NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta

NVIDIA offers new beta version 285.38 drivers for GeForce GPUs, which are specifically for the Battlefield 3 beta (thanks Charles). Word is the drivers increase performance in Battlefield 3 by up to 38% while improving overall stability and image quality in the military shooter sequel. They also add new or updated SLI profiles for Battlefield 3, Dead Island, Diablo III, Dragon Age 2, Need for Speed: The Run, and Saints Row: The Third and fix a performance regression in 285.27 beta running Crysis 2 in DirectX 9. There are drivers for Windows Vista/Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 7 64-bit/Windows Vista 64-bit, and Windows XP 64-bit.
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta
Sep 27, 2011, 10:10
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DangerDog wrote on Sep 26, 2011, 17:10:
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 26, 2011, 15:33:
DangerDog wrote on Sep 26, 2011, 15:27:
Joker Windows XP drivers, really Nvidia?

BF3 doesn't support XP in any form.


The Third and fix a performance regression in 285.27 beta running Crysis 2 in DirectX 9.

Can you even run Crysis 2 in Win XP 64? Most games just flat don't support 64bit version of XP.
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Sep 26, 2011, 21:52
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta Sep 26, 2011, 21:52
Sep 26, 2011, 21:52
 
After installing these drivers I could not stream HD videos, once I rolled back to my old drivers the problem was gone. GeForce GTX 260 on Win7 x64.
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta
Sep 26, 2011, 17:15
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta Sep 26, 2011, 17:15
Sep 26, 2011, 17:15
 
Not sure about XP 64 but it runs fine in XP. The DX11 stuff were patched in after release, and I remember they were pretty much performance killers too.

I'll be curious to see how well my GTX570 will handle BF3. I don't think the beta will have any of the ultra settings in it, maybe medium or something. I am sure they do not want the beta run like a slideshow on most PCs and get people all pissy and cancel prorders or not even order at all.
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta
Sep 26, 2011, 17:10
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta Sep 26, 2011, 17:10
Sep 26, 2011, 17:10
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 26, 2011, 15:33:
DangerDog wrote on Sep 26, 2011, 15:27:
Joker Windows XP drivers, really Nvidia?

BF3 doesn't support XP in any form.


The Third and fix a performance regression in 285.27 beta running Crysis 2 in DirectX 9.

Can you even run Crysis 2 in Win XP 64? Most games just flat don't support 64bit version of XP.
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta
Sep 26, 2011, 16:55
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta Sep 26, 2011, 16:55
Sep 26, 2011, 16:55
 
McSterls wrote on Sep 26, 2011, 16:18:
Just saw that those Recommended System Specs from a few weeks ago were for Medium Quality only, Ultra quality requires 2 580 GTX's in SLI mode.

Every little bit these new drivers can help the better.

Eh, Ultra probably includes SSAO, 16x supersampling, and all kind of ungodly performance-killing settings.
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta
Sep 26, 2011, 16:40
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta Sep 26, 2011, 16:40
Sep 26, 2011, 16:40
 
It states very clearly that the 38% performance increase was "measured vs. GeForce 285.27 driver on GeForce GTX 570 at 2650x1600 (DX11)."
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta
Sep 26, 2011, 16:33
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta Sep 26, 2011, 16:33
Sep 26, 2011, 16:33
 
SirKnight wrote on Sep 26, 2011, 15:22:
^Drag0n^ wrote on Sep 26, 2011, 14:33:
Are these really new "drivers" or just setting profiles wrapped in the same old driver.

Why a game requires special drivers is beyond me. Adhere to the API standard(s): quit taking shortcuts.

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Yes these are new drivers, not just a profile.

Learn how drivers really work and do some profiling with various games/apps and it will be more clear why you need special optimizations. A good place to start is the Mesa codebase or any of the open source linux 3d drivers.

I get that. Even been in those shoes.

I'm just not endorsing the, "screw how the driver is, I'm doing it this way," philosophy, and relying on nvidia/ATI to patch out a new driver for your game, just to ensure that it works correctly without stuttering, skipping, or just plane having shitty framerates. This CAN be addressed at the application level. Using a recent example: Deus Ex and stuttering. Special driver? No. Game Engine patch? Yes. Got 3 of them, in fact. Problem solved. Without a new driver for "Deus Ex Compatibility."

My point? 90-95% of games run out-of-the-box without graphics performance issues. Making a horrible user experience out of the box is ALWAYS a bad plan, even if it is fixed with a patch later (be it by the studio or a hardware vendor). RELYING on the 3rd party to ake your program run well is ALWAYS the worst, last option. The only reason they are getting away with it here is because BF3 will probably sell millions of units worldwide, and a shitload of hardware along with it.

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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta
Sep 26, 2011, 16:18
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Sep 26, 2011, 16:18
 
Just saw that those Recommended System Specs from a few weeks ago were for Medium Quality only, Ultra quality requires 2 580 GTX's in SLI mode.

Every little bit these new drivers can help the better.
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta
Sep 26, 2011, 15:33
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Sep 26, 2011, 15:33
 
DangerDog wrote on Sep 26, 2011, 15:27:
Joker Windows XP drivers, really Nvidia?

BF3 doesn't support XP in any form.


The Third and fix a performance regression in 285.27 beta running Crysis 2 in DirectX 9.
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta
Sep 26, 2011, 15:27
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Sep 26, 2011, 15:27
 
Joker Windows XP drivers, really Nvidia?

BF3 doesn't support XP in any form.
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta
Sep 26, 2011, 15:22
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta Sep 26, 2011, 15:22
Sep 26, 2011, 15:22
 
^Drag0n^ wrote on Sep 26, 2011, 14:33:
Are these really new "drivers" or just setting profiles wrapped in the same old driver.

Why a game requires special drivers is beyond me. Adhere to the API standard(s): quit taking shortcuts.

^D^


Yes these are new drivers, not just a profile.

Learn how drivers really work and do some profiling with various games/apps and it will be more clear why you need special optimizations. A good place to start is the Mesa codebase or any of the open source linux 3d drivers.
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta
Sep 26, 2011, 14:42
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Sep 26, 2011, 14:42
 
^Drag0n^ wrote on Sep 26, 2011, 14:33:
Are these really new "drivers" or just setting profiles wrapped in the same old driver.

Why a game requires special drivers is beyond me. Adhere to the API standard(s): quit taking shortcuts.

^D^
Well there are BF3 ads in this driver, guess that all the update was. These driver release notes always claim all kinds of performance boosts but I personally have never really experienced any tremendous perf. boosts in any of the games with new drivers. More of a compatibility and crash issues if running old drivers then perf. boost.
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta
Sep 26, 2011, 14:33
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Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers for BF3 Beta Sep 26, 2011, 14:33
Sep 26, 2011, 14:33
 
Are these really new "drivers" or just setting profiles wrapped in the same old driver.

Why a game requires special drivers is beyond me. Adhere to the API standard(s): quit taking shortcuts.

^D^
"Never start a fight, but always finish it."
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Sep 26, 2011, 14:06
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Zyrxil wrote on Sep 26, 2011, 11:28:
38%, that's crazy. I'd like to see the conditions and settings that kind of improvement occurs under.

Yeah..their bullshit percentages always baffle me.
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Sep 26, 2011, 13:12
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Sep 26, 2011, 13:12
 
Notice how it says "up to" Its probably really gonna be something like from 10 to 13 fps
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Sep 26, 2011, 12:56
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Probably some ultra high settings where it went from 10fps to 13.8fps
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38%, that's crazy. I'd like to see the conditions and settings that kind of improvement occurs under.
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