Yesterday, NVIDIA released the first WHQL-certified drivers for Microsoft DirectX 10 in the world- the ForceWare 100.65. Incidentally, the release of this WHQL-certified driver coincides with the release of the first DirectX 10 test kit from Microsoft, which allows other hardware vendors to test their graphics processors using the DirectX 10 WHQL tests.
In fact, Microsoft DirectX 10 is included with Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows Vista, and manages to deliver excellent and realistic graphics and film-quality effects for games. All this is rendered in real-time on NVIDIA GeForce 8-series GPU.
The new ForceWare 100.65 drivers support GeForce 6-, 7-, and 8-series NVIDIA GPU. NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GPUs are the reference GPUs of DirectX 10 application developers. In fact, many game titles that have been lined up for 2007 such as Crysis (Electronic Arts), Hellgate London (EA/Namco), World in Conflict (Sierra Entertainment), and Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventaures (Funcom) have been designed on NVIDIA’s hardware to exploit the new features of DirectX 10.
A number of other game titles are being adapted to support DirectX10 features such as Company of Heroes, Eve Online, Lord of the Rings Online, and the Microsoft Flight Simulator X.
NVIDIA GeForce 8-series GPUs include all required hardware functionality that Microsoft’s Direct3D 10 specifications entail. Moreover, the GeForce 8-series have full support for the DirectX 10 unified shader instruction set and Shader Model 4 capabilities.
The NVIDIA GeForce 8 series GPUs include the GeForce 8800 GTX, GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB and the GeForce 8880 GTS 320MB.The new ForceWare 100.65 drivers can be downloaded from http://www.nvidia.in/.