Catalyst 10.3/GeForce 197.13 Now WHQL Certified

On the eve of Nvidia's major GPU launch of the year, owners of current video cards are being treated to new, more optimized software drivers.

Today both Nvidia and ATI released new WHQL drivers for their GPU families. These drivers have been available in non-certified form a short while, but now they've been given the stamp of approval.

For the Nvidia bunch, this 197.13 driver resolves the overheating issue as well as the following:

  • Upgrades PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0129.
  • Upgrades HD Audio driver to version 1.0.9.1 (for supported GPUs).
  • Increases performance in several PC games from v196.21 WHQL. The following are examples of measured improvements. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:

        *  Up to 13% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with a single GPU.
        *  Up to 30% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with SLI technology.
        *  Up to 13% performance increase in H.A.W.X. with single GPU.
        *  Up to 15% performance increase in H.A.W.X. with SLI technology.
        *  Up to 30% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with single GPU.
        *  Up to 28% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with SLI technology.

  • Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for top new gaming titles including Assassin Creed II, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Command and Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight, Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City, Mass Effect 2, Napoleon: Total War, and Zombie Driver.
  • Enhanced SLI support for Metro 2033, Supreme Commander 2, Unigine, and World of Warcraft.
  • Adds override anti-aliasing support for Mass Effect 2.

For those who haven't yet grabbed the Catalyst 10.3 from the preview released last week, click here to look at the extensive list of performance boosts for the Radeon HD 4800 and 5000 series and then visit AMD to get the official download.

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  • silverblue
    Which GPUs benefit from the new drivers? AMD at least had the good grace to let us know which series were affected.

    The gains on those three games are remarkable but there's something fishy about it. Why take so long to do a sudden and significant performance boost? Are nVidia skimping on texture and shader quality in order to get back at AMD in the performance stakes, or have they really done their homework and delivered some cracking improvements?

    There's also no mention of these drivers working with the 470 and 480 cards...

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    Adds support for GeForce GT 320, GeForce GT 330, and GeForce GT 340.
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  • roots
    Updated my Cat's to 10.3 from 10.2.

    They decreased performance in BF BC2! Lots of FPS drops and even a crash after about an hour. Where as with 10.2 Ive only had one crash in about 40 hours of play!
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