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NVIDIA Beta Drivers

The GeForce Website offers new beta version 310.33 GeForce drivers for NVIDIA accelerators. Word is: "Featuring GTX 600 Series performance improvements of up to 15%, the new GeForce 310.33 beta drivers are a recommended download for all Kepler users. In addition to performance improvements, the GeForce 310.33 beta drivers include a number of new and updated SLI and Ambient Occlusion profiles that benefit and enhance all GeForce PCs."

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14. Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers Oct 24, 2012, 23:36 Sempai
 
These drivers are still re-positioning ALL of my desktop icons, along with re-sizing my browser windows when i shut off my receiver, monitor or both.

Using HDMI from my 680 to Onkyo receiver, then to my monitor. I guess it's back to drivers that are months old..

CMON Nvidia! Get it together!
 
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13. Re: You and your high resolutions... Oct 24, 2012, 23:19 SlimRam
 
I game (if you can REALLY call my ability to suck at everything I TRY to play) with a standard 4 year old HP comp, a 550ti nvidia card that I bought used.....um...OH YES, and the amazing powerhouse 19" VERY USED Dell monitor that I bought from Goodwill for 15 dollars about 6 years ago. Oh, and every now and then the picture reduces to a single white line...usually during a MOST inappropriate time like when im surfing for porn or losing my entire squad in XCOM. Oh and I just realized a year ago that the monitor supported 1600 x 1200 res...i had been playing everything at 1024 x 768....So YES, my computer penis is ENORMOUS!  
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12. You and your high resolutions... Oct 24, 2012, 10:38 Ant
 
Pffbt. I still use a 5:4 19" LCD monitor at 1280x1024 pixels resolution at home with VGA (blame it on my Y2K KVM) and DVI (to avoid stretching on low resolutions like demos).  
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11. Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers Oct 24, 2012, 10:15 Mordecai Walfish
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Oct 23, 2012, 22:00:
I was hoping these would address SLI performance, as with SLI enabled I get less than 30fps - disabled I get 60fps. Unfortunately they're exactly the same. It astounds me how shit like this gets through driver and game testing. I had similar issues with DIRT: Showdown and had to manually edit the SLI profile to get proper performance; Borderlands 2 didn't support it out of the box; it took several updates for The Witcher 2 to perform properly; the F1 2012 demo was completely broken; Civilization V has issues with nVidia's auto-downclocking (it drops clock speed if you stay in the same location - then when you move it stutters while the clock speed ramps up).

In fact I had less trouble with the Crossfire setup I had previously, though I still prefer nVidia overall (marginally).

For your Civ V issues, get the newest version of EVGA Precision X and use the functionality called "K Boost" which makes it so the cards stay at the same clock rates/voltages for as long as the program is open. I assume this will also help with TDR issues, if anyone is still experiencing them in Firefox/TF2/Whatever.

Last SLI setup I had (not even a year ago) was 2x8800GT and they worked wonderfully, although it did take some driver tweaking in some instances.
 
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10. Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers Oct 24, 2012, 08:18 John
 
Yeah, well that is quite a high res! I better stick with 1080p max because the extra horsepower required for anything higher would be too much for me.  
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9. Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers Oct 24, 2012, 07:46 theyarecomingforyou
 
John wrote on Oct 23, 2012, 23:25:
Wow, you have dual GTX680 cards in SLI? Is one not enough for any game to run with all graphics set to max? I got one GTX660 and it runs everything smooth as silk.
I game at 2560x1600 at maximum settings, so while a single card is fine for many games there are many that struggle to maintain 60fps (Crysis 2, Metro 2033, Alan Wake, The Witcher 2, Batman: Arkham City). I initially bought just the one card. I've also got them both overclocked.

I'm disappointed that multi-GPU setups are so flaky and involve a lot of manual tweaks to get games working but the resulting experience in-game is worth it for me, as I've always been a PC enthusiast. Without SLI there is simply no way to game at 2560x1600 at 60fps with maximum settings.
 
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8. Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers Oct 24, 2012, 06:57 Tim
 
I agree - i've got two 670 FTWs in SLI and i'm amazed how well SLI works.. I've spent years going for single-most-powerful cards because SLI did suck but I can wholeheartedly say it's no longer the case and the scaling is impressive. I don't doubt there are problems (nothings perfect) but a 580->680 upgrade just wasn't much of a bump for me versus the performance i get out of these cards.
 
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7. Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers Oct 24, 2012, 05:08 edaciousx
 
You guys are insane. I have two GTX 480s and I've got to say it's the best upgrade ever. I almost never have problems with games, even when I first got them. Some games didn't perform that well with two but after a few drivers I basically got a 80% increase vs one gtx 480.  
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6. Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers Oct 24, 2012, 02:06 Ant
 
NegaDeath wrote on Oct 23, 2012, 23:48:
Jerykk wrote on Oct 23, 2012, 23:26:
SLI/Crossfire has never been reliable. That's why I went with a single GPU for my last upgrade. It just feels like a waste paying $900+ when you almost never get double the performance. In many cases, you don't even get 70% more performance. Then you have all the games that either don't support SLI/Crossfire at all or run worse when it's enabled. It's just not worth the hassle.

I'll never go SLI/Crossfire. Too many bugs with it and the tech advances so fast a new single card in the near future will overpower your two older cards.
Ditto. Too much heat and power as well. If I had two same cards, then I would keep the second one as a backup or put in another computer.
 
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5. Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers Oct 24, 2012, 01:04 Fantaz
 
John wrote on Oct 23, 2012, 23:25:
Wow, you have dual GTX680 cards in SLI? Is one not enough for any game to run with all graphics set to max? I got one GTX660 and it runs everything smooth as silk.

Well it depends on how high your resolution and the number of monitors you've got.
 
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4. Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers Oct 23, 2012, 23:48 NegaDeath
 
Jerykk wrote on Oct 23, 2012, 23:26:
SLI/Crossfire has never been reliable. That's why I went with a single GPU for my last upgrade. It just feels like a waste paying $900+ when you almost never get double the performance. In many cases, you don't even get 70% more performance. Then you have all the games that either don't support SLI/Crossfire at all or run worse when it's enabled. It's just not worth the hassle.

I'll never go SLI/Crossfire. Too many bugs with it and the tech advances so fast a new single card in the near future will overpower your two older cards.
 
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3. Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers Oct 23, 2012, 23:26 Jerykk
 
SLI/Crossfire has never been reliable. That's why I went with a single GPU for my last upgrade. It just feels like a waste paying $900+ when you almost never get double the performance. In many cases, you don't even get 70% more performance. Then you have all the games that either don't support SLI/Crossfire at all or run worse when it's enabled. It's just not worth the hassle.  
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2. Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers Oct 23, 2012, 23:25 John
 
Wow, you have dual GTX680 cards in SLI? Is one not enough for any game to run with all graphics set to max? I got one GTX660 and it runs everything smooth as silk.

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1. Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers Oct 23, 2012, 22:00 theyarecomingforyou
 
I was hoping these would address SLI performance, as with SLI enabled I get less than 30fps - disabled I get 60fps. Unfortunately they're exactly the same. It astounds me how shit like this gets through driver and game testing. I had similar issues with DIRT: Showdown and had to manually edit the SLI profile to get proper performance; Borderlands 2 didn't support it out of the box; it took several updates for The Witcher 2 to perform properly; the F1 2012 demo was completely broken; Civilization V has issues with nVidia's auto-downclocking (it drops clock speed if you stay in the same location - then when you move it stutters while the clock speed ramps up).

In fact I had less trouble with the Crossfire setup I had previously, though I still prefer nVidia overall (marginally).
 
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