geforceNVIDIA has released a new beta driver together with the launch of GeForce GTS 450 and the new GeForce 260.63 drivers brings lots of goodies. The news include Blu-ray 3D, bitstreaming of HD audio formats, GPU acceleration in Adobe CS5 and loads of performance optimizations.

GeForce 260.63 beta is extra interesting for GeForce GTX 460 owners since NVIDIA has pushed performance by 5% to 22% in ten or so games, where half is improvements in SLI. Even GeForce GTX 480 gets a boost in a number of games, not the least Starcraft II where both cards will bring better performance.

Performance improvements in GeForce 260.63 beta;

GeForce GTX 480:

Up to 10% in StarCraft II (2560×1600 4xAA/16xAF Ultra)
Up to 14% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF)
Up to 16% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (SLI – 2560×1600 4xAA/16xAF)
Up to 6% in Aliens vs. Predator (SLI – 1920×1200 noAA – Tessellation on)

GeForce GTX 460:

Up to 19% in StarCraft II (SLI – 1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF Ultra)
Up to 15% in Battlefield Bad Company 2 (SLI – 2560×1600 4xAA/16xAF)
Up to 12% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (2560×1600 noAA)
Up to 9% in Aliens vs. Predator (1680×1050 4xAA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
Up to 7% in Metro 2033 (1680×1050 noAA – Tessellation on)
Up to 11% in Dirt 2 (SLI – 2560×1600 4xAA/16xAF)
Up to 12% in Crysis:Warhead (SLI – 1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF Gamer)
Up to 13% in Far Cry 2 (2560×1600 4xAA/16xAF)
Up to 12% in H.A.W.X (SLI – 1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF SSAO Very High)
Up to 5% in Just Cause 2 (1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF)
Up to 22% in Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (1920×1200 noAA)
Up to 5% in 3DMark Vantage (Extreme Preset)

A through walkthrough of the news in GeForce 260.63 can be found at NVIDIA’s website where Windows Vista and Windows 7 users can download the drivers.

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