GeForce 320.18 WHQL Drivers Released

Drivers

The new GeForce 320.18 WHQL driver is now available to download. An essential update for gamers jumping into the latest releases, today’s Microsoft-certified driver increases performance by up to 20% in Tomb Raider, 20% in DiRT Showdown, 10% Metro: Last Light, 8% in Assassin’s Creed III, 6% in Far Cry 3, and 5% in BioShock Infinite. Furthermore, compatibility and stability improvements offered at or before the day of release of Dead Island: Riptide, Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter, Metro: Last Light, and Star Trek: The Videogame, are included in today’s WHQL, too, to ensure that gamers who did not download our recent betas have the best experience possible.

In addition to all of the above, 320.18 WHQL also includes SLI profiles for Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, Dead Island: Riptide, Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter, Euro Truck Simulator 2, 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.

And finally, GeForce 320.18 WHQL is the recommended day-of-launch driver for gamers upgrading to the newly-released GeForce GTX 780 video card, which you can learn about in detail in our GeForce GTX 780 launch article.

You can download the GeForce 320.18 WHQL driver from our driver download page, or automatically through GeForce Experience 1.5, which has launched alongside 320.18 WHQL. The easiest way to optimize your gaming experience, GeForce Experience automatically configures game settings based on your PC’s GPU, CPU, and RAM, giving you the perfect balance between performance and image quality. GeForce Experience can also automatically download and install new GeForce Experience game profiles and settings, SLI profiles, and 3D Vision profiles, keeping your system in tip-top shape at all times.

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.

Performance Improvements

As mentioned, 320.18 WHQL boosts performance improvements by up to 20% in Tomb Raider, 20% in DiRT Showdown, 10% Metro: Last Light, 8% in Assassin’s Creed III, 6% in Far Cry 3, and 5% in BioShock Infinite. Additionally, it optimizes performance in a dozen other games, both old and new.

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 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.
  • Metro: Last Light: Performance increased by 10% in the game’s benchmark at 1920x1080, using Very High Quality, Very High Tessellation, and Normal Motion Blur.
  • 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.
  • Metro: Last Light: Performance increased by 9.1% in the game’s benchmark at 1920x1080, using Very High Quality, Very High Tessellation, 2X SSAA, and Normal Motion Blur.
  • 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.

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
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter – Added SLI profile
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 – Added SLI Profile
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon – Added SLI profile
  • GRID 2 – Added SLI profile
  • Human Head 2, AKA Digital Ira – Added SLI profile
  • Natural Selection 2 – Updated 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

You can download the GeForce 320.18 WHQL driver from our driver download page, or automatically through GeForce Experience 1.5. 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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