Introducing the Release 265 Family of Drivers

January 4, 2011

By Chris Daniel

Today we are introducing the new Release 265 family of drivers (versions 265.xx to 269.xx). Read on for details about this new family of drivers' including performance optimizations and new features. You can try out this family of drivers now by downloading the new version 266.35 beta drivers.

One of the great things about a new family of drivers is that it often carries with it some nice performance optimizations. Release 265 is no exception. The following performance increases were measured on a GeForce GTX 580, however similar increases can be seen across most 400 series and 500 series GPUs.

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In addition to performance, Release 265 drivers take visual quality to the next level by adding Ambient Occlusion support for one of the most popular games, StarCraft II. By applying the ambient occlusion feature from the NVIDIA Control Panel, gamers can improve the quality of lighting, shadows, and depth perception in many parts of the game. You can see the example below. You can also learn more about this feature here.

For NVIDIA 3D Vision users, Release 265 coincides with the beta 2 release of Together, customers can now share 3D photos in windowed and fullscreen views. Beta 2 also enhances the 3D video streaming and now supports over 60 3D videos! The new scalable video management engine is powered by Fordela.

Last but not least, Release 265 also adds support for 3D Vision gaming in a desktop window. This allows DirectX 9 games to be played in a window while still having access to email, web, and chat applications. With version 266.35 drivers, this feature works with many popular games that support window mode such as World of Warcraft, EverQuest 2, and Aion. You can visit for a full list of games. Support for window mode also allows customers to use 3D Vision on popular applications like Google Earth!

Enjoy the Release 265 drivers and let us know what you think about the new performance and features. Also check out the release highlights on the driver pages for more detail on the changes and a full list of new features.