Nvidia 290.36 - beta drivers (ambient occlusion support)


Jan 31, 2005
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Supposed to have some good improvements in BF3. I'll let you know! :D


This is the first beta release from the Release 290 family of drivers. You can read more about this family of drivers on GeForce.com.
This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.

New in R290 Drivers
NVIDIA Ambient Occlusion


NVIDIA Surround

  • Enables NVIDIA Surround support for Intel X79 SLI-certified motherboards.

  • Added or updated SLI profiles for Crysis 2, Heroes and Generals, Inversion, Stronghold 3, and Syndicate.
3D Vision

  • Adds support for 3D Vision over native DisplayPort 1.1 connection - available on BenQ XL2420T and BenQ XL2420TX monitors.
  • Added or updated the following 3D Vision game profiles:
    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – rated Good
    • Cang Sheng (苍生) – rated Good
    • Diablo 3 – rated Good
    • Fei fei (飞飞) – rated Good
    • Final Combat (大冲锋) – rated Good
    • L.A. Noire – updated rating to 3D Vision Ready
    • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 – rated Fair
    • Qian Nv You Hun Online (倩女幽魂Online) – rated Good
    • QQ Xi You (QQ西游) – rated Good
    • Sonic Generations – rated Good
    • Xian Tu (仙途) – rated Good
    • Yong Bing Tian Xia Online (拥兵天下 Online) – rated Good
HD Audio

  • Updates HD Audio driver to version
Some Key Bug Fixes
• Fixes random flickering as Windows boot logo is loading or fading away.
• Fixes corruption in Crysis 2 with SLI and lower quality shadow settings.
• Fixes ability to set Surround resolutions to 5760x1080 (requires setting custom resolution).
• Fixes some random instances of triangular artifacts when playing Battlefield 3.
• Improved performance in Elders Scroll: Skyrim
• Fixes white dots appear in the edges of objects in NFS-ProStreet game with AA enabled
• Fixes blood is green color when AA is set to 4X or 8X from in-game video settings
• Fixes blank screen on certain Apple Macintosh computers running Windows
• Fixes negative SLI scaling in Anno 1404 with two-way, three-way or four-way SLI

Other Details

  • Supports multiple languages and APIs for GPU computing: CUDA C, CUDA C++, CUDA Fortran, OpenCL, DirectCompute, and Microsoft C++ AMP.
  • Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and OpenGL.
  • Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.



sugar 'n spikes
Mar 5, 2002
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Looks interesting, thanks for the update.

I installed the 285.79 Beta drivers after Skyrim crashed on me several times using the WHQL drivers.

It hasn't crashed since but I think I'll give these ones a go. I imagine they're Beta as there are so many new games out atm Nvidia are possibly working 'on the fly' tackling issues as quick as they can.

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