Nvidia releases WHQL-certified GeForce 266.58 drivers

By Jos
Jan 18, 2011
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  1. Nvidia has just pushed out new WHQL-certified GeForce drivers, binging the package up to version 266.58. In addition to the usual fixes and performance enhancements in games like Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Far Cry 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and several others, the new driver also brings ambient occlusion support for Star Craft II: Wings of Liberty to improve the quality of lighting, shadows, and depth perception in many parts of the game.

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  2. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 195   +19

    I'll install it when I get home tonight.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,231   +314

    Well that was quick. They just came out with a new driver a couple of weeks ago. nVidia definitely does a great job on keep their drivers up to date.
  4. now if they'd only fix the complete *** performance in older games (q3 based fps's for one) and we'd be set.
  5. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 339   +19

    Just finished installing. Starcraft 2 still runs like crap with SSAO on, although perhaps a touch smoother. No measurable difference in Bad Company 2 considering the GTX580 already demolishes that game.

    The biggest and best fix (for me) is that they finally fixed the GTX 580 support for Adobe Photoshop CS5 64 bit. Thank you Nvidia!
  6. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,272   +90

    This is why I love Nvidia. They don't mess around when it comes down to keeping their drivers up to date.
  7. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TechSpot Addict Posts: 619   +118

    Yeah, forget stability. Constant updates are what's important.
  8. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 339   +19

    And what stability issues do you have?

    If you say you own an AMD card, then i'll pre-laugh at the idea of you having problems with current Nvidia cards.
  9. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TechSpot Addict Posts: 619   +118

    Actually, I've currently got a GTX 295 and it's still running modern games without any real fuss. The trouble is that a lot of nVidia drivers have been on the crashy side of things. Every so often, they manage to come out with some remarkably stable drivers. That's not as often as I'd like though. Between the 190.62 and the 260.99 drivers (not including those two obviously, they weren't crashy) most of the WHQL drivers caused various random CTDs and BSODs for me. Strangely enough, it's the beta drivers that have been the least troublesome. I will say that the 260.89 and the 260.99 drivers have been fine for me though and I have no idea about the 266.35 beta because I haven't tried it.
  10. BlindObject

    BlindObject Newcomer, in training Posts: 446

    World of Warcraft and SLI!!?? I can only imagine the frames I'll be getting on that. Does anybody know if BFBC2 and Dirt 2 actually support sli?
  11. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,847   +64

    They do, and scale very nicely. (around 95% at 1680, 1920)
  12. BlindObject

    BlindObject Newcomer, in training Posts: 446

    Whoo, actually these drivers fixed my dirt 2.It wouldn't sli before, now to try BFBC.
  13. i have geforce with cuda does that mean sumthing? plz i need to know what im workin with thank you
     
  14. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 Newcomer, in training Posts: 489

    New drivers are great but what exactly do owners of Geforce 8 and GTX 200 series cards, like myself, have to look forward to except for a change in the version number ?
  15. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,700   +586

    @fpsgamerJR62
    Not a great deal regarding performance...but then, these cards should already be as driver optimized as it's likely to get. Had you not realized that virtually all the weird performance holes and application problems that beset new cards don't affect GF6,7,8,9 and GTX2xx models?
    If a new game/ game engine launches and you can't play it commensurate with the cards' hardware ability then there is a genuine cause for concern.
  16. w3b0n

    w3b0n Newcomer, in training Posts: 38

    Nice, i will give them a try @ home

    This is one of the main reasons i stick with Nvidia!Drivers Up to date.


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