It appears Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Labs has graced last week's beta GeForce drivers with a stamp of approval. WHQL-certified versions of the GeForce/Ion 258.96 driver popped up on Nvidia's site today, and they're readily awaiting your download below.

After skimming through the release notes (XP, Vista/7), it seems little if anything has changed from the previous software. The update adds support for the recently-launched GeForce GTX 460, fixes some bugs, and offers various speed improvements for a number of PC games:

  • 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)

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