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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.

Click here to download and install Realtek network drivers.

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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