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New Nvidia Graphics Driver 260.89 WHQL is Now Available

October 18th, 2010 · 19 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

The new Nvidia graphics driver 260.89 WHQL is actually the first one to receive WHQL certification from Microsoft from the new Release 260 drivers, so if you are still using the bit problematic 260.63 beta or an older driver now might be a good chance to update it to this one. Starting with Release 260 Nvidia is adopting new packaging method for their drivers, including new installed and the 3D Vision drivers are also bundled inside the full package. However to still need to download a separate driver which is now called the 3D Vision Controller Driver, a driver that is needed for the IR transmitter that you connect to your PC via USB to get the sync signal for the 3D Vision active shutter glasses. Unfortunately there is still no 3D Vision Controller Driver version 260.89 made available, but you can use the older 260.63 version without problems, and if you are updating from a full 260.63 driver installation then you will most likely bot need to install the IR transmitter driver after the update.

So what is new in the new version of the driver, besides going out of beta stage. Well, mostly it adds support for the newly released GeForce GT 430 GPU, but that is only regarding the GPU driver with other things like performance boost in some applications and some new features that were introduced in the 260.63 beta. The new driver should also support the 3DTv Play feature for owners of 3D-capable HDTVs that also do have the 3D Vision bundle, because in order to use that feature you have to connect the IR transmitter to your PC… the commercial standalone 3DTV Play software is expected to be available later this year. So if you try the 3DTV Play support you are welcome to share details about how it works on your system, including details about the 3D TV you are using and on what PC hardware you are trying it. And unfortunately the issue when recording stereoscopic 3D videos with SLI setup that messes up your recorded right frame is still present in the new driver, so you still have to disable the SLI temporary in order to record stereo 3D videos with FRAPS (although this might need an update for FRAPS and not the GPU drivers…).

Download the Nvidia Graphics Driver 260.89 WHQL for 32-bit Windows…
Download the Nvidia Graphics Driver 260.89 WHQL for 64-bit Windows…
Download the 3D Vision Controller Driver version 260.63 beta if you need it…

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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mokagino // Oct 18, 2010 at 21:15

    Right after updating the driver, my Cyberlink powerdvd 10 stoped running the movies on 3d.
    error: Cyberlink PowerDVD could not enable 3D playback. try choosing a different 3D display device.

    the wiredest thing here is that the option “3d vision ready” gone…

  • 2 Rakayos // Oct 19, 2010 at 09:09

    Same for me…
    I reinstalled the last patch from Cyberlink for Powerdvd 10 and it works again :-)

  • 3 Max // Oct 19, 2010 at 11:01

    Is there any hack to install the stereo driver without the usb emitter? I want to use my 120Hz DLP projector with DLP link glasses, so i don’t have to buy a whol nvidia kit.

  • 4 Bloody // Oct 19, 2010 at 11:12

    No, without the IR transmitter plugged in you only get the free anaglyph mode available with the 3D Vision driver… You can however try the iZ3D driver with the DLP Link shutter glasses and the 120Hz projector.

  • 5 Max // Oct 19, 2010 at 11:49

    I heard that iz3d a little buggy, or don’t work with many games.
    I don’t know the current version support.
    It was good the old times, when the nvidia driver only needs the compatible geforce card, and nothing else.

  • 6 Bloody // Oct 19, 2010 at 12:52

    Still if it works it is better to have something to use than nothing… ;)

  • 7 chris // Oct 19, 2010 at 14:49

    i had to get rid of em , all my currently installed gamed failed to work, even clicking on nv control panel crashes.

  • 8 MarkyD // Oct 19, 2010 at 14:56

    You can purchase (soon) a separate piece of software from nVidia that will enable you to use 3D Vision on your TV using the glasses that came with your TV.

    It converts the output generated from your video card into an HDMI 1.4a signal.

    The software is called 3D TV Play and is detailed here : http://3dvision-blog.com/nvidia-is-getting-ready-for-3d-hdtv-support-with-3dtv-play/

  • 9 Bloody // Oct 19, 2010 at 16:29

    Chris, choose custom installation and select the option to make a clean install in order to remove the older drivers… probably you got something messed up with older versions and that caused the trouble.

  • 10 chris // Oct 19, 2010 at 19:47

    bloody, thanks for reply i tried that just now same issues, i re-installed dx9 etx , had to revert back again, soon ans i click on nvidia display properties it crashes, win7 64bit any other ideas ywould be a great help.

  • 11 Franco // Oct 19, 2010 at 19:50

    I’m really frustrated about how Nvidia is handling these new 260 drivers. They seem to be lost for me.

    I was using drivers 260.89 and I was able to play bluray3D in my Samsung 3D Plasma using Power DVD 10 2213. Now since I have installed the new WHQL for these drivers, I can’t anymore.

    I’m just not really pissed cause I have a Sammy bluray3D player that I use to watch movies in 3D. But it’s good to have PDVD working as well, so I don’t have to keep burning BD-R disks all the time.

    Good job Nvidia!!!!!!!!! The official drivers are worst than the beta ones.

    I’ve reinstalled Power DVD patch 2213, didn’t help at all.
    Now, when playing games in 3D in my Alienware 120hz display or trying to watch bluray3D using PDVD or TMT3 I have to press the IR receiver button to enable 3D, it doesn’t start in 3D automatic anymore. Good job Nvidia!!!!

    No profile for Medal of Honor, game is totally unplayable with 3D vision. One of the greatest release of the year forgotten by the green fairy. I know it uses Unreal Engine 3 that is buggy with 3D Vision, but Mass Effect 2 that uses the same engine is Ok, and totally playable with 3D. I don’t understand why MOH is completely messed up in 3D.

    No 3DTV Play yet for Samsung 3D Plasma owners. I’m very frustrated since I bought this TV mainly for gaming. It’s been 2 months I bought it, and still never been able to try out 3DTV Play. I only see HDMI 1.4 bluray3D when selecting my TV as primary display, no 3DTV Play logo and all 3D options are greyed out.

    I’ve tried Tridef drivers yesterday for the 1st time when I read my 3D TV was compatible with checkerboard format. So I Tryed it out and did not like so much. The performance hit is absurd, HUGE.
    I could only play Mafia 2 at 1280 x 720 with an average of 25fps. 1920 x 1080 is unplayable, to slow. GTA IV Episodes, even slower than Mafia 2, even at 720, average was 19FPS.

    Tridef 3D quality is far worse than Nvidia, as it uses checkerboard format, you see half the resolution per eye, so even at 1080p, it looks a lot worse than my 120hz display., 720p looks a lot worse, definatelly not worth buying these drivers.
    It doesnt work for many cool games that use DX10 and Dx11, it doesn’t even work with Batman that uses DX9, go figure??? ‘

    Guess I’ll have to wait for 3DTV Play, maybe someday it will be compatible with my Samsung PN63C8000 TV.

  • 12 Franco // Oct 19, 2010 at 20:01

    Bloody, I forgot to mention my system. I have a QX9650 at 3.83ghz and 2x GTX 480 SC in SLI. So, that may surprise you why I get such a shitty performance with Tridef drivers. My system is high end, and I play games like GTA IV Episodes and Mafia 2 in 3D in my Alienware 120hz display with average at 60fps with all settings maximized, physx high.

    I can’t understand why Tridef has such a HUGE performance hit???? Mafia play at 9 t 11fps at 1920 x 1080 and it doesn’t matter to change or turn off AA, Physx, only decreasing resolution makes it more playable. At 720p checkerboard 3D doesn’t look well at all, it’s not that shnning feeling that 3D gives life to a game, is just a sense of depth wth pop out and poor graphics.
    I don’t understand how some folks compares Tridef with 3D Vision. It’s a joke to compare.

    I’ll try IZ3D today and see how it goes. Do you think I’ll be more satisfied with IZ3D compared to crappy Tridef? It has side-by-side also which works with MY TV. Samsung works with all 3D formats available I guess, at least this is an advantage compared to others 3DTV’s from Sony, LG and Panasonic.

  • 13 Bloody // Oct 19, 2010 at 20:42

    Franco, there are some issues with Samsung 3D HDTVs that will probably be resolved soon or at least we are hoping for that in order for them to work well with 3DTV Play. Using TriDef or iZ3D will not be able to provide you with full resolution 1080p output to the TV no matter what mode as they do not yet support HDMI 1.4(a) frame packing method like the 3DTV Play does, so the quality won’t be as good. iZ3D has some support for DX10 and DX11, but it is still far from good, so stick to DX9 mode in order not to be disappointed. There are quite a few games where TriDef and/or iZ3D performs on par with 3D Vision or even better in some, but there are also much more where 3D Vision is handling better in general and much less problematic. The higher performance hit with iZ3D and TriDef comes from the fact that they were designed to work with general hardware and are not so closely optimized to a specific GPU and they do not take advantage of Crossfire/SLI at all or if they can in some specific conditions they are not utilizing it effectively at all…

  • 14 Mokagino // Oct 19, 2010 at 22:40

    Thanks Rakayos,
    i reinstalled the patch + downloaded the Samsing syncmaster 2233rz again and TA DA

    btw, now i got Gefore 260 gtx and i’m planning to upgrade to Gefore 465.
    will i feel any changes?

  • 15 Bloody // Oct 19, 2010 at 22:49

    Mokagino, you better reconsider and go to the GTX 460 with 1GB… it is faster and you might even find it cheaper than the GTX 465. There will be difference in performance as compared to the GTX 260, but don’t expect it to be like twice as fast… ;)

  • 16 Franco // Oct 19, 2010 at 23:52

    Thank you bloody for your patience in explanaing these precious details. It’s always good to learn 3D stuff from you, as you’re the best 3D source I know.

    So, the hit performance might explain why I only get 48% most use of my GPU’s when playing games with Tridef. I guess it does work with SLI, but in a weird way. I have a mini LCD screen in my Logitech keyboard so I can monitor the GPU use, and I’ve notice in Mafia 2 and GTA IV Episodes about 48% use of the GPU’s, never above 50% usage.

    So, you telling me that even if IZ3D works with DX10 and 11, it’s better to stick with DX9, cause the performance hit will be even worst with DX10? So IZ3D is about the same as Tridef, I guess I can’t expect much of a performance improvement, right?

    I’ll try IZ3D tonight, see how it goes. I guess the 3D graphics with these drivers will never be as good as 3DTV Play, cause of the 3D methods they use like you’ve explained. Can we say that a checkerboard format with Tridef or IZ3D, even at 1920 x 1080 won’t be ass good as 3DTV Play frame packing at 1280 x 720?

    I read some folks to were able to try 3DTV Play complaing about performance hit, I just hope it’s somehow better than the performance hit with Tridef and IZ3D, otherwise 3DTV Play was not really what I had in mind. Playing games in 720p at 60fps is OK, but at 20 to 30 frames, is not OK.

    I really don’t know what’s wrong with these Samsung 3D Plasma TV’s and 3DTV Play compability, since the Samsung 3D LED do work well with 3DTV Play, the problem are the 3D Plasma ones.
    Basically it’s the same TV, same menus, same functions, I don’t get what’s wrong, hope Nvidia does.


  • 17 Bloody // Oct 20, 2010 at 00:12

    Regarding iZ3D, it still has beta support for DX10 and DX11, so there are a lot of issues to clear up there… it is not a matter of performance hit, but a matter of actually being able to run a game normally in S3D mode in DX10 or DX11. In terms of performance hit the iZ3D and TriDef Ignition are quite comparable, I did some tests a while ago to compare them on not so demanding games.

    The 3DTV Play probably also needs some performance improvements, but I cannot confirm that as I still haven’t been able to test it extensively by myself.

    The DLP checkerboard pattern kind of halves the actual resolution, so the resulting 3D resolution is probably lower than 720p with 3DTV Play. I hope to soon be able to get a 3D HDTV for testing, but it will probably not be a Samsung, although they do have their own advantages… haven’t fully decided yet.

    Has anyone with Panasonic 3D HDTV been able to try the 3DTV Play with the new drivers already?

  • 18 Franco // Oct 20, 2010 at 03:06

    Bloody, If you check the Nvidia forums, there’s lots of guys with Panasonic 3DTV’s that are using 3DTV Play. It will work flawlessly since Nvidia and Panasonic are partners and 3DTV play was tested extensively in a Panasonic 3D HDTV.

    I’m pretty sure that you’re going to get Panasonic or a Samsung 3DTV for yourself, knowing the LED 3D TV’s no matter what brand suffers badly with crosstalk and ghosting.
    Samsung 3D Plasmas are the best buck for your pocket, they support all 3D formats, it’s media player is one of the best I’ve seen so far, like a TV BSplayer, plays every file, mkv, avi, ts, you name it. Don’t expect this from Panasonic. The overall quality for 3Dbluray are very similar for Pana and Sammy Plasma. I’ve compared both and it’s hard to tell a difference. Pana costs more and offers little advantage, maybe the image is a little bit better. The big advantage for Pana, is it’s Nvidia fully support.

  • 19 rahu // Oct 20, 2010 at 11:26

    Will this driver make it possible to update drivers in my Acer 5745G drivers, because normally nvidia drivers are not working with dual graphics where you have performance and battery saving configuration for display. Where inlet graphic mode saves battery and nvidia graphics mode gives performance, but you can not install nvidia graphic drivers on such notebook.

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