Nvidia has christened the launch of its new mid-range graphics powerhouse with a new set of WHQL-candidate drivers. Along with adding support for the GeForce GTX 460, the v258.96 beta software brings improvements to the entire GTX 400-series, as well as various game performance optimizations, which of course vary between systems:

  • Up to 11% in Aliens vs. Predator (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
  • Up to 7% in Crysis: Warhead (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF – Gamer)
  • Up to 4% in H.A.W.X (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF – Very High)
  • Up to 10% in Just Cause 2 (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF - Concrete Jungle)
  • Up to 6% in Metro 2033 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
  • Up to 7% in Metro 2033 (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
  • Up to 10% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
  • Up to 12% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
  • Up to 4% in World in Conflict (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)

The latest release also updates PhysX to 9.10.0224 and the HD audio driver to 1.0.15.0, in addition to fixing a ton of bugs for much of the GeForce product line. You can find more information about the v258.96 beta drivers in the release notes (PDF), or grab your copy from our downloads section: Windows XP 32-bit, Windows Vista/7 32-bit, Windows Vista/7 64-bit.