8 Release Preview. Since this version is the first one with WHQL certification, there are rather few things to be reported as it hasn't been in the wild for too long a time.
Beyond any doubt, there have been made improvements from the latest R295 driver, version 296.17. The Nvidia Control Panel 3D Vision function has been updated and now the “Set up stereoscopic 3D” page supports the implementation of stereoscopic 3D technology in Windows 8.
Version 302.80 also addresses some reported issues that affected both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 8 editions running single-GPU configurations with few graphic cards. It's about some minor flickering and shimmering encountered with some applications using FX Anti-Aliasing, Control Panel color changes failing to run with some YouTube flash playback, no video on Hulu desktop or Stage Video picture-in-picture corruption in Internet Explorer.
The 64-bit Windows 8 was plagued by some corruption during logging on and logging off when running a GT580M connected to a 3D TV. GT 520 experienced the same flickering and shimmer with certain applications using FXAA. The 302.80 seems to have all these well taken care of.
Download the Nvidia GeForce Display Driver 302.80 for Windows 8.