NVIDIA has released GeForce drivers version 320.00 beta. This update boosts performance in several games, across nearly all of NVIDIA's popular GPUs in use today, as well as fixes several issues.
Important: This NVIDIA driver is a beta release, meaning it has not been tested in-the-wild by NVIDIA, nor certified by Microsoft. I recommend that you wait for the final, WHQL release of this driver before installing it unless it fixes a serious issue you've been having or you're very interested in a new feature and are willing to take the risks of using a driver that might still have some issues. The latest WHQL certified NVIDIA GeForce driver for Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP was v314.22, which you can still download here.
Here are some of the new features, changes, and fixes available in v320.00 over previous releases:
- This is the "Game Ready" driver for Dead Island: Riptide, Start Trek, and Neverwinter.
- Increases performance in Dirt: Showdown, StarCraft II, Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3, and several more games.
- Adds or updates SLI profiles for Alien Fear, Neverwinter, GRID 2, Resident Evil 6, and many more.
- Fixes a number of issues with Windows 7 and Windows Vista, as well as a few in Windows 8.
- NVIDIA PhysX is at v9.12.1031 and HD Audio is at v188.8.131.52 in this release.
For complete information on v320.00, see NVIDIA's Version 320.00 Release Notes for Windows 8/7/Vista here (desktop) and here (notebook), or the Version 320.00 Release Notes for Windows XP here. All links are to PDF files.
The following two downloads are for Desktop GPUs ONLY. These are the NVIDIA drivers you need if you have a video card with an NVIDIA ION/ION LE or GeForce GPU installed in your desktop computer.
These two downloads are for Notebook GPUs ONLY. These are the NVIDIA drivers you need if your laptop, netbook, notebook, or tablet is powered by an NVIDIA ION/ION LE or GeForce GPU.
Tip: Not sure if you should download the 32-bit or 64-bit driver? See Am I Running a 32-bit or 64-bit Version of Windows? for help. If you need even more assistance, head over to the GeForce Drivers page and click on the big green AUTO-DETCT YOUR GPU button.
Windows XP Drivers: NVIDIA supports Windows XP less and less with each new GPU and driver release. However, they do support many GPUs on Windows XP with their newest v320.00 drivers. You can download the 32-bit driver here or the 64-bit driver here. These drivers are only designed for desktop GPUs but you may have luck getting them to work on your notebook PC. If not, check with your notebook maker for better drivers or with NVIDIA for an older release.
Note: If you're using a relatively recent version of NVIDIA's GeForce drivers, just right-click on the NVIDIA icon in the system tray and choose Check for updates.... You can download and install the driver automatically from there. If you want to be prompted for beta driver updates, be sure to check the appropriate box in the Preferences tab.
Tip: If you're looking for an up-to-date resource on new drivers, see my Windows 7 Drivers and Windows 8 Drivers pages. I keep those pages updated with information and links to new drivers available from NVIDIA and other major hardware makers.