NVIDIA GeForce beta drivers released for Windows 8 RP

It's taken a while but today, NVIDIA is finally giving all those Windows 8 users who have GeForce graphics cards on their desktop PCs some love. In an updated blog post, NVIDIA has now released the 302.80 beta versions of the desktop GeForce drivers (32-bit version and 64-bit version) for the Windows 8 Release Preview.

The same day that the Windows 8 Release Preview was launched by Microsoft, NVIDIA said it would release its WHQL-based Windows 8 compatible GeForce graphics driver versions sometime in the next week. However, NVIDIA later announced that the release of those drivers was delayed. These new beta drivers that were made available to download today are not yet WHQL certified. Furthermore, notebooks that use NVIDIA graphics chips won't get their own beta Windows 8 drivers until Friday.

The release notes for the 302.80 beta drivers reveal some of the known issues with this release, including some "flickering/shimmering within several DirectX applications when launched with FXAA turned on from the NVIDIA Control Panel" with the GeForce GT 520 graphics card in the 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Keep in mind that this driver release is just for the Windows 8 Release Preview and should not be installed on a PC if you still have Windows 7, Vista or XP installed.

Source: NVIDIA blog

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The last beta drivers for Windows 8 Consumer Preview were causing some major issues for me and my GeForce 460 GTX. For whatever reason it seemed that the card was overheating and the display would freeze and show gibberish for a moment, it would go black for a moment, and then everything would come back up and be operational again or it would reboot the computer.
I'm going to continue using the Windows 7 drivers since I haven't had any issues with them and wait for a finished and polished Windows 8 and nVidia drivers before I test again.

Don't install these drivers, everything was working fine on 296.17 then after these everything is artifacting in every game and desktop and rolling back doesn't fix it!

My Win 8 has been freezing periodically with reliability monitor reporting hardware errors since the release came out. I'm hoping and guessing that this will address that minor inconvenience. I thought it might be my SSD starting to fail, but I think it's the drivers. 2 GTX 550 Ti's.

These are not considered beta desktop drivers as they are WHQL signed. That's why it took so look for them to be released I guess.

Thief000 said,
These are not considered beta desktop drivers as they are WHQL signed. That's why it took so look for them to be released I guess.


WDDM 1.2 does also include a host of changes that would have been fairly complex to implement especially given the way nVidia structures their drivers.

Are these actually stable? Using rolled back drivers which so far have been 100% stable for me and don't fancy going to these new drivers only for them to cause me headaches,

The Teej said,
Are these actually stable? Using rolled back drivers which so far have been 100% stable for me and don't fancy going to these new drivers only for them to cause me headaches,

Beta drivers on a Beta OS... so...

xendrome said,

Beta drivers on a Beta OS... so...

I'm using beta drivers (older ones at that) on a beta OS and it's fine for me - obviously there are going to be issues but it's absolutely absurd that one set of drivers have few issues, and later drivers have a barrage of windows-crashing bugs that occur 10 times in a day.

WOHOOOOO, Hopefully I won't get any windows 8 freezes from now on (I hope it's from video drivers), I'm gonna get them right now... gt540m here.

Edit: This graphics driver could not find compatible graphic hardware.

Wtf*?

I am guessing the "m" is for mobile which in that case the article mentions the mobile version will be out on Friday!

SubZenit said,
WOHOOOOO, Hopefully I won't get any windows 8 freezes from now on (I hope it's from video drivers), I'm gonna get them right now... gt540m here.

Edit: This graphics driver could not find compatible graphic hardware.

Wtf*?

SubZenit said,
WOHOOOOO, Hopefully I won't get any windows 8 freezes from now on (I hope it's from video drivers), I'm gonna get them right now... gt540m here.

Edit: This graphics driver could not find compatible graphic hardware.

Wtf*?

Don't know for sure but this is a beta of the desktop drivers, not mobile/laptop. Your graphics card number indicates its a mobile graphics card by the following letter 'm' after the number.

Lunfai said,

Don't know for sure but this is a beta of the desktop drivers, not mobile/laptop. Your graphics card number indicates its a mobile graphics card by the following letter 'm' after the number.

Yeap, I just noticed that too, I'm gonna search for mobile ones. Thanks though. ;-)

Lunfai said,

Don't know for sure but this is a beta of the desktop drivers, not mobile/laptop. Your graphics card number indicates its a mobile graphics card by the following letter 'm' after the number.

Furthermore, notebooks that use NVIDIA graphics chips won't get their own beta Windows 8 drivers until Friday.
Totally missed this between the excitement of finally installing a proper NVidia driver and the anger about the incorrect link for the Intel HD gfx drivers compatible with w8

SubZenit said,
WOHOOOOO, Hopefully I won't get any windows 8 freezes from now on (I hope it's from video drivers), I'm gonna get them right now... gt540m here.

Edit: This graphics driver could not find compatible graphic hardware.

Wtf*?

Update: " An equivalent driver for GeForce notebook GPUs is planned for tomorrow morning.", -,,-

SubZenit said,

Update: " An equivalent driver for GeForce notebook GPUs is planned for tomorrow morning.", -,,-

Just in time for Dreamhack! YAY!

The freeze seems to be due to Sandy Bridge (or higher) CPUs, and independent of GPU. Please reply if your CPU isn't Sandy Bridge based.

JOHW said,
The freeze seems to be due to Sandy Bridge (or higher) CPUs, and independent of GPU. Please reply if your CPU isn't Sandy Bridge based.

it's an i7 2nd Gen 2630QM, so yes - It's sandy-bridge, do you have any fix for this? :[