One of the reasons that NVIDIA has been able to execute their product launches so well over these past couple of years has been because of their excellent driver development team.  As numerous companies in the past have proven, it is the drivers that can make or break a product.  Remember the original Savage3D from S3?  On paper it was a great chip but poor driver support from virtually all companies except for the Hercules lead to its premature demise.  What about its eventual successor, the Savage 2000?  The same story applies there.  The launch of the Matrox G200 was haunted by a missing OpenGL ICD; a ghost that remained as such for many months after its launch.  The bottom line is that drivers are key to the success or failure of a product, especially when dealing with 3D graphics cards.

Ever since the first set of Detonator drivers was released, NVIDIA has made it a ritual to offer performance enhancing drivers with every product release.  Because of NVIDIA’s self-imposed 6-month product cycle, this translates into new drivers that offer increased performance for the majority of available cards at no cost to the end user.  The most recent example would be the release of the Detonator3 drivers back in August of 2000.  The Detonator3 drivers offered a 10 – 30% performance boost at 1024 x 768 x 32 for the GeForce SDR/DDR, GeForce2 MX and GeForce2 GTS/Ultra.  This increased performance came at no extra cost to owners of the aforementioned NVIDIA products.  The performance increase was the result of numerous tweaks and optimizations that NVIDIA had been working on prior to the release of the drivers.

In spite of the seemingly endless stream of NVIDIA driver leaks, NVIDIA was able to keep one little trick under raps.  While originally intended to be released alongside NVIDIA’s fall product line, increasing pressure from their chief competitor forced NVIDIA to push the release of their Detonator 4 drivers earlier than expected.  The drivers will be released this week by NVIDIA and carry a version number of 20.xx, we tested with 20.80.  Do not ask us to send you the drivers, you will have to wait for NVIDIA’s release later this week. 

Detonator 4 Improvements?
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  • Pedro_Truitt - Friday, February 26, 2021 - link

    Thank you for sharing this set of drivers for Nvidia. I think if you are the owner of such a video card, you need to regularly update the drivers in order to get the maximum performance for your video card. Nvidia is an American technology company that develops graphics processing units and systems-on-a-chip (SoC). The company's developments have spread to the video games, professional visualization, high-performance computing and automotive industries, where Nvidia's on-board computers are used as the basis for self-driving cars. The company was founded in 1993. In 2018, it was the world's largest manufacturer of PC-compatible discrete graphics with a share of 81.2%. I learned this information from YouTube videos in which nvidia developers talk about their company and show production capacities. I found more than a dozen videos on this topic there and noticed that most often such videos had about 26 thousand views! I am sure this is because their authors have resorted to using the services of in order to wind up views.
  • Aidenclark - Thursday, April 15, 2021 - link

    If I know so much about nvidia I would create instagram profile about it. I know where to get followers for instagram profile. You can read it too from this site

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