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Old 22nd October, 2008, 05:24 PM
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Nvidia launches "Big Bang II" beta drivers

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Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Following in AMD’s footsteps, Nvidia has released a new set of beta drivers that are optimized for the best experience on Far Cry 2.

By Jose Vilches, TechSpot.com
Published: October 22, 2008, 11:06 AM EST

According to the company, the GeForce 180.42 beta drivers should provide a performance boost of up to 40 percent in the game, but there are a handful of other useful new features in this release. [Front Page...]
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Old 22nd October, 2008, 05:32 PM
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Beat you to it, Dan:

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I hope your happy, you've just made me cry! ":O}
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What do you think brought on the tears! LOL
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I'm going to be the "Guinea pig" & test these drivers out & see what they do with my games on XP...
I'll report back on my findings, good or bad.
But first I'm going to make a complete backup of my OS Partition just in case...
Just downloaded it & they made this a "special" driver by the icon they used for it...oow, perdy...
This driver also has an updated version of the PhysX driver. PhysX_8.10.13_SystemSoftware
I extracted the contents to a folder to see what was in there.
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Post Results: Good & Bad...

First the Good:
1. Very good FPS & Improved graphics quality.
I tested it out on Crysis because the same company that made FarCry, also made Crysis.
I have an average of 40 FPS on High settings using Fraps to see during gameplay.


Now the Bad:
1. After installing the driver you have to reset the desktop color settings because it sets Digital Vibrance to 100%.
2. EVGA Precision OCing utility no longer has any fan control on your graphics card, so you card gets hotter when OCed. (screenshot)
I always OC my card when playing graphics intensive games.
Because I can't control the fan anymore I'm not keeping it installed, otherwise I would as I see no problems with my games.
Also in the desktop control panel there is an added area called "Set PhysX configuration". With my card it just gives me 2 options. Enabled or Disabled. (On or off)

Here's some screenshots (1400x960) of Crysis on medium & high using driver v180.42.
Medium-left / High-right
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You can download all of these drivers from AOA Files:
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