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nVIDIA GeForce Driver 257.21 released


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#1 Sheldon

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 03:07 AM

New in Version 257.21

  • Adds support for Blu-ray 3D with NVIDIA 3D Vision technology. Learn more about the hardware and software requirements here .
  • Increases performance for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs in several PC games. The following are examples of some of the most significant improvements measured with GeForce GTX 480. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
    • Up to 14% in Aliens vs. Predator (1920x1200 noAA/AF – Tessellation on)
    • Up to 4% in Batman: Arkham Asylum (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF PhysX=High)
    • Up to 5% in BattleForge (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF – Very High settings)
    • Up to 5% in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
    • Up to 4% in Crysis: Warhead (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF – Enthusiast setting)
    • Up to 24% in Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (1920x1200 no AA/AF)
    • Up to 9% in Far Cry 2 (2560x1600 8xAA/16xAF)
    • Up to 25% in Just Cause 2 (2560x1600 no AA/AF - Concrete Jungle)
    • Up to 7% in Metro 2033 (1920x1200 no AA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
    • Up to 40% in Metro 2033 with SLI ((1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
    • Up to 8% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (1920x1200 no AA/AF – Day)
    • Up to 110% in Stone Giant with SLI (2650x1600 – Tessellation on, DoF on)
    • Up to 6% in The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Athena (2560x1600 no AA/AF)
    • Up to 9% in Unigine: Tropics (2560x1600 no AA/AF – OpenGL)
    • Up to 5% in 3DMark Vantage (Performance and Extreme Presets)
    • Up to 19% with Transparency AA (1920x1200 4xTrSS – measured in Crysis)
  • Upgrades PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0223.
  • Adds support for OpenGL 4.0 for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs.
  • Adds support for CUDA Toolkit 3.1 which includes significant performance increases for double precision math operations. See CUDA Zone for more details.
  • Adds support for new extreme Antialiasing modes for 3-way SLI PCs, including up to SLI48x AA for GeForce 200 series GPUs and up to SLI96x AA for GeForce GTX 400 series GPUs.
  • Adds support for a new 'Quality' mode for NVIDIA's Ambient Occlusion control panel feature.
  • Adds a new NVIDIA Control Panel setup page for SLI and PhysX for ultimate control over multi-gpu configurations.
  • Adds a new NVIDIA Control Panel feature for ultimate control over CUDA GPUs, allowing the user to effectively choose which GPU will power each CUDA application.
  • 3D Vision customers can download the v257.21 3D Vision drivers here.
  • Includes numerous bug fixes. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.
  • Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.
Additional Information:

  • Installs HD Audio driver version 1.0.9.1 (for supported GPUs).
  • Supports the new GPU-accelerated features in Adobe CS5.
  • Supports GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD videos with Adobe Flash 10.1. Learn more here.
  • Supports the new version of MotionDSP's video enhancement software, vReveal, which adds support for HD output. NVIDIA customers can download a free version of vReveal that supports up to SD output here.
  • Supports DirectCompute with Windows 7 and GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
  • Supports OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) for all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
  • Supports OpenGL 3.3 for GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
  • Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards.
  • Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
Release Notes (v257.21)





nVIDIA GeForce Driver 257.21 WHQL For WindowsXP (32-Bit)
nVIDIA GeForce Driver 257.21 WHQL For WindowsXP (x64)
nVIDIA GeForce Driver 257.21 WHQL For Windows 7 / Vista (32-BIT)
nVIDIA GeForce Driver 257.21 WHQL For Windows 7 / Vista (64-BIT)

Edited by NEW27, 19 June 2010 - 03:11 AM.


#2 USG Ishimura

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 10:01 AM

It's a big jump with the version number. Last version I used was 197.45.

Edited by USG Ishimura, 19 June 2010 - 10:02 AM.


#3 Preath

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 12:10 PM

It's a big jump with the version number. Last version I used was 197.45.


yeah, thats weird. Well i used the 257.21 beta driver. It might have worked well i think :)

#4 Nick Karstedt

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 11:59 PM

This one seems to work great. Actually noticed significant performance improvements in BF:BC2 on my GeForce 9800 GT mobile series.

#5 Afzal

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 05:34 AM

This one seems to work great. Actually noticed significant performance improvements in BF:BC2 on my GeForce 9800 GT mobile series.


from which version? I'm using the 257.15 beta

#6 Nick Karstedt

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 07:06 AM

The 257.21 whql (Labled as Verde Notebook Release 256 WHQL on the site).

I upgraded from the good 'ol 197.16

#7 bdfunda

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 11:34 AM

cani use it in Windows 7 ?

#8 Johnnyboy

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 02:10 PM

No performance improvement in BC2 for me. I think my C2D CPU is bottlenecking. :(

#9 K.L.Devine

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 11:10 AM

It's not in the chaperonage but BC2 players are actually getting 4 or 5 more FPS with the new drivers. A new patch for BC2 is going to be released this week. You can expect some performance boost. :D

#10 AppliArt

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 06:20 PM

Enourmous boost in Blur with my GTX275. +10 FPS. Nice to see that performance is often restrained by software/drivers. :P

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