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GeForce R304 Beta Drivers Released

Nvidia has just released GeForce R304 beta drivers for Windows 7.

Versions compatible with Windows XP and Windows 8 will be also available soon, Nvidia said.

Performance Improvements

The GeForce 304.48 beta drivers include new performance optimizations that give all GeForce 400, 500, and 600 Series users faster frame rates in some of the most popular titles.

On the GTX 680 Nvidia measured gains of up to 17.6% in Batman: Arkham City, 12.4% in Dragon Age 2, 4% in Lost Planet 2, and 9.8% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat.

Detail Settings & Results:

Using a second GTX 680 in SLI, we measured gains of up to 5.8% in Batman: Arkham City, 15% in Dragon Age 2, and 6.4% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat.

Detail Settings & Results:

On the GTX 560 we measured gains of up to 14% in Batman: Arkham City, 5.5% in Dragon Age 2, and 6.7% in Lost Planet 2.

Detail Settings & Results:

Using a second GTX 560 in SLI, we measured gains of up to 11.9% in Batman: Arkham Asylum, 5.2% in Battlefield 3, 6.1% in Dragon Age 2, 4% in Lost Planet 2, 5.3% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, and 7.9% in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

Detail Settings & Results:

In addition to improving performance in the aforementioned titles, the GeForce 304.48 beta drivers also fix a bug introduced by the latest Shogun 2: Total War update that reduced frame rates by up to 60%.

User Experience Enhancements

When users enabled FXAA globally they found that certain applications, like Windows Live Mail, were being anti-aliased also, making text unreadable. To rectify this issue Nvidia is now disabling FXAA?s use in the programs identified.

On the GeForce GTX 670, 680 and 690, some users identified an occasional micro-stutter when gaming with VSync or Adaptive VSync enabled. Nvidia has introduced a fix that will improve the smoothness of VSync gaming.

When using GeForce 3xx drivers and factory-overclocked graphics cards from Nvidia's partners, some users received poor levels of performance, a result of the graphics card?s clock speed being reduced to idle levels. As with the VSync issue above, this problem is also rectified by the new GeForce 304.48 beta drivers.

NVIDIA Control Panel Game Enhancements

With the release of the GeForce 304.48 beta drivers Nvidia is enabling NVIDIA Control Panel Ambient Occlusion support in Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Multisampe Anti-Aliasing support in Diablo III, L.A. Noire, Rayman Origins, and The Secret World.

To enable MSAA in Diablo III, navigate to ?Manage 3D settings? in the NVIDIA Control Panel, select the ?Program Settings? tab, select ?Diablo III? in the dropdown, and customize the settings as shown in the example below. If you cannot locate the Diablo III entry, click ?Add? and navigate to the Diablo III .exe, located by default in C:\Program Files (x86)\Diablo III.

New & Updated SLI Profiles

The new GeForce driver also includes new and updated profiles for today?s top titles, increasing performance and unleashing the full power of SLI systems.

New & Updated 3D Vision Profiles

New and updated 3D Vision profiles are also included in the GeForce 304.48 beta drivers.

Fixed Single-GPU Issues

You can download the GeForce 304.48 beta drivers with one click from the GeForce.com homepage.

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