With the announcement of the new GeForce GTX 560 video card yesterday (I hope to soon be able to do a quick test to see how it performs in stereo 3D mode with 3D Vision), Nvidia also made available a new beta version of their drivers with some interesting new features that go along with the typical and expected performance gains. An interesting thing regarding performance improvement in the new drivers is the claimed increased gaming performance by up to 12% for dual-core CPUs in CPU-limited cases. The new GeForce driver 275.27 beta also comes with further improved Nvidia Update functionality, so that it now also not only notifies of new drivers being made available, but also can download and install automatically SLI multi-GPU and anti-aliasing (AA) profile updates.
The new driver package includes version 275.22 3D Vision Controller driver, so you don’t need to download and install separately anything in order to enable the IR emitter and make 3D Vision work as it should, and apparently there is also improved 3D Vision IR emitter and 3D Vision glasses synchronization (not sure if this will lead to reduced crosstalk or may be addressing some issues present with AMD processor based PCs). The new driver also adds support for 3D Vision Photo viewer in Window Mode (check the View option in the player), and it adds support for one new 3D Vision-ready projector – the NEC NP-V300X series.
The new GeForce driver version 275.27 adds the following 3D Vision game profiles: Age of Empires Online, Battlefield Play4Free, Super Street Fighter IV and World of Tanks. It also has an improved profile for Portal 2 with fixed water reflection problem and updated convergence setting to provide a better user experience, as well as an improved profile for the The Witcher 2 that should provide better 3D Vision compatibility for all in-game effects.
Unfortunately currently I’m away for a few days from my stereo 3D system, so I’m unable to test the new drivers immediately, but you are welcome to share your feedback how they work for you…