Saturday, November 22, 2008

Nvidia 'Big Bang II' 180.48 WHQL Drivers

Exciting New Features:
Enables NVIDIA SLI technology on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards with the following GPUs:

GeForce GTX 280, GeForce GTX 260, GeForce 9800 GX2, GeForce 9800 GTX+, and GeForce 9800 GTX. Learn more here.

Enables NVIDIA SLI Multi-monitor support, giving you the ability to use two monitors with your GeForce graphics cards in SLI mode. Now you can easily switch between multi-monitor desktop mode and full screen 3D gaming mode. Learn more here.

Enables NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. Learn more here.

(Note: GPU PhysX is supported on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory. This driver package automatically installs PhysX System Software version 8.10.13).

Blazing Fast Performance:
Boosts performance in numerous 3D applications. The following are some examples of improvements measured with Release 180 WHQL drivers vs. Release 178 WHQL drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):

Up to 10% performance increase in 3DMark Vantage (performance preset)
Up to 13% performance increase in Assassin's Creed
Up to 13% performance increase in BioShock
Up to 15% performance increase in Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
Up to 10% performance increase in Crysis Warhead
Up to 25% performance increase in Devil May Cry 4
Up to 38% performance increase in Far Cry 2
Up to 18% performance increase in Race Driver: GRID
Up to 80% performance increase in Lost Planet: Colonies
Up to 18% performance increase in World of Conflict

And More:
Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL, including 3-way and Quad SLI technology.
Supports CUDA.
Supports distributing computing application.
Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
Includes numerous 3D application compatibility fixes. Please read the release notes for more information on product support, features, driver fixes and known compatibility issues.

Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here:

Supported Products:

GeForce GTX 280

GeForce GTX 260

GeForce 9800 GX2

GeForce 9800 GTX+

GeForce 9800 GTX

GeForce 9800 GT

GeForce 9600 GT

GeForce 9600 GSO

GeForce 9500 GT

GeForce 9500 GS

GeForce 9400 GT

GeForce 9400

GeForce 9300

GeForce 9200

GeForce 8800 Ultra

GeForce 8800 GTX

GeForce 8800 GTS 512

GeForce 8800 GTS

GeForce 8800 GT

GeForce 8800 GS

Release Notes [PDF]:

Downloads for Windows XP/ Media Center Edition:

Downloads for Windows XP x64, Server 2003 x64:

Downloads for Windows Vista 32-bit:

Downloads for Windows Vista 64-bit :

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