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NVIDIA launches feature-packed GeForce 180 "Big Bang II" drivers

by Parm Mann on 21 October 2008, 17:44

Tags: GeForce drivers, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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NVIDIA gives AMD a little spank

Another big feature to make the release is a PhysX configuration page in the NVIDIA control panel. The provided options allow PhysX acceleration to be enabled or disabled, and offloaded to a dedicated GPU. The idea is to allow users to add a reasonably-cheap GPU, say a GeForce 9600 GT, to an existing setup and use it solely for PhysX calculations. The performance boost, says NVIDIA, could be as much as 42 per cent.

The three upgrades are all useful, if perhaps not quite to Big Bang standards. NVIDIA, though, has managed to slip something else into the GeForce 180 drivers - support for Intel's upcoming X58 chipset, which will be taking advantage of Core i7 processors sometime next month.

NVIDIA assures us that SLI will be readily available on X58 offerings from all the big-name motherboard manufacturers except one; Intel. Native SLI configurations of two-slot x16 x16, three-slot x16, x8, x8 and four-slot x8, x8, x8, x8 will all be available at launch.

In addition, motherboards using NVIDIA's nForce 200 SLI bridging chip will raise the bar further with support for three-slot x16, x16, x16 and four slot x16, x16, x16, x16 - at a premium price, mind you.

The result, says NVIDIA, is AMD-spanking performance when it comes to multi-GPU scaling:

NVIDIA is unsurprisingly adamant that GeForce and SLI is the way to go with your Core i7-based system, but we'll have some definitive answers in the near future.

Official GeForce 180 driver download page: NVIDIA.com

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Have nVidia pulled the plug on the download? All I get is a 404..

Edit: yup, they have, the xp page is up though: http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_180.42_beta.html
working for me?
I'm still getting a 404 for the link in the article?
there site is like dead, 50kB/s……… Wow i have to say thats a better change in drivers but i hardly doubt that 3x280's is 2x better then 4870 quad fire, maybe they should of tried ati's best? 4870x2 x2 would be better as a 4870 is a gtx260 really.
4870x2(2x) works out cheaper than them all from scan

stoo, im downloading the driver now.
http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/winxp_180.42_beta_uk.html Link
What I'm interested in is the dual monitor sli function.. which theoretically should allow folding on sli without loss of ppd :D