270.51 Driver Improves Performance & Adds New Features

March 29, 2011

By Andrew Burnes

Click here to download our latest and greatest set of drivers, 270.51. Including a number of new features, the 270.51 driver set also boasts numerous, notable performance gains in standard gaming modes, SLI gaming modes, and 3D Vision gaming modes.

As you can see in the chart below, we measured performance increases of 11% on the GeForce GTX 580 in our two Just Cause 2 tests, 7% in Civilization V, 6% in Far Cry 2 SLI, 5% in Civilization V SLI, 5% in Left 4 Dead 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 SLI, 4% in H.A.W.X. 2 SLI, and 4% in Mafia 2 SLI.

Testing was conducted on a Windows 7 system, with the resolution set to 1900x1200, and 2560x1600 in SLI benchmarks. Anti-Aliasing was set to 8x (4x in Civ V and Left 4 Dead 2 SLI, ‘on’ in Mafia 2, and ‘off’ in Left 4 Dead 2), Anisotropic Filtering to 16x (‘off’ in Left 4 Dead 2), all detail levels set to max, and PhysX set to ‘High’ in Mafia 2.

On the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, max settings were once again enabled in all games, the resolutions remained the same, and PhysX was enabled in the ever-demanding Metro 2033. Far Cry 2 SLI and Just Cause 2 SLI were tested with Anti-Aliasing set to 8x, and the others 4x, and all with Anisotropic Filtering set to 16x. Two exceptions were Call Of Duty: Black Ops and Civilization V, both of which were benchmarked without Anti-Aliasing or Anisotropic Filtering.

As the following chart shows, we measured performance increases of 19% in Just Cause 2 SLI, 13% in Just Cause 2, 6% in Far Cry 2 SLI, 5% in Call Of Duty: Black Ops, 5% in H.A.W.X. 2 SLI, 4% in Call Of Duty: Black Ops SLI, 4% in Civilization V SLI, 4% in Left 4 Dead 2 SLI, and 4% in Metro 2033 SLI.

There’s good news for Dragon Age II gamers, too – the recently released action role-playing game is now 6.2 times faster in a GeForce GTX 580 SLI configuration, 5.6 times faster in a GTX 560 Ti SLI configuration, 4.5 times faster on a single GTX 580, and 3.6 times faster on a single 560 Ti.

In 3D Vision Surround (three monitors simultaneously running a game in 3D Vision at 5760x1080, with 2xAA), on a system equipped with two GeForce GTX 480s in SLI, Call Of Duty: Black Ops frame rates increase by an incredible 367%, and an equally impressive 350% in Left 4 Dead 2. Significant performance gains are also found in Left 4 Dead (337%), Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (277%), Need For Speed: Shift (259%), Aliens vs. Predator (209%), and Burnout Paradise (207%). 3D Vision performance in DirectX 9 games on SLI systems is now also improved, regardless of the number of screens.

3D Crosshair performance in Source Engine games is also improved. If you’re unfamiliar with the technology, the NVIDIA 3D Vision driver can analyse the in-game crosshair and dynamically place it at the correct depth. In Half-Life 2, 3D Crosshair performance is now 8.3 times faster; in Left 4 Dead, 1.2 times faster; in Left 4 Dead 2, 1.4 times faster; and in Portal, 1.2 times faster.

270.51 also boasts several software improvements, beginning with the integration of the 3D Vision USB Controller driver, resulting in easier installation for 3D Vision users and the need to only download one set of drivers. Further simplifying matters is 3DTV Play software, and also operates with Windows Aero enabled in Windows 7.

And finally, Forceware 270.51 comes bundled with a huge range of new 3D Vision profiles, enabling 3D Vision support in games such as Homefront, Richard Burns Rally and Test Drive Unlimited 2, and in titles yet to be released, such as Duke Nukem Forever, Portal 2, and Section 8: Prejudice.

So what are you waiting for? Download 270.51 today and experience even better frame rates in your favourite games, and see many of those in a brand new dimension thanks to the new 3D Vision profiles.