GeForce 320.00 Beta Drivers: A Recommended Upgrade For Dead Island: Riptide

Drivers

The new GeForce 320.00 beta driver is now available to download. An essential update for gamers jumping into this month’s latest releases, today’s driver ensures maximum system compatibility and performance in games such as Dead Island: Riptide, Neverwinter, and Star Trek: The Videogame. 320.00 beta also boasts performance improvements of up to 20% in Tomb Raider, 20% in DiRT Showdown, 8% in Assassin’s Creed III, 6% in Far Cry 3, and 5% in BioShock Infinite.

320.00 beta also features SLI profiles for Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, Dead Island: Riptide, Neverwinter, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, GRID 2, and Remember Me, as well as updated profiles for Natural Selection 2, Resident Evil 6, and TrackMania² Canyon.

You can download the GeForce 320.00 beta drivers with one click from the GeForce.com homepage. Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 packages are available for desktop systems, and for notebooks there are Windows 7 and Windows 8 downloads that cover all non-legacy products.

If you have any feedback please leave a comment at the bottom of the article, and if you have a technical issue please report the problem through the NVIDIA Display Driver Feedback Form.

Additional Performance Improvements

As mentioned in the intro, 320.00 beta boosts performance improvements by up to 20% in Tomb Raider, 20% in DiRT Showdown, 8% in Assassin’s Creed III, 6% in Far Cry 3, and 5% in BioShock Infinite. In addition, there are over a dozen extra optimizations for titles both old and new, as detailed below.

Please note that performance improvements benefit all GeForce GTX graphics cards, though obviously to varying degrees. We would of course love to show how our optimizations benefit the entire range of GeForce GTX GPUs, but sadly this is unfeasible given the number of benchmarks required. If you test the changes out at home on hardware not represented in this article please share your results with the community via the Disqus comments and GeForce.com Forums.

GTX 680

Game Settings & Results:

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Performance increased by 5.6% at 1920x1080 using max settings and FXAA High.
  • DiRT Showdown: Performance increased by 20.2% at 2560x1600 using max settings and 8xMSAA.
  • Far Cry 3: Performance increased by 3.1% at 1920x1080 using max settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Metro 2033: Performance increased by 6.2% at 2560x1600 using High settings and AAA Anti-Aliasing.
  • StarCraft II: Performance increased by 10.9% at 1920x1080 using max settings and 8xMSAA.
  • Tomb Raider: Performance increased by 9.5% at 1920x1080 using Ultra settings and FXAA, and by 17.9% at 2560x1600. Using Ultimate settings and FXAA, performance increased by 11.3% at 1920x1080, and 20.1% at 2560x1600.

GTX 680 SLI

Game Settings & Results:

  • Assassin’s Creed III: Performance increased by 3.7% at 1920x1080 using Very High settings and Very High Anti-Aliasing.
  • Batman: Arkham City: Performance increased by 5.8% at 1920x1080 using Very High settings, High Tessellation, and FXAA High.
  • BioShock Infinite: Performance increased by 4.3% at 2560x1600 using Very High settings.
  • Crysis 3: Performance increased by 3.5% at 1920x1080 using max settings and SMAA MGPU (2X).
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Performance increased by 5.9% at 2560x1600 using max settings.
  • DiRT Showdown: Performance increased by 20.5% at 2560x1600 using max settings and 4xMSAA.
  • F1 2012: Performance increased by 4.9% at 2560x1600 using max settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Far Cry 3: Performance increased by 4.1% at 1920x1080 using max settings and 8xMSAA.
  • Just Cause 2: Performance increased by 5% at 1920x1080 using max settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Metro 2033: Performance increased by 9% at 2560x1600 using High settings and AAA Anti-Aliasing.
  • Shogun 2: Total War: Performance increased by 3.7% at 1920x1080 using max settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Sniper Elite V2: Performance increased by 5.7% at 2560x1600 using max settings and AA High. With 2.25x Supersampling enabled, performance increased by 4.5%.
  • StarCraft II: Performance increased by 13.6% at 1920x1080 using max settings and 8xMSAA.
  • The Witcher 2: Performance increased by 3% at 2560x1600 using max settings.
  • Tomb Raider: Performance increased by 11.2% at 1920x1080 using Ultra settings and FXAA, and by 18.5% at 2560x1600. Using Ultimate settings and FXAA, performance increased by 7.4% at 1920x1080, and 17.2% at 2560x1600.

GTX 660

Game Settings & Results:

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Performance increased by 4.5% at 2560x1600 using max settings and FXAA High.
  • DiRT Showdown: Performance increased by 19.6% at 2560x1600 using max settings and 8xMSAA.
  • F1 2012: Performance increased by 4.8% at 1920x1080 using max settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Far Cry 3: Performance increased by 6% at 1920x1080 using max settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Hitman Absolution: Performance increased by 3.7% at 1920x1080 using high settings.
  • Metro 2033: Performance increased by 6.3% at 1920x1080 using High settings and AAA Anti-Aliasing.
  • Sleeping Dogs: Performance increased by 3.3% at 2560x1600 using Extreme settings and Normal AA.
  • Shogun 2: Total War: Performance increased by 3.4% at 1920x1080 using max settings.
  • Sniper Elite V2: Performance increased by 4.8% at 1920x1080 using max settings and AA High. With 2.25x Supersampling enabled, performance increased by 5.5%.
  • StarCraft II: Performance increased by 8.5% at 1920x1080 using max settings and 8xMSAA.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Performance increased by 3.3% at 1920x1080 using max settings.
  • Tomb Raider: Performance increased by 11.3% at 1920x1080 using Ultra settings and FXAA, and by 17.8% at 2560x1600. Using Ultimate settings and FXAA, performance increased by 16.6% at 1920x1080.

GTX 660 SLI

Game Settings & Results:

  • Assassin’s Creed III: Performance increased by 8.5% at 2560x1600 using Very High settings and Very High Anti-Aliasing.
  • Battlefield 3: Performance increased by 3.6% at 1920x1080 using max settings and 4xMSAA.
  • BioShock Infinite: Performance increased by 5% at 2560x1600 using Very High settings.
  • Civilization V: Performance increased by 7.3% at 2560x1600 using max DirectX 11 settings and 8xMSAA.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Performance increased by 5.6% at 1920x1080 using max settings.
  • DiRT Showdown: Performance increased by 16.9% at 2560x1600 using max settings.
  • Far Cry 3: Performance increased by 5% at 1920x1080 using max settings and 8xMSAA.
  • Just Cause 2: Performance increased by 5% at 1920x1080 using max settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Metro 2033: Performance increased by 8.5% at 2560x1600 using High settings and AAA Anti-Aliasing.
  • StarCraft II: Performance increased by 7.1% at 1920x1080 using max settings and 8xMSAA.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Performance increased by 8.9% at 2560x1600 using High settings.
  • Tomb Raider: Performance increased by 10.2% at 1920x1080 using Ultra settings and FXAA, and by 18.2% at 2560x1600. Using Ultimate settings and FXAA, performance increased by 9.9% at 1920x1080, and 16.8% at 2560x1600.

Other 320.00 Beta Highlights

New & Updated SLI Profiles

  • Alien Fear – Added SLI profile
  • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger – Added SLI profile
  • Dead Island: Riptide – Added SLI profile
  • Dragon Sword – Added SLI profile
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon – Added SLI profile
  • GRID 2 – Added SLI profile
  • Human Head 2 – Added SLI profile
  • Natural Selection 2 – Updated SLI profile
  • Neverwinter – Added SLI profile
  • Remember Me – Added SLI profile
  • Resident Evil 6 – Updated SLI profile
  • The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct – Added SLI profile
  • TrackMania² Canyon – Updated SLI profile

Bug Fixes

320.00 introduces bug fixes for several game-related issues, seen in titles such as APB: Reloaded, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Crysis 3, DiRT 3, Red Orchestra 2, StarCraft II, and Tomb Raider. For full details please check out the release notes on the driver download page.

You can download the GeForce 320.00 beta drivers with one click from the GeForce.com homepage. If you have any feedback please drop us a note in the comments section below, and if you have a technical issue please report the problem through the NVIDIA Display Driver Feedback Form.

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