Nvidia shakes up GeForce drivers with auto-update and more

NvidiaNvidia today released beta drivers for their 6-series and above GeForce graphics cards, updating CUDA, PhysX, 3DVision and HDMI audio drivers. But probably the biggest change in V270.51 is a new feature that prompts you when your drivers are out-of-date linking you to download the latest version for your particular card. It works in pretty much the same way as Microsoft’s Windows Update, in that you’ll receive a pop-up dialogue box in your taskbar.

‘Nvidia Update’ is an optional install when you download and run the latest beta, but I’m sure most Nvidia users will welcome this addition, saving the avid gamer from constantly checking the website for updates.

The drivers also include a wrath of performance updates for the GTX 560 Ti and GTX 580. In Dragon Age II alone Nvidia boast “6.2 times faster in a GeForce GTX 580 SLI configuration, 5.6 times faster in a GTX 560 Ti SLI configuration, 4.5 times faster on a single GTX 580, and 3.6 times faster on a single 560 Ti.”

Release 270 highlights:

  • Boosts gaming performance by as much as 6x.
  • Enables NVIDIA Update, an easy way to stay up-to-date with the latest GeForce drivers.
  • Fully integrates all 3D Vision drivers – including the 3D Vision USB Controller driver – for easy 3D Vision installation.
  • Expands 3D Vision window mode to include support for 3DTV Play, Windows Aero, and 3D Vision Notebooks.
  • Dramatically boosts 3D Vision and 3D Vision Surround performance in DirectX 9 games with SLI enabled.
  • Better 3D Vision performance when using Half-Life 2 games in 3D.
  • Adds support for applications using the new CUDA 4.0 features.

This is one of Nvidia’s biggest releases in long time and there are too many improvements to list here. You can find a rundown on all the changes with graphs and performance info over on Nvidia’s GeForce website.

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