NVIDIA ForceWare 257.21 WHQL

NVIDIA ForceWare software unleashes the full power and features in NVIDIA's desktop, gaming, platform, workstation, laptop, multimedia, and mobile products. Delivering a proven record of compatibility, reliability, and stability with the widest range of games and applications, ForceWare  software ensures the best experience with your NVIDIA hardware.

  • Adds support for Blu-ray 3D with NVIDIA 3D Vision technology. Learn more about the hardware and software requirements here  .
  • Increases performance for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs in several PC games.
  • Upgrades PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0223.
  • Adds support for OpenGL 4.0 for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs.
  • Adds support for CUDA Toolkit 3.1 which includes significant performance increases for double precision math operations. See CUDA Zone for more details.
  • Adds support for new extreme Antialiasing modes for 3-way SLI PCs, including up to SLI48x AA for GeForce 200 series GPUs and up to SLI96x AA for GeForce GTX 400 series GPUs.
  • Adds support for a new ‘Quality’ mode for NVIDIA’s Ambient Occlusion control panel feature.
  • Adds a new NVIDIA Control Panel setup page for SLI and PhysX for ultimate control over multi-gpu configurations.
  • Adds a new NVIDIA Control Panel feature for ultimate control over CUDA GPUs, allowing the user to effectively choose which GPU will power each CUDA application.
  • 3D Vision customers can download the v257.21 3D Vision drivers here.
  • Includes numerous bug fixes. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.

 Download: NVIDIA Forceware 257.21 WHQL

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The .15 version works fine for me, but this version caused by 470 to freeze the computer--presumably for overheating? So, one system restore later and I'm back to v.15. 8P

My Windows Experience Index score went up after installing this. I have a 4.9 from my 9600M GT on Windows 7 (against a 4.8 previously, Gaming graphics stand at 6.2). Too bad I didn't get this in time to test with the Need for Speed World beta.

Koshy John said,
My Windows Experience Index score went up after installing this. I have a 4.9 from my 9600M GT on Windows 7 (against a 4.8 previously, Gaming graphics stand at 6.2). Too bad I didn't get this in time to test with the Need for Speed World beta.

If your gaming graphics value was at 6.2 and stays there, the GPU driver probably has nothing to do with it.

I believe Microsoft might have updated their WEI.

causa45 said,
If your gaming graphics value was at 6.2 and stays there, the GPU driver probably has nothing to do with it.

Gaming graphics score stayed the same but the graphics score (for aero) went up from 4.8 to 4.9. My current scores are [5.7, 5.7, 4.9, 6.2, 5.2].

Koshy John said,
My Windows Experience Index score went up after installing this. I have a 4.9 from my 9600M GT on Windows 7 (against a 4.8 previously, Gaming graphics stand at 6.2).

I've got the same card in my laptop and this update increased my gaming graphics .1 (to 6.1) and decreased my graphics .1 (to 4.8). These scores seem to alternate up or down .1 with each new release.