Cutting-edge gamers, take note: the latest NVIDIA GeForce R300 drivers bring many of the industry-leading features we launched with the-next generation GeForce GTX 680 GPU to millions of GeForce GPUs as far back as 2006. This continues our tradition of bringing new features and performance to previous generation products. The R300 drivers also boost performance in several top games – we recorded increases as high as 23 percent in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

All GeForce 8-series and later GPUs running on Windows 7 or Windows Vista can now take advantage of the ground-breaking benefits of NVIDIA FXAA, NVIDIA Adaptive VSync, and NVIDIA Frame Rate Target. In addition, all NVIDIA Surround-capable GPUs now support the new NVIDIA Surround features, like a fourth accessory display.

The GeForce R300 drivers are available for download today as a beta release.

Notebook customers can upgrade to the equivalent Verde R300 drivers, also available for download for on GeForce.com.

R300 highlights:

  • Boosts performance in several top PC games by up to 23 percent with a single GPU (tested on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim) and by up to 23 percent with SLI (tested on Just Cause 2), when compared with the R295 drivers. Read our R300 article on GeForce.com for details and a complete list of performance increases.
  • Adds NVIDIA FXAA technology to the NVIDIA Control Panel, enabling ultra-fast anti-aliasing (up to 60 percent faster than MSAA).
  • Enables NVIDIA Adaptive VSync, which provides a smoother gaming experience by dynamically enabling and disabling vertical sync based on your current frame rate.
  • Enables NVIDIA Frame Rate Target in third-party applications, like EVGA Precision X, for automatic and dynamic adjustment of frame rate to a user-specified target.
  • Introduces several new NVIDIA Surround capabilities:
    • Add a fourth accessory display for access to email, web, or other applications while you game.
    • Maximize an application to a single physical display when in Surround mode.
    • Confine the Windows Taskbar to the center display.
    • Enable bezel peeking to temporarily peek behind the monitor bezels when using bezel-corrected resolutions.
    • Add or remove resolution settings from the list of Surround resolutions.
    • Full center display acceleration for single-wide display modes.
  • Adds or updates NVIDIA SLI support for numerous new games such as Alan Wake (previously enabled via NVIDIA Update in R295 drivers), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Risen 2: Dark Waters and more.
  • Adds or updates NVIDIA 3D Vision support for several new games such as Oil Rush (rated 3D Vision Ready), Rayman Origins (rated Good), and Wargame: European Escalation (rated Good).

For more details, refer to the release highlights on the driver download pages and read the GeForce R300 article on GeForce.com.

Enjoy the first GeForce R300 beta driver and let us know what you think.

  • http://twitter.com/rumblpak Ryan Heyser

    Where is the Windows 8 love? No new drivers for us?

  • Garrett Griffin

    Huge thanks for the new surround features. Being able to remove resolutions will allow some games to finally be able to be played in surround without any extra hassle, and every single one of the other features will be heavily used by me as well, thank you very much.

  • Chris_Daniel

    Thanks Garrett, we are super excited about the new features as well. If there are any other Surround features you would like to see in the future, let us know.

  • Chris_Daniel

    Hi Ryan, the next official Windows 8 driver release is planned for next month. And although not officially supported, Windows 7 drivers by design should install on Windows 8.

  • Frank Russo

    I just spent over 8 hours trying to install the new betas.  My rig has 2x GTX460s in SLI and an older 8800GTS for additional monitors.  I get the control panel error.   I eventually went so far as to pull out the 2nd GTX460 & the 8800GTS  – leaving only a single GTX460 – with only one monitor.  In between attempts I went to safe mode and made sure that I was back on a standard VGA adapter. I ran Driversweeper so that no remnants were left of any previous installs.  No dice — the install stops anywhere between 50 -70% on the progress bar with the same error.  I checked around and saw that there might be issues with the driver installing on systems where the C:Temp folder has been moved/not present. That’s my case so I even tried putting that back all to no avail.  I tried installing without the physx & still a no go.  I normally install only the driver & the physx – nothing else.  But I tried in vain to install it with almost every combination also – Forget it.  Back on the 296 .10s — installed without a hitch with all my cards back in and my overclock back to where it was (I even backed off that while trying to get the betas to install).  I’m well versed in Nvidia as I’m running them well over a decade – been on SLI with various sets of cards too.  This driver just refuses to play nice.

  • Frank Busborg

    I have a Geforce 580 GTX currently and could easily hit above 120 frames pr. second in QuakeLive using a 120Mhz monitor. However i still experienced a lot of stutter in the game (no SLI). I expected it to be netcode related, since I play in multiplayer mode.
    Yesterday I downloaded the new R301 driver and enabled FXAA and Adaptive Vsync in global settings.
    Although I did not expect it to make a big difference I was very pleased with an impressive improvement in my experience of the game. It was butter smooth and all stutter had gone and my aim was better than ever (and anticipation of player movements). Plus FXAA really made all edges look beautiful.

    Very well done Nvidia. I strongly recommend your cards and drivers to other players.
    /Frank.

  • http://www.psychsoftpc.com/ Psychsoftpc

    so, does this mean that our customers with 480′s & 580′s can also get 3 monitor surround?

  • Chris_Daniel

    In an SLI configuration, GTX 480 and 580 support NVIDIA Surround. You can learn more here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-surround-system-requirements.html.

  • Chris_Daniel

    Awesome Frank. Thanks for sharing. Our team will enjoy your success story. Buttery smooth gaming is the ultimate goal.

  • Chris_Daniel

    Hi Frank, since this sounds like a system specific issue we will need more information to troubleshoot. Please start a new entry on our moderated forums for this driver: http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=226985. Thanks for your help.

  • Frank Russo

     Hi Chris, I found the fix a few hours ago & got the drivers to install.  It’s an issue with the User Temp Folder not being at it’s default location.  Please check this link:

    http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=226917

    I’m SkinnyZeroOne.

  • SpartanGR

    Great driver but not for gtx590. Had to revert back to 296.10

  • Andre Mendes

    Thanks Nvidia for making possible for old card owner to use those new technologies. But please tell me: is adaptive sync important when playing in 3D Vision mode?

    Cheers

  • Francisco777

    When the new r300 series drivers will be released??

    It is getting to much much time and the drivers are the 301.24 beta drivers!

    -_-