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Giblets: Nvidia’s R335 Beta drivers available now

Nvidia has now publicly released the latest version of the Beta Geforce drivers along with an upgraded Geforce Experience UI and Nvidia Shield streaming to networks outside your home network. If you want to take a gander first create a restore point and then uninstall your current Geforce drivers using Display Driver Uninstaller, leaving unticked the box option to delete the Nvidia folders on your hard drive. The reason for this is because these are beta drivers, there’s absolutely no guarantee that they won’t stuff up your system somehow, even though it’s highly unlikely to happen. Want a brief summary of the performance improvements? Hit that button!

Download the drivers here: Windows Vista/7/8/8.1 32-bit; Windows Vista/7/8/8.1 64-bit; Windows XP 32-bit; Windows XP/Server 2003 64-bit

New in GeForce 337.50 Beta drivers

Performance – Introduces key DirectX optimizations which result in reduced game-loading times and significant performance increases across a wide variety of games. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration. Here are some examples of measured gains versus the previous 335.23 WHQL driver:

GeForce GTX 700 Series (Single GPU):

  •  Up to 64% in Total War: Rome II
  • Up to 25% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Up to 23% in Sleeping Dogs
  • Up to 21% in Star Swarm
  • Up to 15% in Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Up to 10% in Metro: Last Light
  • Up to 8% in Hitman Absolution
  • Up to 7% in Sniper Elite V2
  • Up to 6% in Tomb Raider
  • Up to 6% in F1 2013

GeForce GTX 700 Series (SLI):

  • Up to 71% in Total War: Rome II
  • Up to 53% in Sniper Elite V2
  • Up to 45% in Aliens vs. Predator
  • Up to 31% in Sleeping Dogs
  • Up to 20% in CoD: Black Ops 2
  • Up to 10% in Hitman Absolution
  • Up to 9% in F1 2013
  • Up to 7% in Far Cry 3
  • Up to 6% in Metro: Last Light
  • Up to 6% in Batman: Arkham Origins

SLI Technology:

  • Total War: Rome II – added profile
  • War Thunder – added profile
  • Watch Dogs – updated profile
  • Diablo III – updated profile

Gaming Technology:

  • Supports GeForce ShadowPlay™ technology
  • Supports GeForce ShadowPlay™ Twitch Streaming

3D Vision Profiles:

  • Path of Exile – rated “Good”
  • KickBeat – rating now “Excellent”

3D Compatiblity Mode Profiles:

  • Assassin’s Creed Liberation – previously “Not Recommended”, now rated as “Excellent”
  • Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army – previously “Good”, now rated as “Excellent”
  • Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 – previously “Good”, now rated as “Excellent
  • Strike Suit Zero – previously “Not Recommended”, now rated as “Good”
  • Watchdogs – rated as “Good”

Note that for many of you, when this driver reaches WHQL status it’ll be the last you’ll ever see if you’re running any GPU older than the Geforce 400 series. All of the older architectures that came before Fermi will be deprecated, their support stopped with only bug fixes implemented in the future, if they even get that. Windows XP support will also be cut off with the WHQL release of this driver, while Vista will continue on until such a time as the DirectX 11 platform becomes as old and outdated as DirectX 9.0c.

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