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Notebook Release 186

 
Version: 186.81  WHQL
Release Date: 2009.8.27
Operating System: Windows XP
Language: English (UK)
File Size: 110.77 MB
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This is a reference driver that can be installed on supported NVIDIA notebook GPUs. However, please note that your notebook original equipment manufacturer (OEM) provides certified drivers for your specific notebook on their website. NVIDIA recommends that you check with your notebook OEM about recommended software updates for your notebook. OEMs may not provide technical support for issues that arise from the use of this driver.

Before downloading this driver:
  1. Please check to make sure that your notebook has a supported GPU (refer to the Products Supported tab below).
  2. It is recommended that you backup your current system configuration. Click here for instructions.
  3. If you own a Dell Inspiron 1420, Dell XPS M1330, Dell XPS M1530, or Dell Latitude D630/D630c it is highly recommended that you first install this Dell software update.
RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS :

This driver supports the following NVIDIA GPUs (there are some exceptions – please refer to the Products Supported tab):

  • GeForce 8M, 9M, 100M, and 200M-series notebook GPUs.
  • Quadro NVS-series notebook GPUs.
  • Quadro FX-series notebook GPUs.

New in this release:

  • Includes several application compatibility fixes.
  • Installs NVIDIA PhysX System Software v9.09.0428.
Existing Release 186 support:
  • This driver supports GeForce 8M, 9M, 100M, and 200M-series notebook GPUs. Refer to the Products Supported tab for the list of supported GPUs and notebooks. Some notebooks are not supported by this release.
  • Adds support for CUDA 2.2 for improved performance in GPU Computing applications. See www.nvidia.com/cuda for more details.
  • Expands GPU hardware acceleration for the NVIDIA Video Encoding library to GPUs with less than 32 cores. Applications using this library include CyberLink PowerDirector 7, Nero Move it 1.5, Loilo SuperLoiloScope MARS, and CyberLink MediaShow Espresso.
  • Accelerates performance in several 3D applications. The following are examples of improvements measured with Release 186 drivers vs. Release 179 drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
    • Up to 25% performance increase in The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
    • Up to 22% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with antialiasing enabled
    • Up to 11% performance increase in Fallout 3 with antialiasing enabled
    • Up to 14% performance increase in Far Cry 2
    • Up to 45% performance increase in Mirror’s Edge with antialiasing enabled
  • Includes full support for OpenGL 3.0.
  • Supports NVIDIA PhysX hardware acceleration on GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory and 32 processing cores.
  • Supports GeForce Plus Power Pack #3. Download these FREE PhysX and CUDA applications now!
  • Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL.
  • Includes numerous bug fixes.
  • Please read the release notes for more information on product support, features, and known compatibility issues.

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