And by huge I don’t mean in MB sizes, but in the amount that it improves and expands on improvements the company has been making for the last few weeks in the beta drivers section. The new 310.70 driver set improves game performance for their entire Geforce 600-series lineup and brings updates to SLI compatibiliy as well as 3D profiles and better support for some of the games that use Ambient Occlusion. Hit the button to find out more. If you use a GTX660, GTX670 or GTX680, you’re going to be pretty happy, I bet.

These drivers have been incorrectly labeled as WHQL-tested, however. They aren’t certified but they are stable, so you should have no issues using them in your system. The driver package is an accumulation of the improvements beta users have been testing out for the last three months, so if you were already testing those out, today’s improvements won’t surprise you.

PERFORMANCE BOOSTS: (applies to Geforce 400, 500 and 600-series cards)

Depending on your system setup, Nvidia mentions that you might not get exactly the same improvements in the games listed here, nor will older GPU families gain the same performance numbers. Below reflects the promised improvements for the GTX680 and the GTX660.

Geforce GTX680:

  • Up to 38% in Far Cry 3
  • Up to 26% in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Up to 16% in Battlefield 3
  • Up to 18% in Assassin’s Creed III
  • Up to 9% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Up to 6% in Medal of Honor: Warfighter
  • Up to 6% in StarCraft II
  • Up to 6% in Dragon Age II
  • Up to 6% in Batman: Arkham City
  • Up to 5% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat

Geforce GTX660:

  • Up to 24% in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Up to 10% in Battlefield 3
  • Up to 7% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Up to 6% in Far Cry 3
  • Up to 5% in Dragon Age II
  • Up to 5% in Assassin’s Creed III
  • Up to 4% in Batman: Arkham City
  • Up to 4% in Medal of Honor: Warfighter
Note that while these performance improvements are only indicated for the GTX660 and GTX680, it should extend to the GTX660 Ti and the GTX670, as those are very closely related to the above cards. No mention of how much performance is improved for the GTX650 and GTX650 Ti, but rest assured they probably got some love as well.

Nvidia SLI PROFILE ADDITIONS/UPDATES:

  • Far Cry 3 – updated SLI profile
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – updated SLI profile
  • Dirt: Showdown – updated SLI profile
  • Dota 2 – updated SLI profile
  • Dou Zhan Shen – updated SLI profile
  • F1 2012 – added SLI profile
  • FIFA 13 – added SLI profile
  • Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad – updated SLI profile
  • Hawken – added SLI profile
  • Hitman: Absolution – added SLI profile
  • Natural Selection 2 – added SLI profile
  • Primal Carnage – added SLI profile
SLI may have worked previsouly in these games but in the case of the updated profiles, it may not have worked as well as it should. Its becoming increasinly harder for Nvidia and AMD to stay ahead of major game releases and have everything working as it should on day one – this can only be remedied by having the developer teams work together during development of the game to make sure that things like multi-GPU and 3D work as advertised. In the case of new SLI profiles being added, they may leave some room for more performance tweaks in the future.

Nvidia 3D VISION PROFILE ADDITIONS/UPDATES:

  • 007 Legends – Fair
  • Assassin’s Creed III – Not Recommended
  • Bloody Good Time – Good
  • Bullet Run – Fair
  • Bunch of Heroes – Good
  • CABAL2 – Good
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 2 – Good
  • Carrier Command: Gaea Mission – 3D Vision Ready
  • Dark Souls – Fair
  • Dishonored – Fair
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 – Excellent
  • FIFA 13 – Good
  • Hawken – 3D Vision Ready
  • Hitman: Absolution – Fair
  • I Am Alive – Fair
  • Lucius – Fair
  • Mabinogi Heroes – Fair
  • Medal of Honor: Warfighter – Fair
  • Metro: Last Light – Good
  • MLB 2K12 – Fair
  • NBA 2K12 – Good
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted – Fair
  • Of Orcs and Men – Fair
  • Painkiller: Hell & Damnation – Fair
  • Planetside 2 – Not Recommended
  • Prepar3D – Good
  • Sniper Elite V2 – Poor
  • Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 – Poor
  • The Amazing Spider-Man – Not Recommended
  • Tiny Troopers – Fair
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD – Good
  • Total War Battles: SHOGUN – Good
  • Unmechanical – Good
  • War of the Roses – Fair
  • World Rally Championship 3 – Good
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown – Fair

Take note that the ratings for each profile assess how well 3D is implemented in the game – some don’t support it that well while others have been geared with 3D in mind. Only two AAA titles don’t support 3D at all – Assassin’s Creed III and The Amazing Spiderman. Some games have been rated 3D Vision Ready, which means that Nvidia hasn’t really concluded testing on those titles but it should work.

UPDATES TO AMBIENT OCCLUSION CONTROLS:

Some games don’t support Ambient Occlusion while others have it baked into their engine from the very beginning. AO simulates how light rays are reflected off a character or other geometry model and very closely mimics how they would look like in real life, in addition to real-time shadows cast on the ground. The following games can now have AO forced in the Nvidia Control Panel using a customised game profile.

  • Updated support for Counter-strike: Global Offensive
  • Added support for Cross Fire
  • Updated support for Darksiders 2
  • Added Dragon Nest
  • Updated support for Guild Wars 2
  • Updated support for Mechwarrrior Online
  • Added support for Meng San Guo

There are also a range of bug fixes and SSAA tweaks that I’m not going to mention here because they aren’t really relevant. All you need to know is that the driver team had their work cut out for them and it looks like they’ve delivered where it counts. AMD’s Catalyst 12.11 is due out this month and I’m hoping they’ll bake in some improvements for my HD6870.

Download the Geforce 310.70 drivers here: Windows Vista/7/8 64-bit and 32-bit, Windows XP 64-bit and 32-bit

Source: TechpowerUp!

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