Just in time for your 2011 holiday gaming, NVIDIA has released a new R290 beta driver with even more optimizations for one of the hottest games of 2011, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Earlier this month, Bethesda reported that it has shipped 10 million copies of Skyrim, and Steam reported the game to be the “fastest selling title” in its history.

Download GeForce 290.53 drivers from

Skyrim optimizations in 290.53:

  • Increases performance by up to 25 percent vs. 290.36 drivers on indoor scenes (measured with GeForce GTX 560 at 19×10 Ultra).
  • Updates the NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support to a higher performance profile.
  • Adds new 3D Vision laser sight /crosshair options to better match Skyrim crosshairs.

Check out the full guide for optimizing Skyrim on

GeForce 290.53 also adds new SLI and 3D Vision profiles for several new titles. These drivers are available for both desktop and notebook GeForce GPUs running Windows 7 or Windows Vista. They are also available for GeForce desktop GPUs running Windows XP.

You can read the GeForce 290.53 article on for more information on what’s new in 290.53.

Enjoy the new R290 beta drivers. And let us know what you think in the comments below!

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  • Mat Whinney

    Skyrim wont go past the loading screen now! GTX460.

  • Pete Austin

    Does this fix the crashes? I have GeForce 9500 GT, Windows 7 32-bit, fully up-to-date, but Nvidia driver crashes about every 20 mins. This is an average; sometimes it crashes immediately; sometimes after 40 mins. Pressing esc every few mins, to pause the game, seems to increase the mean time between crashes. Seen more blue screens this month than in the previous 20 years.

  • Andrew MacLean

    uninstall all your OC utilities.  MSI Afterburner caused me 12 hours of troubleshooting grief before I could even play. With out it she works like a charm on max settings with 560TI SLi.

    9500GT time for an upgrade!

  • Tyler Jacob Wray Talley

    I have a geforce 550ti and before this driver I was able to play Battlefield 3 at high/ultra but now It’s having trouble playing with medium settings. Is there a reason for such a bad performance drop? Skyrim won’t even load either.