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New Drivers: nVidia v266.58 GeForce

As can be expected, the new nVidia driver versions have several performance improvements that will particularly benefit game players. Support and performance of the popular Battlefield game are specifically improved.

New hardware supported in version 285.63 of the Nvidia GeForce drivers:

– GeForce GTX460 v2
– GeForce 405

In addition 3D Vision is now included in the video drivers, no need for a separate USB 3D Vision driver anymore. This includes several more 3D Vision gaming profiles.

Of course the Nvidia driver update also includes an updated version of the HD audio driver for the HD audio component on video cards. The new version is 1.2.24.0.

A nice improvement is present in the power saving feature, which is achieved by changing the clock speeds on the graphics cards depending on the graphics demands. The improvements result in faster adjustments of the frequency to ensure no lag of graphics power is experienced. In the same way, downscaling is also faster to save power when possible.

Several bug fixes are also included in version 285.62 of the GeForce drivers. If you have been experiencing video problems with specific games, applications or DirectX, make sure to upgrade the video driver and check for the problem again.

People who like to overclock their video cards, will notice that this option is not present any more in the default Nvidia control panel. Users now need to download the Nvidia System Tools software for that.

After installing the new Nvidia video drivers, make sure to check your resolution, and check the Adobe Flash player version. In same cases the screen resolution can change, and the latest Flash player (version 11) ensures online HD video content plays smoothly.

Also keep in mind that changing Nvidia driver versions, is always best done by running the installer for the approriate version. Uninstall the previous version, especially when you want to install an older version. The Windows driver rollback option does not work reliably with these drivers. Uninstalling the drivers from the Device Manager will not remove all Nvidia driver related software. Use the Uninstall option in the Control Panel instead.

For the full release notes on version 285.62, please check the nVidia website.

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Nvidia Releases v266.58 of GeForce drivers

geforce-driversThis recent update of the Nvidia GeForce graphics drivers is available for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series and the ION series.

As with all new releases, the new GeForce drivers improve performance on many of the video card, particular for gaming. But the drivers also include support for the lates GTX series video cards.

For people with SLI cards, there are new SLI profiles available for a number of games, and the performance for a number of games using the SLI cards has also been improved.

Other improvements in the 266.58 release are the support for GPU-acceleration in Adobe products, including CS5 and Flash 10.1. For Adobe Flash this results in smoother HD video playback from online source.

If you use video cleanup software vreveal, you will learn that the new drivers have direct support for this MotionDSP’s video enhancement software, allowing users to improve the quality of shaky videos and output HD quality video.

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Why You MUST Update Your Realtek Network Drivers

For a long time network cards were all about performance. Most of you probably started with a 10 Mbit network card, switching to 100 Mbit later on. Modern computers even have 1 Gbit network cards and servers can use 10 Gbit connections. For wireless network cards a similar summary can be created, using the 802.11 b/g/a/n specification.

But nowadays the network device in your computer is about more than just speed. Speed comes at a cost, particularly due to power consumption. And don’t we all want to go green?

Realtek FE/GbE Family Controller Network Drivers

For computers with a Realtek network card, the latest device drivers offer a lot of control on the network speed and power consumption. That way, you can make sure your notebook battery lasts as long as possible.

A few of the settings the latest Realtek network drivers offer:

  • Auto Disable Gigabit – this option allows the user to configure if the gigabit option should be auto-disabled on re-link.
  • Green Ethernet – this option enables the feature to detect the length of the connected network cable and adjust the voltage accordingly (lower for shorter cables).
  • Interrupt Moderation – when enabled the frequency of the CPU interrupts will be lowered when there is less network traffic. Lower CPU usage, lower power!

There are obviously many more settings, not all relevant to network speed and energy consumption. But in all cases, make sure you install the latest Realtek network drivers to benefit from these features.

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NVidia Officially Releases Graphics Drivers Version 260.99

After the recent release of 260.63 in beta, NVidia has now officially released version 260.99 of its video drivers, supporting their newest GeForce cards.

This release is primarily for Windows Vista and Windows 7, but there is support for other Windows versions as well.

The installer for the new NVidia graphics driver package has been updated. The user interface has been improved to offer one-click installation as well as customized installation. The customized installations allows the user to select which additional driver components to install, and it also allows you to do a clean install. The clean install will first remove the older drivers from the system, which can help prevent driver update problems.

The NVidia Control Panel has also been improved in version 260.99, again simplifying a lot of things, like multi-display support.

This version of the NVidia display driver also adds support for 3D Blu-ray disc playback when the video card is connected to a 3D TV using HDMI 1.4.

The new Nvidia video cards, GeForce GTS 450 and GT 430 are now supported. And of course there are a number of bug fixes and performance improvements with the new driver. Performance improvements typically pertain to games and high performance graphics applications.

For more details, you can check the official NVidia Release Notes.

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ATI Releases Version 10.9 of the Catalyst Software Suite

ATI just released another update of their Catalyst Software Suite, which is used for the ATI graphics cards. This release includes an update for the AMD display driver (ATI is part of AMD). Like any driver update release, this new version is released to improve reliability and performance of ATI graphics cards.

Version 10.9 includes an update of the ATI Radeon display driver, the new driver version is 8.771.

The main improvements in the new release relate to bug fixes in games and performance improvements in games. Performance improvements vary from 5% to 20% depending on the game.

But for Vista there are also improvements in the AVI video playback in PowerPoint presentations, and blu-ray video playback no longer corrupts the desktop image. For Windows XP and Windows 7 the update also has a few bug fixes, but of course there is still a long list of known issues that have not been resolved yet.

Installation requirements

For installing the 10.9 version on XP or Vista, the .NET Framework SP1 needs to be installed. In Windows 7 the .NET Framework is integrated already. Users should also make sure they use a user account with administrator right to install the updated drivers.

ATI also recommends that you download the old drivers before installing the new display drivers.

Click here to download and install ATI Catalyst driver R10.9 now.