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Nvidia releases GeForce 310.33 to fight off Catalyst 12.11

Nvidia releases GeForce 310.33 to fight off Catalyst 12.11

Nvidia's GeForce 310.33 driver package, released to take the shine off AMD's Catalyst 12.11, promises up to 15 per cent higher framerates in popular games.

Nvidia has answered AMD's 'Never Settle' challenge with a new driver release of its own, coincidentally offering up to 15 per cent performance increases in popular games.

Announced shortly after AMD's Catalyst 12.11 'Never Settle' driver, Nvidia's latest beta driver - 310.33 - match the red camp's performance boosts, offering up to 15.7 per cent greater framerates on the GeForce GTX 680 and 7.5 per cent on the GTX 660. Other GeForce products are promised to get a small boost, too, with official figures not yet forthcoming.

During testing on a Rampage IV Extreme motherboard with Intel Core i7-3960X running at 3.3GHz and 8GB of RAM, Nvidia claims not-insignificant boosts to popular games running on a GeForce GTX 680 with the beta drivers. By far the biggest gain is in The Chronicles of Riddick, which achieved the AMD-matching 15.7 per cent boost, while Skyrim follows with a 10.9 per cent boost, while Starcraft II also sees a 5.6 per cent performance boost. Other highlights include F1 2011 with 4.4 per cent higher framerates, Batman: Arkham City with a 5.3 per cent gain, Civilization V with 2.8 per cent and Deus Ex: Human Revolution with 3.2 per cent.

While the average of those figures fall short of AMD's near-10 per cent performance increase across the board with its Catalyst 12.11 driver package, it's still free frames for those who have already invested in an Nvidia board.

Additional features in the new driver include ambient occlusion support in Cross Fire, Dragon Nest and Meng San Guo, while updated support for the feature in Counter-strike: Global Offensive, Darksiders 2 and MechWarrior Online is added. New SLI profiles for Dirt: Showdown, Dota 2, Dou Zhan Shen, F1 2012, FIFA 13 and Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad help boost performance on multi-card systems, while 3D Vision profiles are added or updated for a selection of games including XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

The beta driver package is available to download now from Nvidia's official site

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Madness_3d 24th October 2012, 11:15 Quote
"Nvidia claims not-significant boosts to popular games" ... not-insignificant?
suragh 24th October 2012, 11:15 Quote
But can nVidia beat the offer on the game bundles that AMD are recently doing? ...
Gareth Halfacree 24th October 2012, 11:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Madness_3d
"Nvidia claims not-significant boosts to popular games" ... not-insignificant?
Hah! Talk about a Freudian slip - fixed, ta!
kenco_uk 24th October 2012, 12:05 Quote
Up to 7.5% boost on a GTX660? Not bad. Quite significant.
[USRF]Obiwan 24th October 2012, 12:17 Quote
that is like eh... 1.2 frame boost. Sure you will notice that lol
Chicken76 24th October 2012, 13:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article (fifth paragraph)
Additional features in the new driver include support for ambient occlusion support in Cross Fire
Support for support?
CrossFire on Nvidia?
Gareth Halfacree 24th October 2012, 13:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Chicken76
Support for support?
CrossFire on Nvidia?
No, not CrossFire - Cross Fire. But you're quite right about the "support for support." Fixed, ta!
V3ctor 24th October 2012, 13:56 Quote
Yay... i like the "driver wars"... :D Just bought (today) a GTX670 to replace my "old" HD5870...
Good news to have even more "juice" out of the card :)
Griffter 24th October 2012, 15:11 Quote
now we just need a third big name graphics maker to make cards cost half the price :-) i double dog dare u Valve!
jimmyjj 24th October 2012, 20:19 Quote
Yes, it's certainly is great to have a boost in Starcraft 2 - a game that runs at 60fps on a toaster.
SpAceman 24th October 2012, 23:52 Quote
I don't suppose there will be any more GTX260 performance. Been a long while before any of that has been mentioned. Oh that's right... my motherboard is no longer functioning. Nevermind.
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