GeForce 304.79 beta brings TXAA, SLI profiles and bug fixes

By on July 3, 2012, 5:00 PM

You've probably barely broken in June's 304.48 beta drivers, but Nvidia has already prepared another update that brings "essential" changes for The Secret World players as well as other improvements and fixes. Perhaps the most notable change in 304.79 beta is the inclusion of TXAA, which was first announced alongside the GTX 680 in March and is said to smooth more aliased edges than MSAA while also significantly reducing temporal aliasing.

The first title to support TXAA is the aforementioned Funcom MMORPG, The Secret World, which launched today in North America and Europe, conveniently enough. Nvidia promised to publish an in-depth look at TXAA in the game in the near future, but in the meantime, the company offers a launch-day interview with Funcom's CTO and lead designer. It's worth noting that the release notes say TXAA is only supported by GTX 600 series graphics cards.

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GeForce 304.79 beta drivers also carry new or updated SLI profiles for The Secret World, End of Nations, Nexuiz, Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Tornado Force and Tribes: Ascend. Bug fixes include some that caused compatibility issues with GTX 400 and 500 cards in Civilization V, flickering or missing mouse cursor with hardware cursor enabled, PCs to reboot instead of shutting down, and a black screen after driver installation.

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Guest said:

"It's worth noting that the release notes say TXAA is only supported by GTX 600 series graphics cards."

What they really mean is that older cards could easily do TXAA but they force it off in software as a selling point for the 600 series.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

With a high-res display, you don't need AA. Gimmicky.

Guest said:

Lol what? ofc AA is still important even on 1600p monitors unless your blind.

yRaz yRaz said:

With a high-res display, you don't need AA. Gimmicky.


champmanfan said:

Lol what? ofc AA is still important even on 1600p monitors unless your blind.

I game at 1200p and any object within 10 meters shows obvious jaggies, TXAA is bridging the gap between movie quality (+1 Nvidia) and playable framerates. MSAA x8 + FXAA is playable on GTX670/680/690 but the memory requirements are touching 1850MB on ultra in BF3 because of the old MSAA memory-intensive technique - this should let us play the game as originally intended.

Guest said:

Let me guess @ spydercanopus you also believe that FOV adjustments are a gimmik, and I wouldn't doubt that you think AF is a gimmik also..

*Face palm*

Coodu Coodu said:

I feel like a schmuck for just buying a 560Ti 448 card just before 600 series haha. Oh well was still an upgrade from my old 5770 :P

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

The 560 Ti is still a really good card. If it does what you need then there's nothing to feel bad about - there's always going to be something better you can wait for but then how long do you wait?

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I've got a 560Ti and its possibly one of the best graphics cards I've owned, I mean, it runs BF3 beautifully and everything else I throw at it, in fact pretty much everything runs on the highest settings with playable frame rates. I want to upgrade to a newer GTX670 purely so I can play BF3 on completely Ultra settings and slightly better frame rates (If I overclock the 560Ti this is all achievable but I get some stuttering and makes a loud noise).

Coodu Coodu said:

Yeah I'm really happy with it. I have a family so no point upgrading too often (Wife would kill me :P) I'm still running Bloomfield i7 but that ought to change soon

Overall though I'm really happy with the 560Ti, plays everything I want to play

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

A 560Ti is fine for 1080p and below. At 1600p and above the 570/580 put significant distance on it in demanding games/settings. Even in SLi GTX 560Ti's run out of power at high resolutions. And did I see someone talk about upgrading....A GTX 670 will slaughter a 560Ti, It would be a massive upgrade.

1 person liked this | Alpha Gamer Alpha Gamer said:

My first card was a HD 5770, than I upgraded to 560 ti. And I must say, this card rocks the house. Funny thing is although it had good performance on my 1055t, when I upgraded to 2500k it showed even better frame rate in some games. But not in all of them.

Talking about AA at high res, I game at 1080p and in no occasion I use more than 2x AA, but that's just me.

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