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Nvidia has published its latest band of beta graphics drivers, giving GeForce owners a performance boost over last month's WHQL-certified release. Folks running the 280.26 drivers with GeForce 400 or 500-series cards stand to gain a 5 to 13% boost in a dozen or more PC games, including Call of Duty: Black Ops, Civilization V, Crysis 2, Dragon Age 2, F1 2010, Just Cause 2, Mafia 2, Metro 2033, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, and StarCraft II.
GeForce beta 285.27 also contains numerous 3D Vision-related changes, such as new game profiles for Aion, Diablo 3, Dead Rising 2: Off The Record, From Dust, Dirt 3 and others. It introduces support for viewing 3DVisionLive.com and YouTube 3D with SLI-enabled PCs, and it makes windowed mode the default viewing option for the 3D Vision Photo Viewer. You'll find the full release notes here (PDF) or just view one of our download pages:
There are four bug fixes for Windows XP 32- and 64-bit: two pertaining to single-GPU configurations and two for multi-GPU setups. The first set are minor software glitches with Nvidia Update, while the latter pair seem more noteworthy. One caused a BSOD when playing Adobe Flash content at HD resolutions and then switching to fullscreen mode, while the other caused lousy performance in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings when using SLI.
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