NVIDIA just released their latest driver updates today, bringing us up to version 344.48. These are WHQL certified drivers, and they're also Game Ready for several upcoming titles. NVIDIA specifically calls out Civilization: Beyond Earth (launching tomorrow), Lords of the Fallen (coming October 28), and Elite: Dangerous (a Kickstarter game currently available in Beta form). You can snag the drivers at the usual place, or if you're like most people and are running a desktop GPU on Windows 7/8.1 64-bit, here's the direct link; the drivers are also available for most NVIDIA laptops.

Looking over the complete release notes, the 344.48 drivers also bring DSR (Dynamic Super Resolution) support to Kepler and Fermi GPUs, there are a few tweaks to upcoming games (e.g. Assassin's Creed Unity notes that control panel FXAA is disabled), and SLI profiles have been added for ten new games. There are no specific details on performance improvements with the new drivers, which is insteresting as usually about a month or two after a major GPU launch (i.e. GM204), NVIDIA will further refine their drivers to extract more performance; perhaps we'll see some performance enhancements in the near future for GM204 owners.

Source: NVIDIA

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  • D. Lister - Friday, October 24, 2014 - link

    Two GPUs that are working on the same motherboard, sharing PCI-e and having the same power source is not the same as parking two vehicles next to each other. To enable physx on a non-Nvidia GPU means having full access to that particular hardware and its device drivers. That means Nvidia is going to have to spend time and money specifically to benefit their competition. Welcome to planet Earth... sorry, but we do things a little differently here :). Reply
  • AnnihilatorX - Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - link

    Regarding the scenario of a person buying a high end AMD GPU for rendering and a low end Nvvidia card for PhysX. Nvidia's disabling PhysX still anti-consumer because of the fact that, Nvidia still gets the profit from selling a low end GPU. Reply
  • jhoff80 - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - link

    Yes, the IGP and Nvidia GPU can be enabled at the same time. As far as I know, if you want to use QuickSync for video encoding, you in fact need both enabled. Reply
  • przemo_li - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - link

    There is AMD HybridCrossfire

    If GPU is "on pair" with APU, then it will be used as normal Crossfire.

    Otherwise iGPU is used as display controler. (GPU do the rendering, pixels then travel to iGPU and only then to Display)

    That is for DX at least.

    For Mantle they aim at assigning tasks to ALL present GPUs as programmers seem workable.

    (Like Scene rendered on GPU and then postprocessed on iGPU)
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  • chizow - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - link

    Been this way for 4-5 years, but it should be no problem for AMD and their fans since they generally seem not to care for PhysX, calling it a gimmick that will die etc. etc.

    Nvidia doesn't want to QA it, and who blames them really, they validate it on Nvidia approved configurations and that is the extent. Given how many problems you can encounter in a multi-vendor GPU ecosystem this is really no surprise.
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  • HerveS94 - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - link

    i hope this driver brings new features and more performance Reply
  • Vidmo - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - link

    Let's hope they don't kill HDCP again for HTPCs connected to receivers. Reply
  • TEAMSWITCHER - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - link

    It was fun to play around with the DSR settings on my SuperClocked GTX 680 cards. I like that consideration given to older (but still good) GPUs. Also, I'm still in shock over the 900 series - best performance, lower cost, *and* lower power. That kind of "all-around" improvement is rarely seen in product launches these days. NVIDIA has graphics mojo! Reply
  • nicolapeluchetti - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - link

    DSR seems not a stupid thing, i have 780Ti and when i do 1080p on my 55" plasma TV i have high framerates which i do not need, if the image does look better it's a good thing. Reply
  • laughingkoala - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - link

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand........... it won't install. Reply

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