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New Nvidia GeForce 301.42 WHQL Drivers Are Now Available

May 23rd, 2012 · 16 Comments · General 3D News

Nvidia has made available for download the first WHQL-certified unified driver from the R300 family of drivers, namely the version 301.42. The new WHQL driver builds on top of the already introduced new features in the previous 301.24 Beta release, bringing fixed bugs, improved functionality, 4-way GTX 670 SLI support etc as well as new 3DTV Play display support.

New 3DTV Play support for the following displays:

– Mitsubishi HC7800D Projector
– Samsung UE40ES6530 3DTV
– Samsung UE40ES6710 3DTV
– Samsung UE46ES8000 3DTV
– Samsung UN40ES6500F 3DTV
– Sharp LC-70C7450U 3DTV

New and Updated 3D Vision Profiles:

– Adam’s Venture Episode 1 – Rated Poor
– All Zombies Must Die! – Rated Fair
– Blacklight: Retribution – Rated Poor
– Depth Hunter – Updated profile
– Dirt: Showdown – Rated Good
– Ghosts ‘n Goblins Online – Rated Good
– Krater – Rated Poor
– Oil Rush – Rated 3D Vision Ready
– Passion Leads Army Benchmark – Rated 3D Vision Ready
– Postal III – Rated Good
– Rayman Origins – Rated Good
– Resident Evil: Operating Raccoon City – Rated Fair
– rFactor 2 – Changed rating to 3D Vision Ready
– SevenCore – Rated Fair
– Stacking – Rated Good
– The Darkness II – Updated in-game recommended settings
– Trackmania 2: Canyon – Rated Fair
– Unigine 3.0 Heaven Benchmark – Updated profile
– Unigine Heaven Benchmark v3.0 – Rated 3D Vision Ready
– Wargame: European Escalation – Rated Good
– Warp – Rated Good
– Wings of Prey – Rated Fair
– World of Tanks – Changed rating to Excellent

Have in mind that some of these profiles have already been introduced in the previous beta version of the drivers. If you are an avid World of Tanks games now you might want to check out the game with 3D Vision as it should be quite good. The game rFactor 2 (still in development) should be 3D Vision ready when it is released.

More on what is new and improved in the Nvidia GeForce 301.42 WHQL Drivers…

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Nvidia has Announced New Series 600 Mobile Kepler and Fermi GPUs

March 22nd, 2012 · 6 Comments · General 3D News

After some the time waiting for the next generation of graphics chips Nvidia has finally announced their new Series 600 full range of mobile GPUs, but it appears not all of them will be based on the new Kepler architecture. Those new GPUs include Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M, GeForce GTX 670M, and GeForce GTX 660M in the enthusiast segment; GeForce GT 650M, GeForce GT 640M, GeForce GT 640M LE, GeForce GT 635M in the performance segment and GeForce GT 620M in the mainstream segment. And the 610M based on the older Fermi architecture has been available already for a while in notebooks, so it is nothing new actually. These new graphics processors should be starting to make their way in the latest offerings from different laptop makers, with Acer being the first on the market with their Acer Aspire M3-581TG Ultrabook that comes based on Intel’s Sandy Bridge platform and is equipped with GeForce GT 640M GPU. But there should soon be others coming with the next generation mobile platform from Intel expected to be released very soon…

But what is so interesting about this new Acer Aspire M3 Ultrabook? Well, the fact that this is actually the first Ultrabook to come on the market with a discrete GPU on-board and not only with integrated graphics in the CPU. And the GeForce GT 640M has 384 processor cores running at 625 MHz with 1GB memory making it pretty fast for a mobile graphics chip, so you can actually get the best of both worlds – mobility and performance. Te new GeForce GT 640M comes as a replacement for the previous generation 540M Fermi GPU, bringing significant performance increase and making you able to play most recent games in High detail levels. The laptop comes with support for Nvidia’s Optimus technology bringing extended battery life (up to 8 hours according to specs) when the extra graphics power is not required. And now the not so good news, while the GPU supports 3D Vision and 3DTV Play, the fact that the laptop uses Optimus is still kind of making the laptop unable to work with external HDMI 1.4 3D displays in stereo 3D mode. I was hoping that Nvidia was finally able to make the Optimus technology play nice with 3D Vision and 3DTV Play, but it seems we’ll have to wait some more for that to happen, hoping that it will actually happen. And while the 640M does support both 3DTV Play and 3D Vision, there are two GPUs from the mobile 600 Series that according to Nvidia will not support them, these are the mainstream models GeForce GT 620M and GeForce 610M. There is some light in the tunnel though, I’ve noticed “Optimus for 3D Vision” mentioned for an upcoming laptop from Toshiba that will be featuring GeForce GTX 670M GPU. And while that laptop will probably have a 3D-capable display it is interesting to see what Nvidia has done to make 3D Vision play nice with Optimus in the Toshiba Qosmio X870.

Now, moving on to a bit more details about what the new Series 600 mobile GPUs from Nvidia will be, the top two high-end models GeForce GTX 675M, GeForce GTX 670M all be based on a revised Fermi architecture, so no Kepler here unfortunately and the bit slower GeForce GTX 660M will be the highest-end mobile Kepler product for now. We’ll probably have to wait some more for a really high-end model, probably 680M to be released, hopefully based on the Kepler architecture as the difference in terms of performance between these three GPUs most likely isn’t that high, considering that their specifications are quite close to each other.

Moving on to GeForce GT 650M and GeForce GT 640M, GeForce GT 640M LE and GeForce GT 635M. The GT 650M and 640M are based on the 28nm Kepler architecture, while GT 640M LE will apparently have a Fermi and a Kepler version making it more confusing for the users while the GT 635M will be a Fermi-based chip. Looking at the specs of the GeForce GT 650M and GeForce GT 640M they seem to be not that much lower compared than the higher-end models above.

And moving to the lower-end products GeForce GT 630M and GeForce GT 620M we can see something else interesting – they are both based on Fermi architecture, but the GT 630M will have a 28 and 40 nm versions while the GT 620M will be only available in a 28 nm chip.

And from all the new announced so far laptops that will be featuring the new mobile GPUS from Nvidia the Toshiba Qosmio X870 seems to be the only interesting model for anyone interested in getting a mobile 3D-capable solution. If you remember, Toshiba was eager to announce the Qosmio X870 earlier this month, but without revealing much details about the GPU and CPU. And now we know it will feature the GeForce GT 670M, so definitely a higher-end 17.3-inch mobile solution meant for gamers and enthusiasts. Hopefully more laptop makers will have mobile 3D-capable solutions based on the new GPUs from Nvidia as even the GeForce GT 640M can handle quite well games in stereo 3D mode on a 1366×768 resolution display, much better than a 540M can. And hopefully with the new GPUs introduced we are also finally going to be seeing some interesting ultra-portable laptops with 3D display coming in up to 13-14-inch display size as well, but the last one is just wishful thinking.

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New GeForce Beta Driver 296.17 for Windows 8 Consumer Preview

March 13th, 2012 · 3 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

About two weeks ago Microsoft has made available the Windows 8 Consumer Preview for download, so that everyone interested can test the early preview version of the OS and now Nvidia has just released a full set of drivers for all of their GPUs. The just released GeForce Beta Driver 296.17 are available for both GeForce and Quadro GPU-based desktops and notebooks on Nvidia’s website as well as on Microsoft’s Windows Update. Windows 7, vista and Windows XP users aren’t left out either. An equivalent driver, version 296.10 (WHQL-certified) is also available from today with it and the Windows 8 version being a quick refresh in terms of features and support from the recently released version GeForce 295.73 drivers. The new GeForce version 296.10 drivers add 3D Vision support for the following games: Dear Esther – Rated Good and Deep Black: Reloaded – Rated 3D Vision Ready.

The new Nvidia Windows 8 video drivers support all the features of the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) v1.2 and also support the 3D Vision and 3DTV Play products, allowing you to play more than 600 games, watch Blu-ray movies and view photos in 3D. With Windows 8’s new built-in stereoscopic 3D support in DirectX 11, 3D Vision is poised to provide users the best platform for games and applications according to Nvidia.

And now for some more details about what features are supports and what not in the new Windows 8 Consumer Preview drivers from Nvidia based on the information available form Nvidia:

What 3D Vision features are available right now on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview?
Currently all fullscreen 3D Vision and 3DTV Play functionality is available on Windows 8 Consumer Preview. This include games, 3D Vision Photo Viewer, 3D Vision Video Player, and Blu-ray 3D. 3DVisionLive.com and 3D Vision window mode support will be available at a later date.

I read that Windows 8 now natively supports stereoscopic 3D. What applications can I use to test that?
Please use the samples from MSDN to test Windows 8 native 3D support: Direct3D stereoscopic 3D sample

I noticed Microsoft now has a stereoscopic 3D option on their display properties control panel. How do I enable 3D Vision on Windows 8 Consumer Preview?
Please use the traditional NVIDIA Control Panel > Set up stereoscopic 3D options to enable 3D Vision and 3DTV Play.

What 3D Vision features are enabled on Windows 8 Metro user interface?
The current NVIDIA Windows 8 Consumer Preview drivers do not support these products. We are working on drivers to support these products later this year. The feature support will include 3D Vision Photo and Video Player applications and also 3D applications.

Is NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround supported on Windows 8 Consumer Preview with the current 3D Vision drivers?
Yes, 3D Vision Surround is fully supported with the latest drivers.

Are “Optimized for GeForce” products such as glasses free 3D notebooks and passive 3D monitors supported on Windows 8?
The current NVIDIA drivers for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview do not support these products. We are working on drivers to support these products later this year.

Are 3D Vision DLP HDTVs 3DTV Play supported in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview?
The current NVIDIA Windows 8 Consumer Preview drivers do not support these products. We are working on drivers to support these products later this year.

I do not see a checkbox for stereoscopic 3D in the Microsoft Control Panel. How do I enable it in Windows 8?
After a clean install of the NVIDIA drivers, please reboot the system and the checkbox should show up.

I updated to Windows 8 and I can no longer play Blu-ray 3D movies. How can I fix this?
Blu-ray 3D players – such as Cyberlink, Roxio, and ArcSoft – need to be updated to support Blu-ray 3D playback on Windows 8. Please consult your software manufacturer to ensure you are using a version that supports Windows 8.

You can download the latest Nvidia GeForce video drivers form here…

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