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Old 1st July, 2005, 04:26 PM
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80.40 Nvidia Drivers Out!

This is the absolute newest driver set from Nvidia and is the first of the ForceWare 80 series. These drivers are in their stock form and are completely unmodded.

TweaksRUs.com have begun experimenting with these sets, and are using some brand new performance tweaks on them, that really make a difference, so keep your eyes peeled. Until then, these are pretty fine drivers.

So far no video corruption can be seen, and image quality is very good, and has a kind of a natural feel to it rather than the clinical feel that the 77 series had. Very nice really.

As listed on AOAFiles.com:

This is the first of the Nvidia 80 series drivers. These drivers are the first to implement optimisation for dual core CPUs, and also the first to improve cross card compatibility in SLI. This means that you can mix brands of video cards in an SLI configuration, as long as they are both still technically identical. This is a very good set, much better that the 77.72 official release, and does not have the video corruption issues that plagued the 77 series. These drivers offer the best performance to date on 6 and 7 series Geforce cards, and benchmark particularly well in Aquamark, while performing very strongly in games, particularly those using Shader Model 3.0. Highly Recommended.

Click Here To Download The Nvidia 80.40 ForceWare Drivers Now!
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Old 1st July, 2005, 04:31 PM
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Yeap, thats right, Nvidia are trying to allow different branded, but same chip SLI capable cards to work together, or so it would seam, and on top of that optimise for dual core CPUs.

Further of intrest, is that these drivers include support for a NEW Nvidia Card!!!

Introducing, the Nvidia G72.

Its there, in the driver inf.

Also we have a new chip called the "C51" rumoured to be a new onboard chip with SM3.0 support.
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with Riva tuner and these drivers my core reads 11.7 for the core clock?! WTF?!?!
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Old 1st July, 2005, 07:33 PM
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Dont use RT for overclocking, use the Nvidia driver.
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Old 1st July, 2005, 07:59 PM
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i just use Riva for monitoring
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Giving them a try now. Thanks Dsio and AOA Files!
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it seems that these drivers make my BF2 demo(i have yet to get the game ) look worse than with the 77.62xg drivers.
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Really? They work very well for me. What do you notice that really looks bad?
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the shadows are all off, they move around alot and are detached from what ever the shadow is being cast off of. But the AA and AF seem to be better tho, very strange
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Ah k the shadow bug. Its something from the older driver sets. BF2 is a strange program, and EA used a custom Nvidia driver (the 77.30) to make the shadows work. Its bad programming on their part more than anything.
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I noticed that when i changed the pci device name settings in rivatuner to a geforce 6800 ultra (I have a 6800LE with 16pipelines and 6 vertex enabled) and re-installed the 80.40 drivers i gained a boost of nearly 100marks in 3dmark05, and was just playing HL2 Deathmatch with all settings at max (including image quality) and noticed absolutely no stuttering or slowdown what-so-ever! It was like i was playing HLDM again!

Have nvidia made optimizations for the source engine with these drivers?
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Old 2nd July, 2005, 11:28 AM
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Yea I got that feeling too, I think they have. CS: source feels very very smooth.

The XG modded version of these drivers is out now, ill have a thread up in 2 mins.

http://www.aoaforums.com/forum/showt...202#post323202
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Farcry continues to improve...Hey it's the closest to a current game I can get! ":O}
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