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Nvidia 260.63 Beta Driver Offers Improved Install

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 7 comments

A more friendly way to install drivers.

Along with the launch of the GeForce GTS 450, Nvidia also pushed out a new beta driver release.

While the key point of the new driver is that it supports the GTS 450, there are also some performance enhancements for the other members of the Fermi family.

Notably, the maximum gains over the v258.96 drivers are:

GeForce GTX 480:

  • Up to 10% in StarCraft II (2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF Ultra)
  • Up to 14% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
  • Up to 16% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (SLI – 2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
  • Up to 6% in Aliens vs. Predator (SLI – 1920x1200 noAA – Tessellation on)

GeForce GTX 460:

  • Up to 19% in StarCraft II (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF Ultra)
  • Up to 15% in Battlefield Bad Company 2 (SLI – 2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
  • Up to 12% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (2560x1600 noAA)
  • Up to 9% in Aliens vs. Predator (1680x1050 4xAA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
  • Up to 7% in Metro 2033 (1680x1050 noAA – Tessellation on)
  • Up to 11% in Dirt 2 (SLI – 2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
  • Up to 12% in Crysis:Warhead (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF Gamer)
  • Up to 13% in Far Cry 2 (2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
  • Up to 12% in H.A.W.X (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF SSAO Very High)
  • Up to 5% in Just Cause 2 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
  • Up to 22% in Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (1920x1200 noAA)
  • Up to 5% in 3DMark Vantage (Extreme Preset)

Another new pleasing change is an overhauled install UI. As Nvidia explains on its blog:

"For over a year now, our installer team has been working on a complete redesign of the driver install experience and, with Release 260, we are excited to roll out the first phase of that redesign. Users will have the choice of a one-click express installation or a custom installation with new advanced capability. Specifically, the custom install options allow users to choose which driver components to install, including PhysX, 3D Vision and more. Also, for the advanced users that prefer to uninstall their older driver first, or rely on 3rd party driver cleaner software to completely remove older drivers, NVIDIA Install offers the choice of a clean install. During the clean install process, your older driver is completely removed from your system before seamlessly installing the new driver. Users will also notice that NVIDIA Install is faster, especially in the case of systems with multiple GPUs."

Grab the new driver for your system here.

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    jamie_macdonald , 16 September 2010 18:34
    Looking good ...Nice to see some install options and performance increases are allways welcome ^^
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    rebus_forever , 16 September 2010 18:39
    isnt this how ive been installing ccc?
    Always in the past used nvidia, 7600gt 7900gtx 9800gt then went for ati, excuse me i mean, radeon 5870.
    Never had any of the problems thus far with ati drivers other people have, just saying all of this so a moderately positive comment about ati dont get branded as fanboyism.
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    flaminggerbil , 16 September 2010 19:42
    Integrated driver cleaner, handy.
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    mi1ez , 16 September 2010 19:43
    just as AMD go steam!

    cleaner's a nice idea.
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    chriscornell , 16 September 2010 21:28
    But most importantly - Have they fixed dual-screen and HDTV issues, because the last driver could NOT handle my 1900x1080 monitor together with my 1366x768 HDTV. I had to reroll to the old driver to make things work. My digital tv was registered as a 1024x768 analog plug and play device :( 
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    damian86 , 17 September 2010 03:56
    nVidia is getting better now, butI don't think it can stop me of buying ati with 1400 processing cores!
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    jamie_macdonald , 17 September 2010 18:05
    They were not bad in the first place damian ...i bet they are glad you approve them now ...i bet we were all waiting to buy and now we can now your ati fanboiness approves? i'm glad you saved their business with that approval! LOL