To celebrate the launch of Far Cry 3, Nvidia has released a new beta version of its GeForce graphics drivers with some very specific improvements for the title.
GeForce 310.64 Beta, as the driver package is known, is claimed to boost framerates in the game by up to 38 per cent at the most popular gaming resolutions when using Nvidia's latest GeForce 600-series graphics chips - certainly nothing to be sniffed at as a free upgrade for those who were planning on playing the title at launch.
'The release is just the latest example of how Nvidia works closely with game developers to tune its software to deliver the best performance for the year's biggest gaming titles,
' explained Nvidia's Chris Daniel of the driver release. 'Two weeks ago, Nvidia released a new GeForce R310 driver that delivered up to 26 per cent faster performance for Call of Duty: Black Ops II and up to 18 per cent faster performance for Assassin's Creed III.
' An improved SLI profile for Far Cry 3 is also provided for multi-GPU systems.
The claim of a 38 per cent improvement come from Nvidia's own internal testing, which saw the company run the game at 1920x1080 resolution with graphics options maxed out, SSAO Ambient Occlision selected, Transparency Supersampling set to Standard and 8xMSAA enabled. The test system used a Rampage IV Extreme motherboard with Intel Core i7-3960X processor running at 3.3GHz, 8GB of RAM and a GeForce GTX 670, GTX 680 or GTX 690 depending on test.
In addition to the Far Cry 3 enhancements, the new beta driver also includes the previously-released tweaks for Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Assassin's Creed III, along with general performance tweaks that see popular games including Battlefield 3, Skyrim and StarCraft II boosted by up to 16 per cent. Fixes to the driver's TXAA support for high-quality anti-aliasing have also been incorporated, fixing shimmering problems in Call of Duty: Black Ops and Assassin's Creed III when using the feature with previous driver releases. Finally, a new Sparse Grid Supersampling option provides improved image quality.
The new GeForce 310.64 Beta drivers can be downloaded now from the official website