New Windows 8 drivers from NVIDIA coming next week

If you have an AMD Radeon graphics card, you might already know that company has released new graphics drivers that have been made specifically for the new Windows 8 Release Preview. But what about that other big PC graphics chip maker, NVIDIA? This week, the company announced it will have its own set of Windows 8 Release Preview drivers but you will have to wait a bit longer to grab them.

In a post on NVIDIA's blog site, the company said that it has received the Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) approvals from Microsoft for its new set of R302 GeForce drivers made specifically for the Windows 8 Release Preview and will offer them for PCs with NVIDIA Geforce graphics chips sometime early next week. The company added, "The WHQL certification of R302 drivers highlights the fact that NVIDIA is in lock-step with Microsoft and is fully prepared for Windows 8."

There's not a lot of details about what will be included in this new driver release but NVIDIA did say it would support its 3D Vision and 3DTV Play features. That means PC monitors and laptops with the correct 3D hardware will be able to support playing PC games and movies in 3D. Keep in mind that these drivers are for PC with Windows 8 Release Preview only; they are not designed for Windows 7, Vista or XP.

Source: NVIDIA blog

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Heads up gang, this just in from the same Nvidia blog post...
"[Update] (6/6/2012): We have decided to postpone the driver release to pick up some additional fixes that we feel are necessary for a great Windows 8 experience. We apologize for the delay and will post the new driver as soon as possible."

The current v296.14 drivers in my Geforce 8400GS-based laptop are really buggy. I hope the R302 drivers fix the problems I'm having...

I get the Pink Screen and it recovers sometimes and sometimes it reboots. Very annoying. Haven't had it happen in games yet. Only while browsing both IE desktop and metro. With the CP I set the drivers for Maximum performance and it did not Pink Screen. It seems not to matter in RP.

Windows 8 and Nvidia drivers havnt been working well for me since the first ones, I have my computer connected to a 32" TV through HDMI and I get screen bounce when maximizing or minimizing applications in the same resolution and it keeps popping up HDMI and my resolution at the top of my TV all the time for no reason.

I used Nvidia's auto detect function on their site and it found the current drivers and installed just fine. I use full screen Metro apps just fine on my laptop through an HDMI cable to my HDTV.

downhillrider said,
I used Nvidia's auto detect function on their site and it found the current drivers and installed just fine. I use full screen Metro apps just fine on my laptop through an HDMI cable to my HDTV.

Windows 7 driver should work fine, but I don't think that they will have support for WDDM/DXGI 1.2.

Thank god. The current Nvidia beta drivers for Windows 8 crash all the time, especially when using full screen Metro apps (all the more reason not to I guess). Any other Nvidia users experiencing similar problems?

Nick K said,
Thank god. The current Nvidia beta drivers for Windows 8 crash all the time, especially when using full screen Metro apps (all the more reason not to I guess). Any other Nvidia users experiencing similar problems?

Hard freezing only curable by a hard reboot every 5min to 1 hr

_heracles said,

Hard freezing only curable by a hard reboot every 5min to 1 hr

well I haven't experienced problems like that. Usually it's only full-screen Flash or Metro that causes the driver to crash. In most cases the driver will just reload and I can continue on, but sometimes I have to do a hard reset after a driver crash. Are you using Nvidia's version 296.17 beta drivers for Windows 8?

Nick K said,

well I haven't experienced problems like that. Usually it's only full-screen Flash or Metro that causes the driver to crash. In most cases the driver will just reload and I can continue on, but sometimes I have to do a hard reset after a driver crash. Are you using Nvidia's version 296.17 beta drivers for Windows 8?

I had the same exact problem..i uninstalled the drivers to the default on CP.. I hope this dun happen on RP

_heracles said,

Hard freezing only curable by a hard reboot every 5min to 1 hr

Let me guess, you're using chrome as your browser. It causes those types of issues.

Chris123NT said,

Let me guess, you're using chrome as your browser. It causes those types of issues.

It is not related to what you are doing per se. Chrome sucks balls compared to IE10 - only a douchenozzle would want to use Chrome when Ie10 is available.

Chris123NT said,

Let me guess, you're using chrome as your browser. It causes those types of issues.

I don't think its chrome related. I had to hard reboot twice when browsing with chrome, but still, my system feels rather unstable/laggy compared to CP. I am also still using the WDDM driver for Nvidia and Intel that Windows installed.

georgevella said,

I don't think its chrome related. I had to hard reboot twice when browsing with chrome, but still, my system feels rather unstable/laggy compared to CP. I am also still using the WDDM driver for Nvidia and Intel that Windows installed.

There are a couple week older NVidia drivers available on their site, you could also move to the Windows 7 drivers. (The difference is the WDM 1.1 vs WDM 1.2 - which is not something 99.99% of users would notice unless they are using the 3D features, etc.)

Also if it is any consolation, your experience is not 'typical' of the Release Preview and Nvidia drivers. Which means it will be fixed.

We have been benchmarking several NVidia cards on Windows 8, and it is easily beating Windows 7 in gaming and general GPU performance, while also being more GPU responsive and able to juggle more high end concurrent GPU processes at the same time. (This not only helps gaming and GP-GPU numbers, but end users will notice that things are a bit smoother no matter how hard the GPU is being used.)

I would suggest trying the other drivers for now, or waiting until the NVidia drivers are released next week.

If you still have issues then, bug it through feedback and also let NVidia know of the issues. Just in case you are finding the 1 in 100,000 type of bug and others are not reporting it.

JHBrown said,
Further reading shows AMD has drivers for Windows 8 first? My previous comment is a fail then!

AMD dropped support for all pre-DX11 cards. My Studio laptop has a HD 4570 card which will keep running near max core clock after watching a video. Also PowerPlay isn't supported in "in-the-box" drivers.

P.S.: For the first time, gfx card for my next build will be an nVidia GTX 670.

JHBrown said,
Further reading shows AMD has drivers for Windows 8 first?

Except that first does not always mean best. AMD is STILL trying to get their latest drivers working with the latest cards under Crossfire four months after the hardware was released.

Seems as though NVIDIA is always on the ball. This is usually why I choose there products over the competition!