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New NVIDIA Drivers

Probably not a coincidence with a batch of new NVIDIA graphics card reviews today, the GeForce Website now offers new version 306.23 reference drivers for NVIDIA GPUs. Word is: "This is the first WHQL-certified driver from the R304 family of drivers (304.xx to 306.xx) and the first WHQL-certified GeForce driver to combine support for Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista into a single driver package." They also state that these drivers are recommended for the imminent releases of Borderlands 2 and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. Thanks Dana.

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23. Re: More Big Picture Details Sep 14, 2012, 14:51 Creston
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 14, 2012, 02:47:
Now you can finally search porn with up to 610% better peformance... no, I mean do work! WORK I SAY!

Any graphics driver that increases porn efficiency would automatically become the most heavily downloaded file in the world.

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22. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 14, 2012, 07:10 mickelobe
 
NegaDeath wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 23:45:
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 23:11:
Correct.Last time I recall having the issue was around January. Some people reported getting the TDR issue in Firefox but it's never happened to me on 2x8800GT SLI or a GTX480.

Regrettably I still get the TDR problem even with 306.02 drivers (560Ti), only fix is to set firefox to performance mode in nvidia control panel. Using driver sweeper between driver upgrades doesn't help. Only thing left to try is an OS reinstall and I don't feel like doing that right now.

I have a Palit 560TI Sonic and had that issue for quite some time.

I managed to get it under control by disabling Nvidia Powermizer via registry entries and forcing constant voltage in MSI Afterburner at 1.025

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21. Re: More Big Picture Details Sep 14, 2012, 02:47 eRe4s3r
 
Now you can finally search porn with up to 610% better peformance... no, I mean do work! WORK I SAY!  
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20. Re: More Big Picture Details Sep 14, 2012, 01:25 HorrorScope
 
Rea1One wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 20:00:
HorrorScope wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 19:04:
Win 8 accelerates the desktop and everything now.

which is about time I reckon

Perhaps it was holding me back at 250 WPM.
 
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19. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 13, 2012, 23:45 NegaDeath
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 23:11:
Correct.Last time I recall having the issue was around January. Some people reported getting the TDR issue in Firefox but it's never happened to me on 2x8800GT SLI or a GTX480.

Regrettably I still get the TDR problem even with 306.02 drivers (560Ti), only fix is to set firefox to performance mode in nvidia control panel. Using driver sweeper between driver upgrades doesn't help. Only thing left to try is an OS reinstall and I don't feel like doing that right now.
 
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18. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 13, 2012, 23:11 Mordecai Walfish
 
jimnms wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 14:20:
Matshock wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 10:56:
I can see the DL size nearly doubled. What is so different about Windows 8 drivers?

The previous WHQL drivers were 160MB, these are 175MB. A 15MB increase is hardly doubling in size.

Correct.

WHQL 301.42 = ~160MB

WHQL 306.23 = ~175MB

After 310 series drivers the driver size should be a bit more conservative as well, because of them dropping legacy support for anything under the 8000 series GeForce cards (6000 & 7000 series are the only ones being cut)

I dont know what drivers Matshock was comparing these to but geforce drivers havent been under 90MB in a *long* time.

Also I think the driver issue you guys are talking about is the notorious TDR issue, which I've had happen to me only in one game (Team Fortress 2), and has completely resolved itself since. Last time I recall having the issue was around January. Some people reported getting the TDR issue in Firefox but it's never happened to me on 2x8800GT SLI or a GTX480.

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17. Re: More Big Picture Details Sep 13, 2012, 20:00 Rea1One
 
HorrorScope wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 19:04:
Win 8 accelerates the desktop and everything now.

which is about time I reckon
 
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16. Re: More Big Picture Details Sep 13, 2012, 19:04 HorrorScope
 
Win 8 accelerates the desktop and everything now.  
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15. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 13, 2012, 16:34 Optional nickname
 
nin wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 14:28:
jimnms wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 14:20:
Matshock wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 10:56:
I can see the DL size nearly doubled. What is so different about Windows 8 drivers?

The previous WHQL drivers were 160MB, these are 175MB. A 15MB increase is hardly doubling in size.


It's probably some conspiracy!!!!!!!!



It must be that watermarking system the USA Homeland of Security picked up on from Blizzard Entertainment. probably now incorporated into Nvidia Kernel. $1,000 to the first one that reverse engineers it!
 
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14. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 13, 2012, 16:32 Optional nickname
 
Matshock wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 10:56:
I can see the DL size nearly doubled. What is so different about Windows 8 drivers?


seriously, you'd think that by removing Aero, and simply drawing large boxes that I can mimic on my etch-a-sketch, the drivers should have fit onto a 720K floppy.
 
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13. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 13, 2012, 14:42 Matshock
 
Oh yeah, I got it wrong- I see back in Dec '11 they were even 195mb. I just never noticed how big drivers had gotten until now.

People can make mistakes with no conspiracy needed nin. Often times they might even really believe they are right when they do so. But in the end the facts and figures speak for themselves, don't they?

 
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12. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 13, 2012, 14:28 nin
 
jimnms wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 14:20:
Matshock wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 10:56:
I can see the DL size nearly doubled. What is so different about Windows 8 drivers?

The previous WHQL drivers were 160MB, these are 175MB. A 15MB increase is hardly doubling in size.


It's probably some conspiracy!!!!!!!!

 
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11. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 13, 2012, 14:20 jimnms
 
Matshock wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 10:56:
I can see the DL size nearly doubled. What is so different about Windows 8 drivers?

The previous WHQL drivers were 160MB, these are 175MB. A 15MB increase is hardly doubling in size.
 
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10. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 13, 2012, 14:16 gilly775
 
So can anyone explain to me why some laptop manufacturers make you download drivers from them vs. NVidia's site even with their new mobile drivers? I think they are limiting their gaming GPUs by not updating their graphics drivers as often. That's why I like LaptopVideo2Go so much.  
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9. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 13, 2012, 13:05 Xil
 
Kajetan wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 11:07:
Its the massive amount of awesomeness which is Windows 8

that made me spill my coffee laughing
 
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8. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 13, 2012, 13:05 eRe4s3r
 
That's not helpful when they don't even admit the issue exists..... google "nvidia suspend issue" or "nvidia standby issue" ... I am sure it is not entirely nvidia to blame, likely something with mobo chipset and gpu or whatever else...

Still, the issue is not "new" .. it's been around for a small percentage of system configurations and nobody ever figured out what is causing it. Only for me, it only happens in the R300+ series of drivers.. talk about wtf kind of issue.
 
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7. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 13, 2012, 12:57 Bludd
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 12:32:
Been doing that since R300 series started, every single driver I tried, every single driver has caused system issues, but I am getting kinda tired of it. I only install the PhysX package now and ignore the driver
Read the PDF
 
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6. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 13, 2012, 12:32 eRe4s3r
 
Been doing that since R300 series started, every single driver I tried, every single driver has caused system issues, but I am getting kinda tired of it. I only install the PhysX package now and ignore the driver  
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5. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 13, 2012, 12:27 BobBob
 
When it comes to new drivers, of any kind, Windows System Restore can be your best friend.  
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4. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Sep 13, 2012, 11:24 eRe4s3r
 
Still not touching them until they fix the standby bug and by the way, using R296 and have 0 problems in games... so yeah ;p Some games actually tell me my drivers are outdated, but performance is great, everything works and no weird issues....  
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