Today Nvidia has released its first beta graphics drivers for Windows 10 for both 32 and 64 bit machines through its website. The new drivers support a wider range of cards that were previously unavailable through Windows Update marking the first major step toward broad future DirectX 12 support for Nvidia cards. DirectX 12 was introduced over a year ago at the Game Developers Conference and promises users a significant increase in existing graphics performance and energy efficiency over DirectX 11.
Not all cards will support all of the features of DirectX 12, but it's great to see Nvidia providing early support for Windows 10. Typically, we see driver availability at a much later date when Microsoft moves into the 'release candidate' stage of Windows development. The new update bumps the driver version to 352.63 with support for 600, 700, and 900 Series GeForce cards. You can see a list of currently supported graphics card below:
- 900 Series: GeForce GTX TITAN X, GeForce GTX 980, GeForce GTX 970, GeForce GTX 960
- 700 Series: GeForce GTX TITAN Z, GeForce GTX TITAN Black, GeForce GTX TITAN, GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GeForce GTX 780, GeForce GTX 770, GeForce GTX 760, GeForce GTX 760 Ti (OEM), GeForce GTX 750 Ti, GeForce GTX 750, GeForce GTX 745, GeForce GT 740, GeForce GT 720, GeForce GT 710, GeForce GT 705
- 600 Series: GeForce GTX 690, GeForce GTX 680, GeForce GTX 670, GeForce GTX 660 Ti, GeForce GTX 660, GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST, GeForce GTX 650 Ti, GeForce GTX 650
Until this point, users have been able to get some beta drivers through Windows Update. Many of those who were running Windows 10 on their PCs with Nvidia cards had to rely on unsupported and stock drivers that have caused issues for many people. If you have a supported Nvidia branded graphics card in your computer and are using Windows 10 you should definitely check out the downloads here.
Update: Drivers for the mobile (M) series of graphics cards (including the 800 Series) are also available through the Nvidia website.