Continuing their 304 Series drivers, NVIDIA has just released their 306.97 driver update for desktops and laptops. Along with updated SLI and 3D Vision profiles for a few games, the driver notes specifically call out improved support for Borderlands 2 and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. The new drivers come just under a month after the last WHQL release, the 306.23 drivers. I also noticed a few compatibility issues with Total War: Shogun 2 that came with the 306.23 drivers have been fixed with the latest update, though overall performance is largely unchanged in most titles. Here are the direct links to the various drivers:

Desktop 32-bit Windows Vista/7/8
Desktop 64-bit Windows Vista/7/8
Mobile 32-bit Windows Vista/7/8
Mobile 64-bit Windows Vista/7/8

Source: NVIDIA Drivers Page

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  • Patflute - Thursday, October 11, 2012 - link

  • Barnassey - Thursday, October 11, 2012 - link

    Does this fix the driver not responding and has recovered errors 560 Ti owners have?
  • Magnus101 - Friday, October 12, 2012 - link

    That error was fixed in an earlier driver, which I'm using right now without the problems you mentioned (which I had and was forced to use the 275 drivers before).
    I think I use the driver just before this one right now.
  • Lerianis - Sunday, October 14, 2012 - link

    In most games. Perhaps there is more of a 'difference' with a newer graphics card/chip.
  • Sivar - Monday, October 15, 2012 - link

    It looks as if this release may have a few kinks to work out. My EVGA Geforce 580 is apparently unsupported hardware.
  • nleksan - Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - link

    I am just finishing up my first big-budget build in a few years (3930K/R4E/GTX670FTW all custom-liquid), and while I am still "catching up" with the hardware developments over the past few years, based on the architectural differences (actually, lack thereof) between the 680 and 670, am I in the "right" to assume that these performance increases will apply to the 670 as well as 680?

    I would like to be able to load the "best" drivers available when I first install Win7 Pro64 so that I don't have to deal with any driver issues ("Oh No! Never install W85r3u29384f-point-1, everyone knows that point-0.6541 is 2.98521% better, and you must now reinstall Windows while simultaneously reciting the Microsoft Bug-Free Prayer* while offering the great Gates a sacrifice in the form of a 1TB hard drive that must be dropped from a 28-story building and impact the ground at the exact same microsecond as you finish reciting the prayer AND Windows 7 completes the 3rd part of its installation; otherwise, you will never get it to work again!" *found in Book113, Appendix XXVI, Pages 891-to-1,214, Lines 34 through 78,910).

    I'm just excited to get this bad boy up and running, because I have quite a few years' worth of games to catch up on!

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