Download: Geforce 182.06 WHQL - More fps in Fear 2, Fallout 3 and HL2 (dt.)
Nvidia released a new WHQL driver for the Geforce graphics cards and promises up to 11 percent better performance in games. Especially Fear 2 is said to benefit and Vista related problems with shadows in Lord of the Rings Online are fixed.
Nvidia also integrated the Physx software in version 9.09.0203 into the package. The driver is available for the 32 and 64 Bit versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista and supports the graphics cards of the Geforce 6, 7, 8, 9 and GTX 200 series.
Release Highlights according to Nvidia:
New in Release 182.06:
• Recommended for the best experience in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.
• Boosts performance in several 3D applications. The following are examples of improvements measured with Release 182.06 WHQL drivers vs. Release 181.22 WHQL drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
- Up to 8% performance increase in Fallout 3 at high resolution and AA.
- Up to 10% performance increase in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
- Up to 9% performance increase in Half-Life 2 at high resolution with AA.
- Up to 11% performance increase in Left 4 Dead at high resolution with AA.
- Up to 10% performance increase in Race Driver: GRID at high resolution and AA.
• Includes full support for OpenGL 3.0 on GeForce 8-series, 9-series, and 200-series GPUs.
• Automatically installs the new PhysX System Software version 9.09.0203.
• Additional information on specific bug fixes can be found in the release documentation notes.
The test of the Geforce 182.05 Beta, which has the same optimizations as the new WHQL version, reveal that the performance benefits are available. You can visit the Nvidia website to download the Geforce 182.06 WHQL. There you can also take a look at the full Change Logs for Windows XP and Windows Vista.
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