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NVIDIA Releases New ForceWare Beta Drivers

Category: Video Cards, Software
Posted: 09:00PM

Going through the year, all companies usually release new and updated drivers for their products, and two main companies that computer enthusiasts and gamers follow are both AMD and NVIDIA. New Catalyst software for Radeon cards is released every month, and GeForce drivers are found on a semi-regular basis as well. Recently though, new ForceWare drivers have been pushed out from the graphics card manufacturer, labeled as 182.65, though there is also a 182.66 build up for download at the moment. In this version comes a new interesting feature, known as ambient occlusion, which is a function inside the control panel of the updated beta version of the NVIDIA ForceWare drivers. This option allows for some older games, such as Half-Life 2 and World of Warcraft, and some newer games, such as World in Conflict, to experience shadows that are normally hidden because of their softness in areas like the corners of a room and where objects meet walls. Sadly, this lighting enhancement will cost most games a frame rate hit of anywhere from twenty or forty percent, but should not be a problem on more advanced systems. The green team has also only included the feature inside of the new beta driver, and not the 182.50 ones that are considered stable for consumers.

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Flibo on April 5, 2009 03:55AM
Half-Life 2 is an old game and WoW is new? AFAIK WoW was released one WEEK after Half-Life 2 O_o Anyway, going to test the drivers now!
gebraset on April 5, 2009 10:17AM
Haha, my fault on that one. I didn't seem to catch that before I posted, lol.
tkrow21 on April 5, 2009 08:47AM
Bigevil954 on April 5, 2009 10:29AM
actually the beta releases are 185.65 and 185.66 not 182.65/66, 182.50 are the new WHQL releases http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_185.66_beta.html

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