New NVIDIA drivers improve Battlefield 3 performance

This morning NVIDIA released new drivers for its GeForce family of PC graphics chips. The 285.62 version of the drivers are WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) approved and should be downloaded if you have a desktop PC with a GeForce-based graphics card installed.

This particular driver release is being promoted as the best way to get the most performance from Battlefield 3, the first person shooter from Electronic Arts that will officially be released on Tuesday. NVIDIA says, "For Battlefield 3 we’ve improved performance by up to 11 (percent) since the release of the GeForce 285.38 beta drivers."

Hardcore PC games, a label that can be given to a lot of our readers, will definitely want to install these drivers on your NVIDIA-based PC gaming rig.

It goes without saying that updating the graphics drivers on a PC is a constant in a hardcore PC gamer's life (some might say it's a constant pain). NVIDIA makes it easier by providing an page on the GeForce.com web site that can automatically check out which GPU your PC desktop or notebook has inside and then show you which official and beta drivers are available for your PC.

In addition to the Battlefield 3 improvements, the new 285.62 drivers also have some improvements for the recent id Software shooter Rage along with compatibility with the upcoming PC port of Batman: Arkham Asylum.

If you own an AMD Radeon-based PC, its recommended that you download the main 11.9 Catalyst drivers along with the 11.10 Version 3 preview drivers. Hopefully AMD will release the final version of the 11.10 drivers soon.

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"compatibility with the upcoming PC port of Batman: Arkham Asylum."

I could swear that this game is already installed on my PC, and has been for quite some time. I suppose some other Batman game was meant?

robert_s said,
"compatibility with the upcoming PC port of Batman: Arkham Asylum."

I could swear that this game is already installed on my PC, and has been for quite some time. I suppose some other Batman game was meant?

Perhaps they were referring to Arkham City, not Arkham Asylum...

Tried uninstalling the driver and reinstalling from scratch, and the black screen for Live TV remains. Great bug testing!

Adster01 said,
Tried uninstalling the driver and reinstalling from scratch, and the black screen for Live TV remains. Great bug testing!

ive also now got the media center live tv black screen bug

Adster01 said,
Latest drivers installed and now Media Center only shows a black screen. Super.

Yep, upgraded, Live tv is now a black screen. on a side not, when i downoaded the driver, it was in the beta section earlier today,so the artical makes sense, all though should now be updated. just checked then and its now in the select device/OS section.

If only nvidia would put as much effort into making a STABLE driver as they do in rushing out performance boosts and fixes for sloppy developer coding.

Blackhearted said,
If only nvidia would put as much effort into making a STABLE driver as they do in rushing out performance boosts and fixes for sloppy developer coding.

Not that ATI is any better..

brink668 said,
If they are WHQL are they still beta drivers? Wouldn't that be stable then?

They are not beta drivers.

xTdub said,

They are not beta drivers.

I'm pretty sure the reason for his statement was stating that fact. WHQL pretty much means they are NOT beta yet the title of the article is however "Nvidia release new BETA Drivers". Once again Callaham needs to really learn how to report things. This is one new poster on the Neowin site that honestly makes this site look very bad.

acidic-e- said,

I'm pretty sure the reason for his statement was stating that fact. WHQL pretty much means they are NOT beta yet the title of the article is however "Nvidia release new BETA Drivers". Once again Callaham needs to really learn how to report things. This is one new poster on the Neowin site that honestly makes this site look very bad.

People bitching about it, and not using the "Report an issue" button make the site look bad.