A major update to the NVIDIA ForceWare driver line

    On June 15, NVIDIA provided access to download the new diver 257.21, which simply cannot be missed by users of NVIDIA-based graphics cards.

    This release is a logical continuation of the ForceWare 257.15 Beta driver, released on May 24th.

    In fact, this is the first driver of the 2xx line. By tradition, among the supported series are GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400 and ION.

    New in version 257.21

    • Added support for NVIDIA 3D Vision technology for Blu-ray 3D.
    • Enhances the performance of the GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs in multiple PC games.
    1. PhysX system software update to version 9.10.0223.
    2. Added support for OpenGL 4.0 in the GeForce GTX 400 series GPUs.
    3. Added support for CUDA Toolkit 3.1, which provides a significant performance boost in double precision mathematical operations . More information on the CUDA Zone website.
    4. Added support for new extreme anti-aliasing modes for 3-way SLI PCs, up to SLI48x AA in the GeForce 200 series GPUs and up to SLI96x AA in the GeForce GTX 400 series.
    5. Added support for the new Quality mode in the NVIDIA Ambient Occlusion Control Panel.
    6. A new SLI and PhysX settings page has been added to the NVIDIA Control Panel, providing excellent control over configurations with multiple GPUs.
    7. Added a new feature in the NVIDIA Control Panel that provides excellent control over CUDA GPU settings. Now the user can choose which GPU will provide the calculations for each CUDA application.
    8. 3D Vision users can download v257.12 3D Vision drivers here .
    9. Multiple bug fixes.

    Additional Information

    • Installs the HD Audio driver version
    • Support for new GPU-accelerated Adobe CS5 features .
    • Support for GPU acceleration provides smoother online video playback in HD using Adobe Flash 10.1 . Details here .
    • Support for the new version of the software for improving the quality of vReveal video from MotionDSP, equipped with the ability to output video in HD format. Users of NVIDIA products can download the new version of vReveal with support for SD output format here .
    • DirectCompute support in Windows 7 when working with GeForce 8 and later GPUs.
    • Support for OpenCL 1.0 on all GeForce 8 Series and later GPUs.
    • Support for OpenGL 3.3 on GeForce 8 Series and later GPUs.
    • Support for single GPUs and NVIDIA SLI technology on SLI-certified motherboards based on Intel X58 with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI and SLI.
    • Allows you to overclock the GPU and monitor the temperature using system tools NVIDIA.

    So, as you can see, nVidia has prepared a lot of goodies for us.

    UPD As shipovalov suggested , the drivers for Quadro have also been updated (though with a 2-day delay) to 258.49 WHQL .

    We upload from the official site:
    Release Notes
    ru.download.nvidia.com/Windows/257.21/257.21_Win7_WinVista_Desktop_Release_Notes.pdf The

    list of changes is taken from the official site .

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