NVIDIA has just posted the WHQL-certified GeForce driver 296.10 for Windows 7 and Vista desktops and laptops and Windows XP desktops, and has also released a 296.17 driver specifically for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The new driver package replaces the weeks-old 295.73 driver package, and both it and the Windows 8 driver support all GeForce 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500 series cards and IGPs - the desktop versions include support for the DirectX9 6 and 7 series chips, and the laptop versions include support for mobile Quadro products.

A few months usually pass between NVIDIA driver releases, so the list of new stuff is pretty light relative to what we normally get: boosted SLI performance in Blacklight: Retribution, Dirt 3, Dishonored, Dungeon Defenders, F1 2011, and rFactor 2, and 3D vision support for Dear Esther and Deep Black: Reloaded.  The Windows 8 driver adds WDDM 1.2 support for that OS. That's it.

You can download all of the drivers from NVIDIA's GeForce driver site, which is linked below.

Source: NVIDIA

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  • eddman - Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - link

    It also includes the latest version of physX, 9.12.0213, with updated SDKs for Batman Arkham City, Alice 2, etc., although one can simply download and install it separately.
  • Toadster - Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - link

    and yes, TF2 is still being played! (albeit on one of my two video cards currently)
  • Longscope - Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - link

    Maybe this will fix the timing errors on the 560 series cards using win7 64

    I can't even get to the logon screen for win7 with any driver newer than June's. I'll have to test it later.
  • Origin32 - Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - link

    SLI support in Dungeon Defenders o.0. What are people running, 7600 SLI???
  • Jjoshua2 - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    Just what I was thinking. It probably is a wee bit demanding with max AA on a 30" lcd.
  • readyrover - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    I did the automatic upgrade on my Fermi Ti 560 and immediately afterwards my antivirus and Windows Defender were disabled, none of the new installed programs would uninstall and I could no longer log onto gmail or google HTTP due to a "bad certificate" error. I was able to use system restore and all is well now. But I didn't know if there were any reported problems with the new updates. Skyrim worked just fine with either driver, so no loss there. I may have had a combo of problems, but after going back to the older drivers I didn't receive the certificate error either...strange.

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