This 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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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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This beta release of version 260.63 further improves the performance of some of the GeForce bases video cards. Especially the GTX 460 and GTX 480 video cards will benefit from increased performance, which will benefit gamers the most. Based on testing NVidia claims these cards can gain between 5% and 20% performance improvements, depending on the application (game).
In addition, version 280.63 adds support for the new GT 450 GPU, which also supports the NVida 3D Vision technology and DirectX 11.
If you are interesting in playing Blu-Ray movies, you will also benefit from the GeForce 260.63 driver update, as it now supports Blu-Ray playback on the HDMI 1.4 port of GeForce video cards. Connect your 3D TV and you are set to watch Blu-Ray movies. The improvements includes support for high definition audio streaming for Blu-Ray movies.
Another improvement in this driver release is the better compatibility with games that required DirectX 7, 8 or 9 compatibility for games running on Windows 7. Many games that need older DirectX support used to have problems on both Vista and Windows 7, even though DirectX 11 is supposed to be downward compatible, so this is a welcome improvement.
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Based in Santa Clara, California, NVIDIA is a global provider of visual computing and chipset technologies. It is the inventor of the GPU (graphics processing unit), a high-performance processor that delivers amazing, interactive graphics to users of personal computers, workstations, servers, game consoles and mobile devices. Originally established in 1993, it has become one of the world’s leading suppliers of graphics processing units and motherboard chipsets. NVIDIA has more than 5,000 worldwide employees with offices in England, France, Germany, China, India, Japan and several other countries.
The company’s portfolio is mainly compromised of three product lines: the NVIDIA GeForce, Quadro, Tegra and Tesla. GeForce is known for its superb functionality, offering high definition video playback, realistic game play and unrivaled performance. The Quadro is geared towards professional users while the NVIDIA Tegra and Tesla are designed for mobile and network users respectively. These products offer the power to dramatically enhance computationally-intensive and visually rich-applications, such as broadcasting, film production, video games, industrial design and much more.
Nvidia has been a major contributor in the motherboard and graphics accelerators industries since launching its first product in 1995. It really made significant strides in 1999, introducing the world’s first GPU with NVIDIA GeForce 256 and the first workstation GPU in the Quadro. The company displayed market dominance in 2000 with the acquisition of 3dfx Graphics and the introduction of NVIDIA GeForce 2 Go, the very first mobile GPU. Other notable milestones include the acquisition of leading wireless graphics and multimedia technology provider Media Q in 2003 and the title of Forbes Magazine “Company of the Year” in 2007.
NVIDIA has already made its mark in 2009, launching new solutions to further enhance the visual experience for consumers, professionals and users on the go. The same dedication to innovation and quality that allowed it to dominate the market will likely usher this company into another decade of success.
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