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Latest GeForce 295.73 drivers "essential" for Skyrim, Diablo III and Mass Effect 3
Posted: 22.02.2012 13:13 by Simon Priest Comments: 5
Nvidia has released the latest WHQL drivers for Geforce chipsets, boasting performance in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim by "an amazing 44.5%" in some cases. Ambient occlusion now native.

The manufacturer has posted a lengthy article exalting the latest 295.73 drivers and what improvements they bring to some of the latest titles. They've tweaked their PhysX platform too.

"This is the first WHQL-certified driver from the R295 family of drivers," blurbs Nvidia. This is a "recommended upgrade for all GeForce users" wanting to play titles with '3' in them.

Battlefield 3, Diablo III, Mass Effect 3, or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are all targeted in this update. Below is a snippet of 295.73's highlights:

R295 Highlight Summary
New features and performance since last WHQL-certified driver
•Game-changing performance boost of up to 45% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, "the fastest selling title in Steam's history"
•Up to 2x performance Mass Effect 3 with SLI technology.
•GeForce-exclusive quality enhancements with ambient occlusion support for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Diablo III, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
•New 3D Vision and SLI profiles for over 50 titles.
•New PhysX software for the best experience in top PhysX titles like Alice: Madness Returns and Batman: Arkham City.


R295 Highlight Details
Performance
•Increases performance by up to 45% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (measured with GeForce GTX 560 at 1080p Ultra settings in indoor scenes vs. 285.62).
•Updates the NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to a higher performance profile.
•Boosts Mass Effect 3 SLI performance to up to 2x.


Ambient Occlusion
•Adds ambient occlusion support for Diablo III. See the comparison screenshots on GeForce.com.
•Updates the ambient occlusion support for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to a higher performance profile (also in 290 beta drivers). See the comparison screenshots on GeForce.com.
•Adds ambient occlusion support for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (also in 290 beta drivers). See the comparison screenshots on GeForce.com.


NVIDIA SLI
•Adds or updates SLI profiles for:
?Mass Effect 3
?Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
?The Darkness II
?F1 2011
?Oil Rush
?Red Faction: Armageddon
?7554
?Trine 2
?WRC 2: FIA World Rally Championship 2011
?Afterfall: InSanity.
?ArcheAge
?Core Blaze


For the full article of changes made in the GeForce 295.73 drivers visit the official website.
Source: GeForce.com
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Comments

By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 22, 2012
herodotus
I've been checking NVidia daily for any news, but forgot this morning until I read this. Cheers, SI. I am still disappointed that Nvidia has not responded to the calls of 777 Studios (and the "ROF" community) to optimise it's latest drivers for "Rise of Flight", a continually evolving and expanding WWI aerial game. I use the word "game" as with a career mode and a new expansion to include The English Channel, replete with seaborne aircraft it is not simply a Flight Sim. Most use old 266 drivers.
By Zombie_Head (I just got here) on Feb 23, 2012
Zombie_Head
Mass Effect 3 demo is capped at 60 FPS.....i have two 570s....what is the point of 2x performance boost?
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 23, 2012
herodotus
Console port?
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Feb 23, 2012
FoolWolf
@herodotus - possible - or just someone that forgot how to think that day...

Skyrim became a bit more fluent with my 560TI FOC. Thank you for that NVidia.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 23, 2012
herodotus
If they set the FOV at 60 then we'll know it's an inflexible direct port...and unplayable. Have to wait and see. Still have to try and install the download....bloody Origin!