NVIDIA has released beta drivers which have been coded with Battlefield 3 in mind. The drivers are named as GeForce R285.38 and are available immediately from NVIDIA's site. Supported products range from as old as the GeForce 6 series to the latest GeForce 500 series. 

The release comes at a good time since the open beta of Battlefield 3 will be available on Thursday 29th (27th if you pre-ordered through Origin). NVIDIA claims up to a 38% performance increase in Battlefield 3, as well as overall stability improvements. The beta drivers add better support for SLI configurations in a few other games too, such as Diablo III and Saints Row: The Third. 

Source: NVIDIA



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  • xakor - Monday, September 26, 2011 - link

    Yes, I really recommend you watch John Carmack's QuakeCon 2011 Keynote, he explains how the way the abstraction layers in the drivers prevents them from using lower level features directly and as such they have to make assumptions how those various abstraction layers are built and how efficient they will be making their job harder.

    This is also the reason why the hardware vendors do optimize their drivers, not for specific games, but for specific features which some games may use heavily. I.E. your point should have been the other way around.
  • xakor - Monday, September 26, 2011 - link

    I totally agree on the attack against CryTek's engine though :D Reply
  • VashHT - Monday, September 26, 2011 - link

    Game ran fine for me at 1920x1200 at the highest settings in the alpha and I'm using a 5870, so yeah I don't think you're right at all. Reply
  • formulav8 - Monday, September 26, 2011 - link

    Probably a driver cheat for the game to make their super dooper card run super duppy. :P Reply

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