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Making up for March's relatively dull update, Nvidia has announced what it deems an "essential upgrade for all GeForce users." Released yesterday, the 301.24 beta drivers carry many of the goodies introduced with the GTX 680 a few weeks ago, as well as new performance improvements, bug fixes and SLI/3D Vision profiles.
Among the new features is FXAA, an anti-aliasing technology that is supposedly up to 60% faster than 4xMSAA and offers similar, if not superior results to such "ageing" solutions. Nvidia offered a detailed comparison in Batman: Arkham City last December, showing how FXAA fares against varying degrees of MSAA and CSAA.
This week's beta drivers also pack Adaptive VSync, which automatically adjusts vertical sync depending on your game's frame rate to prevent screen-tearing and other hiccups. Vertical sync is enabled if your game reaches the ideal frame rate (i.e. 60fps) and it's disabled when speeds dips below the target performance.
GeForce 301.24 has a slew of Nvidia Surround enhancements, including the ability to enable a fourth "accessory display" for basic tasks like checking email and Web browsing, desktop management options, "bezel peeking" to reveal hidden game information, custom resolution management, and central display acceleration.
Nvidia touts another ~20% boost in Skyrim's indoor scenes (compared to last month's 296.10 WHQL release). Depending on your setup, you might also feel gains in Batman: Arkham City, Bulletstorm, Civilization V, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dragon Age 2, Far Cry 2, Just Cause 2, Metro 2033, Total War: Shogun 2, and StarCraft 2.
We've included a list of SLI and 3D Vision profile updates below and you'll find various bug fixes on page nine of the release notes. Considering Microsoft hasn't approved the update yet, you might want to wait a week or two until the WHQL build surfaces. If not, get downloading and share your findings in the comments.
New & Updated SLI Profiles
Call of Juarez: The Cartel
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link
Left 4 Dead
Orcs Must Die!
Risen 2: Dark Waters
The Darkness II
New & Updated 3D Vision Profiles
All Zombies Must Die! – Rated Fair
Ghosts 'n Goblins Online – Rated Good
Krater – Rated Poor
Oil Rush – Rated 3D Vision Ready
Postal III – Rated Good
Rayman Origins – Rated Good
SevenCore – Rated Fair
Stacking – Rated Good
Unigine Heaven Benchmark v3.0 – Rated 3D Vision Ready
Wargame: European Escalation – Rated Good
Warp – Rated Good
Wings of Prey – Rated Fair
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 contains four GPCs with a total of eight SMXs, 1536 CUDA cores, eight geometry units, four raster units, 128 texture units, and 32 ROP units. The base clock is 1006MHz, the GTX 680 also carries 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM running at 6008MHz with a 256-bit interface providing 6.0Gb/s of throughput. Dual six-pin power connectors feed the card's TDP of 195W.
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