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randir14 04-09-2012 03:51 PM

Latest Nvidia Driver Comes With New Features
 

Nvidia has released their 301.24 driver, which along with various performance improvements comes with several new features.

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NVIDIA FXAA Technology shader-based anti-aliasing technology available from the NVIDIA Control Panel that enables ultra-fast anti-aliasing in hundreds of PC games. FXAA delivers similar quality to 4x multi-sample antialiasing (MSAA) but is up to 60% faster, enabling substantially higher performance in games. FXAA is supported on all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs. Note: This feature is disabled for games that already have built-in support for FXAA. Visit GeForce.com to learn more.

NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync dynamically enables vertical sync based on your current frame rates for the smoothest gaming experience. Adaptive VSync is supported on all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs. Visit GeForce.com to learn more.

NVIDIA Frame Rate Target dynamically adjusts frame rate to a user specified target. Support for this feature is enabled via third party applications via NVAPI.
If you're an Nvidia owner and you want to try the new driver, you can get it here.

Orphiuchus 04-09-2012 03:55 PM

After the issues I've had in Saints Row 3 and Batman:AC I'm never buying ATI again. Looks like Nvidia is working to make that choice even easier.

Zelos 04-09-2012 03:59 PM

The Adaptive Vertical Sync intrigues me.

randir14 04-09-2012 04:08 PM

I just tested the FXAA and Adaptive vsync in Darksiders and it all worked great.

Mozgus 04-09-2012 04:12 PM

I hope they've gotten rid of that little stutter when adaptive vsync enables and disables. Its not a very smooth transition.

Mozgus 04-09-2012 04:15 PM

Also nvidia's fxaa isn't quite as nice as what I've seen in games that support it natively like CS:GO and Skyrim. It blurs everything overall, even the on screen fonts. It can make a game like EVE or Guild Wars absolutely nasty to read anything.

VIVIsectVI 04-09-2012 04:48 PM

It's still a beta driver so that may have something to do with any issues it's causing.

rubbishfoo 04-09-2012 04:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Zelos (Post 2110862)
The Adaptive Vertical Sync intrigues me.

Same here - looks interesting. I have a friend up north who had a pair of the 3-D goggles too. I tried em out playing Ledt 4 Dead & was amazed. Not perfect tech - but close enough for my brain to figure out.

That said, I'm currently running ATI, but will likely swap over to Nvidia on my next purchase if they are still tied for the lead.

Emabulator 04-09-2012 05:47 PM

Thanks for the heads-up hommie!

Games with native support for FXAA do run better than they do with MSAA. In games like Shogun 2: Total War, a bit of a hog, it definitely helps.

sai tyrus 04-09-2012 06:07 PM

I want a graphics card update first! Running a GTX 275!

VenomUSMC 04-09-2012 08:57 PM

Finally making my investment in quad 680s worth it.

Emabulator 04-09-2012 09:19 PM

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Originally Posted by VenomUSMC (Post 2110916)
Finally making my investment in quad 680s worth it.

Running games at 2650 x 1600 with 8xAA would be nice! :)

HB_IKE 04-09-2012 09:20 PM

That is really weird. ATI and AMD are losing the battle big time

sai tyrus 04-10-2012 01:59 AM

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Originally Posted by VenomUSMC (Post 2110916)
Finally making my investment in quad 680s worth it.

The thought of such a thing hurts my head!

Demo_Boy 04-10-2012 06:38 AM

Every time that it comes around to buy a video card ATI is in front.
That said, I always have niggling little issues with ATI through the years.
Maybe it is time to just buy an Nvidia and do less work to get my games run.

lockwoodx 04-10-2012 06:53 AM

NVIDIA invented $DLC and they still practice it today by slowly unlocking chips instead of selling you complete products. The 460 and the 560 are basically the same card except for the ti unclocking.

Zane 04-10-2012 09:04 AM

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Originally Posted by lockwoodx (Post 2110971)
NVIDIA invented $DLC and they still practice it today by slowly unlocking chips instead of selling you complete products. The 460 and the 560 are basically the same card except for the ti unclocking.

Pretty much every chip vendor does something like this if they have multiple tiers of products. Intel & AMD have done similar things over the years as well. It makes it so they can basically have one assembly line for multiple chips with a very minor tweak at the end of assembly to generate chip X and chip Y.

With AMD you can turn a 6950 into a 6970 via a BIOS hack.

Wolfgang 04-10-2012 09:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Zane (Post 2111001)
Pretty much every chip vendor does something like this if they have multiple tiers of products. Intel & AMD have done similar things over the years as well. It makes it so they can basically have one assembly line for multiple chips with a very minor tweak at the end of assembly to generate chip X and chip Y.

With AMD you can turn a 6950 into a 6970 via a BIOS hack.

That is because a 6950 is a failed 6970, that is why you can hack it into a 6970.

AMD sets out to build X number of 6970 chips. When the make the chips Y percent don't meet the specs to be a 6970, so they underclock them, disable features, etc... and market them as a 6950. Then modders hack them back to 6970 running the risk of getting crashes, etc... Many modders have additional cooling in their systems, etc.. that the average consumer does not and therefore they can get away with running their 6950 at a higher clock speed than it is rated to run.

Also not all AMD chips are made on 1 line. The 6800 and 6900 series use different cores and many of the newer chips are made using different processes 28nm, 40nm, etc... It isn't as simple as AMD makes a bunch of chips and does some XOR to disable or enable features.

Syl 04-10-2012 10:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Orphiuchus (Post 2110861)
After the issues I've had in Saints Row 3 and Batman:AC I'm never buying ATI again. Looks like Nvidia is working to make that choice even easier.

I'm curious what troubles you had. Those are probably the only two major PC games that I don't own, and my three week old AMD 7850 has been running every single other thing I throw at it flawlessly.

Syl 04-10-2012 10:50 AM

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012...things-future/

Talking bout the Anti-Aliasing.
(I use MLAA since i got my 7850, i didn't use AA at all on most titles with my older 4870)


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