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#1 Oct 25 2010 at 4:03 PM Rating: Good
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This is the second WHQL release from the Release 260 family of drivers. You can read about the major new features and performance improvements in the Release 260 family of drivers here. This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, and 400-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.

New in Release 260.99

  • Increases performance vs. v260.89 drivers in the following PC games: Civilization V (SLI), Fallout 3, Final Fantasy XIV, and Formula 1 Racing (DX11).
  • Adds SLI profiles for the following PC games:
    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
    Fallout: New Vegas
  • Improves compatibility for Fallout 3: New Vegas with antialiasing enabled.
  • Improves Alt-Tab compatibility for several PC games.
  • Added the following 3D Vision game profiles: Call of Duty: Black Ops and Tom Clancy's HawX 2.
  • With Release 260 drivers, the installation process for 3D Vision has changed. Please view this knowledgebase article for more information on the changes.

  • Supported Products:

    GeForce 400 series:
    GTX 480, GTX 460, GT 430, GTX 470, GTX 465, GTS 450

    GeForce 300 series:
    GT 320, GT 330, GT 340, 315, 310

    GeForce 200 series:
    GTS 250, GTX 260, G210, GT 220, GTX 295, GTX 275, 210, GT 240, GTS 240, 205, GTX 285, GTX 280, GT 230

    GeForce 100 series:
    GT 120, G 100, GT 140, GT 130

    GeForce 9 series:
    9300, 9400 GT, 9500 GS, 9600 GT, 9300 GE, 9400, 9800 GX2, 9600 GS, 9800 GT, 9500 GT, 9200, 9300 GS, 9800 GTX/GTX+, 9600 GSO, 9100

    GeForce 8 series:
    8300 GS, 8800 GS, 8600 GTS, 8800 GTX, 8200 / nForce 730a, 8600 GS, 8400 GS, 8500 GT, 8800 GTS, 8600 GT, 8200, 8800 Ultra, 8800 GTS 512, 8400, 8800 GT, 8300, 8100 / nForce 720a, 8400 SE

    GeForce 7 series:
    7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7550 LE, 7300 GT, 7800 GTX, 7900 GT/GTO, 7600 GS, 7600 GT, 7950 GT, 7350 LE, 7500 LE, 7300 GS, 7100 GS, 7300 LE, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i, 7950 GX2, 7300 SE / 7200 GS, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7900 GTX, 7800 SLI, 7800 GS, 7900 GS, 7650 GS, 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7600 LE, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i

    GeForce 6 series:
    6800 GS/XT, 6800 LE, 6200SE TurboCache, 6610 XL, 6200 A-LE, 6800 GT, 6150SE nForce 430, 6100 nForce 400, 6200 LE, 6100 nForce 420, 6150, 6800, 6600, 6200, 6150LE / Quadro NVS 210S, 6800 GS, 6800 Ultra, 6800 XE, 6500, 6150 LE, 6600 LE, 6700 XL, 6800 XT, 6100 nForce 405, 6250, 6200 TurboCache, 6600 VE, 6600 GT, 6100

    ION series:
    ION, ION LE

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    #2 Oct 25 2010 at 4:07 PM Rating: Decent
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    Stuck at work.

    Will download when I get home. Thanks for the update!

    Please post impressions if you've installed the drivers already...
    #3 Oct 25 2010 at 5:09 PM Rating: Decent
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    Thanks for the info!
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    I read the release notes but nowhere in the notes does it even mention ffxiv. However, it does mention at the driver download section. I am confuzzled as to what this improves or what. I would really like SLI to be working as it is intended with this game. Here's hoping!

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    no SLI improvement, no actually FPS improvement.

    Noticed a bug fix, when you are really close trees or bushes, GPU used to get 99% work load and runs superhot, now it won't.
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    230m no noticable diffrence i suppose what the guy above me said is correct as after 2-3 hours on laptop at standard setting it overheat card and crash.. no overheat yet.

    to play for more then2-3 hrs id usually have to set resolution buffer to half its on full lets see how long it takes me to overheat in foresty areas, or if at all
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    Galkaholics wrote:
    230m no noticable diffrence i suppose what the guy above me said is correct as after 2-3 hours on laptop at standard setting it overheat card and crash.. no overheat yet.

    to play for more then2-3 hrs id usually have to set resolution buffer to half its on full lets see how long it takes me to overheat in foresty areas, or if at all


    Please do let us know if u still got this overheating issue. This would be a major improvement if it actually fixed it.
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    No love for my Quadro series card. Smiley: cry

    Not surprising, I guess. ****, I'm lucky it even runs the game in the first place.
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    #9 Oct 26 2010 at 12:58 AM Rating: Excellent
    Good, my 9800GTS needs all the help it can get!
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    Aiwen wrote:
    Galkaholics wrote:
    230m no noticable diffrence i suppose what the guy above me said is correct as after 2-3 hours on laptop at standard setting it overheat card and crash.. no overheat yet.

    to play for more then2-3 hrs id usually have to set resolution buffer to half its on full lets see how long it takes me to overheat in foresty areas, or if at all


    Please do let us know if u still got this overheating issue. This would be a major improvement if it actually fixed it.


    amazingly ffxiv has been runing at standard 720p settings with ambulent occulsion ect off and it hasnt crashed so yup im seeing less heat on my end too
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    This would be super-awesome-epic news if only nvidia didnt decide that 60hz should be the default setting when applying new drivers x.x

    If anyone knows how to fix that issue (mine needs to be 59hz maximum) then please tell, I would love to play FFXIV without my computer screaming in pain :3
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    #12 Oct 26 2010 at 3:25 AM Rating: Decent
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    I hope that its better than the last one from october 14 , that **** driver was giving me unable to detect direct x Device after 15-20 min of gameplay
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    Reebie wrote:
    This would be super-awesome-epic news if only nvidia didnt decide that 60hz should be the default setting when applying new drivers x.x

    If anyone knows how to fix that issue (mine needs to be 59hz maximum) then please tell, I would love to play FFXIV without my computer screaming in pain :3


    Wow you run at 59hz? I'm set to 75 on all monitors, anything less and I get terrible headaches Smiley: banghead
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    ^ most LCD's run at 59/60hz no matter what you set them to.

    Some lower resolutions might be different though.
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    I got a nvidia xfx gts 250 1gb and these drivers feel choppier... I haven't ran fraps yet, but it just feels like it.
    Is this possible?
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    Galkaholics wrote:
    Aiwen wrote:
    Galkaholics wrote:
    230m no noticable diffrence i suppose what the guy above me said is correct as after 2-3 hours on laptop at standard setting it overheat card and crash.. no overheat yet.

    to play for more then2-3 hrs id usually have to set resolution buffer to half its on full lets see how long it takes me to overheat in foresty areas, or if at all


    Please do let us know if u still got this overheating issue. This would be a major improvement if it actually fixed it.


    amazingly ffxiv has been runing at standard 720p settings with ambulent occulsion ect off and it hasnt crashed so yup im seeing less heat on my end too



    My 230m runs on 2/3 buffer with 1600x900 I havent had any problems with that but I will try this cuz my CIV 5 keeps crashing on dx 11.
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    Nice....another new one!
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    Levish wrote:
    ^ most LCD's run at 59/60hz no matter what you set them to.

    Some lower resolutions might be different though.


    Yeah, I only really ever noticed it on the old CRT monitors we had at work. Still, the hz changes the color a bit on my work monitor, 60 seems crisper than 59 for some reason.
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    #20 Oct 26 2010 at 7:57 AM Rating: Good
    My game's been running worse with these new drivers on my GTX 460, I might have to revert back to the old ones. It's funny how random performance increases/decreases are with these.
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    Montsegurnephcreep wrote:
    My game's been running worse with these new drivers on my GTX 460, I might have to revert back to the old ones. It's funny how random performance increases/decreases are with these.


    Same here. I'm going back to 260.89
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    Did not see a performance gain with 2x GTX275 in SLI unfortunately.
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    Oh wow, I wonder if this will help with the graphics artifacts I always get in the Black Shroud, and occasionally in Limsa Lominsa. I have a GT240, and I figure its either overheating or lack of power from the PSU, but its 430w and it really should be able to run the 240 plus my I-3 and 3 megs of ram. And my temps barely hit 70.

    We shall see! Thanks for the heads-up.

    Edit: Nope, it still happens. -.-a

    Best guess is still the PSU, even though the wattage calculators I've used say I should be fine. The GT240 "requires" a 450v according to the box. Hmph.

    Edited, Oct 26th 2010 12:23pm by Shassa
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    MajidahSihaam wrote:
    I got a nvidia xfx gts 250 1gb and these drivers feel choppier... I haven't ran fraps yet, but it just feels like it.
    Is this possible?


    The last WHQL made mine a bit choppier as well, however the GPUs were running at less percentage and netting a few higher FPS... but after longer testing with the last one it would spike alot. I was running max settings without the choppiness before, turning down the settings slightly and everything is fine except in rare instances with certain towns the choppy feeling comes back. VSync should take care of that for you though.
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    Eske, Star Breaker wrote:
    No love for my Quadro series card. Smiley: cry

    Not surprising, I guess. ****, I'm lucky it even runs the game in the first place.


    The quadro series being their workstation series actually has a different set of drivers. These drivers are for their desktop/gaming cards only.
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    anyone tried a before-and-after with the ffxiv benchmark?

    Edited, Oct 26th 2010 8:53am by GamalielWise
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    It says in the notes that it improves alt-tab with some directx9 titles, has any one tested fullscreen to see if XIV was one of them? I'm at home, but it's not a gaming night unfortunately.

    GamalielWise wrote:
    anyone tried a before-and-after with the ffxiv benchmark?


    Honestly it's not a good test at all, best comparison would be people who are benching in the same areas over a given amount of time. Granted you won't see a solid score, as anything less than 5fps could be pinned on other player activity, but it should give a better general idea of any changes. I know a few of us are running short benches in secluded areas each patch, I just won't be able to test this one until this weekend or even later.

    Edited, Oct 26th 2010 5:01pm by PerrinofSylph
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    burtonsnow wrote:
    Eske, Star Breaker wrote:
    No love for my Quadro series card. Smiley: cry

    Not surprising, I guess. ****, I'm lucky it even runs the game in the first place.


    The quadro series being their workstation series actually has a different set of drivers. These drivers are for their desktop/gaming cards only.


    I know, just being facetious (hence my second comment). Smiley: smile

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    Any news on the GTX 480 Sli?
    Will it be better or worse?
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    dreamgreed wrote:
    Any news on the GTX 480 Sli?
    Will it be better or worse?



    Send me your two 480s and I'll be sure to let you know! Smiley: king

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    dreamgreed wrote:
    Any news on the GTX 480 Sli?
    Will it be better or worse?


    how much better can it get for gtx 480 sli lol i think you would have to worry about the cpu and internet speed to slow the gpu down
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    Still no SLi *sigh*.. I'd love to run this in all its beauty. I have 2x 9800GTX+ Oc'd..
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    managed to install on the 59hz woot, had to do it in safe mode :)

    I dont see any visible difference, however loading times for me got a great deal worse, and I cant pin that on my overcrammed hard drive since its such a sudden change since drivers. It now takes about 4 minutes to get into game, whereas before a whole minute loading would have signaled something bad running in background, and also alot of juddery-ness when going into town (gridania) for first time.
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    NecoSino wrote:
    Still no SLi *sigh*.. I'd love to run this in all its beauty. I have 2x 9800GTX+ Oc'd..


    Do you have something forced that overwrites the programs settings? Because SLI has been enabled by defualt for XIV since the last WHQL and the last 2 Beta drivers.

    This is directly copied from this drivers SLI Profiles

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    Profile "Final Fantasy XIV"
    ShowOn GeForce
    ProfileType Application
    Executable "ffxivwin.exe"
    Executable "ffxivgame.exe"
    Executable "ffxivwinbenchmark.exe"
    Setting ID_0x0095def9 = 0x00010000
    Setting ID_0x1033cec1 = 0x00000003
    Setting ID_0x1033dcd2 = 0x00000004
    Setting ID_0x1095def8 = 0x02c00005
    Setting ID_0x10ecdb82 = 0x00000001
    EndProfile


    It ticks all the boxes required to properly enable SLI without the end user having to make any tweaks, though some are claiming better SLI performance with custom settings.

    Maybe you've forgotten to open Nvidia control panel and enable SLI? You do have to do that after every Driver update.
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    dreamgreed wrote:
    Any news on the GTX 480 Sli?
    Will it be better or worse?


    What's wrong with 480 SLI? (I don't have the new drivers yet) I don't get any noticeable slowdown on mine until I try running at 5760x1200 across three monitors, and even that is perfectly playable. I'm seeing equal utilization on both cards, so it looks like it has been working for me anyway.

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    NecoSino wrote:
    Still no SLi *sigh*.. I'd love to run this in all its beauty. I have 2x 9800GTX+ Oc'd..


    I've been using SLI for awhile now. If a game doesn't natively have a profile for a game, you can create one - just google SLI profile & game name and you will see how to do it.

    These drivers already have the profile so you don't need to create one - SLI will just work. How are you monitoring your cards' usage? If the temp increases for both cards by about 15-20 degrees, they are being used. Download EVGA precision if you haven't already - it will chart temps and usage on a histogram.

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    I don't know I'm imagining it or not but Limsa looked better after I installed the new driver. Card is GTX470.
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    Well nothing is really wrong with my Sli GTX 480, however there are those screen flickering on main stream quest cut scenes (not the movie parts). I just want to see how good both my graphic cards working together will be instead of only 1 working ): which is the problem right now. Oh and dont worry about my CPU and internet :P they are just as good.
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    MajidahSihaam wrote:
    Montsegurnephcreep wrote:
    My game's been running worse with these new drivers on my GTX 460, I might have to revert back to the old ones. It's funny how random performance increases/decreases are with these.


    Same here. I'm going back to 260.89


    GTX 460 too, I didn't notice any difference whatsoever.
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    I dont notice much difference with my Sparkle nVidia GTS450 with these new drivers.
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    Well after downloading the update there was an error upon installation. Might be a blessing in disguise though since some people are mentioning it is in fact worse after the update. The GTX 460 was doing just fine IMO but who am I to question. I am thinking since this laptop is pretty new that I may have already had that update. Anyone else having a problem with the installation? Says my driver version is 8.17.12.5912. Running Windows 7 with Intel i7 and the aformentioned GTX 460 card. And yes I don't know a much 'bout 'puters.
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    470 here. It still runs hot and like it is trying to render a game 10 years from now. But in fact it is rendering something that makes me facepalm.

    I have experimented with many drivers now.

    Edited, Oct 27th 2010 11:44pm by Parsalyn
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    Before installing this new drivers, I was getting the annoying "cant detect DirectX Device error. FFXIV its closing down" message. After installing, I haven't gotten a single crash or message in days. This driver fixed it for me.
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    nivida control panel select ffxivgame.exe profile. depending on you monitor running 60hz might have to force v-sync and triple buffer on
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