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GeForce owners hoping to get the most out of new PC games may want to grab the latest drivers from Nvidia. Posted today, the 310.61 beta is deemed a minor update over last week's 310.54 beta release, but it improves support for Planetside 2 and Hitman: Absolution, both of which officially launched today. Folks playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II on a multi-GPU setup will also benefit from 310.61's new SLI profile.
Although 310.61 itself doesn't bring major changes, it's worth noting that it should carry all the tweaks made in the more substantial 310.54 release (PDF), including a 26% performance increase in Black Ops II and 18% in Assassin's Creed III over October's 306.97 WHQL drivers. It also boosts frame rates in some other titles, including Battlefield 3, Skyrim, StarCraft II, Dragon Age II, Batman: Arkham City and MoH: Warfighter.
Build 310.54 also brought new or updated SLI Profiles for Dirt: Showdown, Dota 2, Dou Zhan Shen, F1 2012, FIFA 13, Hawken, Hitman: Absolution, Natural Selection 2, Primal Carnage and Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad -- not to mention various 3D Vision profile enhancements. Naturally, a handful of bugs have also been solved, including one that caused system lock ups when playing games in Surround mode on GTX 690 quad-SLI rigs and another that caused a blue screen of death on Windows 8 with the GeForce 540M.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 features 3,072 CUDA cores, 4GB of GDDR5 RAM at 6.0Gbps running on a 512-bit bus and a base clock of 915MHz, although it can be boosted to 1019MHz. Video output is provided by three dual-link DVI ports and a single Mini-DisplayPort 1.2 output. Power is provided by two 8-pin connectors using a new 10-phase heavy duty power supply which is connected to a ten layer two-ounce copper PCB.
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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