Nvidia Geforce 290.53 Beta - Performance Increases


Jan 31, 2005
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GeForce Forceware 290.53 Vista 7 64-bit
GeForce Forceware 290.53 Vista 7 32-bit
GeForce Forceware 290.53 XP 32-bit

Or direct from NV if you'd prefer.

New in 290.53
Optimizations for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

  • Increases performance by up to 25% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim vs. 290.36 drivers (measured with GeForce GTX 560 at 19x10 Ultra – Indoor Scene). Results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and in-game location.
  • Updates the NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to a higher performance profile.
  • Added new 3D Vision laser sight /crosshair options to better match Skyrim crosshairs.
  • For a full Skyrim tweak guide, visit GeForce.com.

  • Adds SLI profiles for Trine 2, WRC 2: FIA World Rally Championship 2011, and Afterfall: InSanity.
Version 290.53 Highlights
This section provides highlights of version 290.53 of the NVIDIA Release 290 Driver for
Windows Vista/Windows 7.

  • What’s New in Release 290
  • What’s New in Version 290.53
  • Limitations in This Release
  • Advanced Driver Information
What’s New in Release 290
The section summarizes the following driver changes in Release 290:

Control Panel

  • Adjust Desktop Color Settings page
  • Color settings are now preserved across system reboots, logins, and fast user
    switching for GPU/displays that support HDMI infoframes.
    Set Up Multiple Displays page
  • Slight change in the menu process for setting up Clone mode–displays are now added
    to a ‘Clone group’.
    NVIDIA Ambient Occlusion
    Added NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
NVIDIA Surround

  • Enabled NVIDIA Surround support for Intel X79 SLI‐certified motherboards.
  • Added or updated SLI profiles for Crysis 2, Heroes and Generals, Inversion, Stronghold 3,
    3D Vision
  • Added 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 ‐ rated Good
  • Diablo 3 ‐ rated Good
  • Fei fei ‐ rated Good
  • Final Combat ‐ rated Goo
  • L.A. Noire ‐ updated rating to 3D Vision Ready
  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5‐7 ‐ rated Fair
  • Qian Nv You Hun Online ‐ rated Good
  • QQ Xi You ‐ rated Good
  • Sonic Generations ‐ rated Good
  • Xian Tu ‐ rated Good
  • Yong Bing Tian Xia Online ‐ rated Good
  • The Adventures of Tintin: The Game ‐ rated 3D Vision Ready
  • Ignite ‐ rated Good
  • Orcs Must Die! ‐ rated Good
  • PT Boats ‐ Knights of the Sea ‐ rated Good
  • PT Boats ‐ South Gambit ‐ rated Good
  • Stronghold 3 ‐ rated Good
  • Trine 2 ‐ rated 3D Vision Ready

Changes and Fixed Issues in Version 290.53
The following sections list the important changes and the most common issues resolved
since version 290.36. This list is only a subset of the total number of changes made in this
driver version. The NVIDIA bug number is provided for reference.
[NVIDIA Control Panel]: After adding a game to the Manage 3D Settings profiles when
it was not already detected by the driver, instead of the game name appearing in the
profiles list, the path to the game appears. [908150]
[GeForce 9800 GTX]: 1080p resolution is not listed in the HD, SD section of the
NVIDIA Control Panel Change Resolution page. [848805]
The display driver may send incorrect display timings to the monitor when the refresh
rate is set to 60Hz, resulting in poor image quality. [908729/909942]
[GeForce 500 series] [The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim] : There is flickering/corruption in
the game when CSAA is enabled. [897301]
[GeForce GTX 5 series][The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim] : The game experiences poor
performance when using ultra-quality shadowing mode. [898733]
[Battlefield 3]: There are triangle artifacts in the game. [877789]
[The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim] : Added Ambient Occlusion to the application profile.
[3DVision] [The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim] Added Skyrim Crosshairs to the NVIDIA
Control Panel->Set Up Stereoscopic 3D->Change 3D Laser Sight page. [914623]


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