NVIDIA Releases GPU Drivers for Windows 8

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The Windows 8 consumer preview was made available two weeks ago, and NVIDIA has already created drivers for the company’s GeForce and Quadro GPUs. NVIDIA states that the release represents the beginning of regular Windows 8 drivers updates. If you have a GeForce or Quadro GPU on your notebook or desktop, driver version 296.17 is available for download on NVIDIA’s website and as a part of Microsoft’s Windows Update. It can be downloaded manually here.

Driver updates for Windows 7 and XP are also available for download. It’s an equivalent version and is what NVIDIA calls a “quick refresh.” The update includes all of the code in a previous driver release for GeForce GPUs, code that allowed the frame rates of the GeForce GTX 560 and 560 Ti to go up by 19 percent while playing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It can be downloaded for Windows 7 and XP here.

Take a look at NVIDIA’s side-by-side graphical comparison for driver update 295.73 when compared to an older version (295.73 is the update that’s included in the most current driver, version 296.17).

NVIDIA also adds that the Windows 8 drivers support the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM), version 1.2, NVIDIA 3D Vision and 3DTV Play products. 

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