NVIDIA today released beta version 290.36 of its GeForce driver package for desktops running Windows XP, Vista, and 7 and laptops running Windows Vista and 7. Like previous releases, the desktop drivers support all GeForce 6-series cards and newer, while the laptop drivers support Geforce 8-series and newer cards as well as most DirectX 10/11-capable Quadro NVS and FX-series cards.

The new drivers' primary feature is the addition of the Ambient Occlusion lighting feature for Skyrim and Modern Warfare 3 in the NVIDIA Control Panel. The drivers also add NVIDIA Surround multi-monitor support for SLI-certified motherboards using Intel's X79 chipset, and is additionally "recommended for gamers diving into Batman: Arkham City," though the release notes don't say exactly why.

Other additions and fixes include: support for 3D Vision over a DisplayPort 1.1 connection (available for BenQ XL2420T and XL2420TX monitors), updated 3D Vision profiles for a number of games including Modern Warfare 3 and Diablo 3, PhysX System Software and HD Audio driver version updates, and a smattering of bug fixes.

You can read the full release notes below, and download the beta drivers from NVIDIA's web site. Based on past releases, expect to see a final, WHQL-certified version of these drivers at some point in December or January.

Source: NVIDIA

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  • stncttr908 - Monday, November 28, 2011 - link

    This is the part that intrigues me the most:

    "Furthermore, a Battlefield 3 fix is included to combat the random appearance of triangular artifacts."

    Been dealing with that for a while now. I had to kick several settings down to high detail to prevent it.
  • greylica - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - link

    Hey Nvidia, we are still waiting for a fix in your OpenGL drivers that makes any Fermi card slower than past cards and makes GLreadpixels 2~3 times slower on Fermi Cards...
  • Magnetawan - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - link

    Nvidia can't be bothered with the TDR errors. That doesn't get measured in benchmarks.
  • aguilpa1 - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - link

    Last time I tried their beta drivers, my desktop and folders quit updating changes unless I forced a refresh. I had to go back to qualified to get that fixed.

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