Nvidia desktop GPU drivers receive Windows 8 certification

Nvidia-powered desktop PCs get new Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) compatible Windows 8 drivers that offers full support for the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) v1.2.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

If you're running Microsoft's Windows 8 Release Preview on a desktop PC powered by Nvidia graphics, you're in luck: Nvidia has finally released its certified drivers for the forthcoming operating system.

The new Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) drivers for Windows 8 are listed as GeForce 302.82 and are available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Nvidia's Windows 8 drivers support all the features in the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) v1.2. The drivers also support the award-winning Nvidia 3D Vision and 3DTV Play products that allow more than 600 games to be played in 3D, in addition to offering support for the viewing of Blu-ray movies and photos in 3D.

"The WHQL certification of R302 drivers highlights the fact that NVIDIA is in lock-step with Microsoft and is fully prepared for Windows 8," writes Chris Daniel, Nvidia's senior product manager for consumer software.

If you're making use of Nvidia GPU hardware on a notebook then you should continue to use the older GeForce 302.80 drivers (32-bit notebook download64-bit notebook download) for the Windows 8 Release Preview.

It should be worth noting that version 302.xx drivers are Windows 8-compatible only. Other Windows operating systems will continue to use 300.xx version drivers

AMD released Windows 8 Release preview compatible drivers for the Radeon and FirePro line of graphics chips, as well as its A-, C- and E-series APU CPU/GPU packages, back at the end of May.

Image source: Nvidia.


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