If you are currently playing or plan on playing Black Ops 2, Hitman Absolution, Assassin’s Creed III or Planetside 2, you should definitely consider the latest 310.61 beta driver from Nvidia.
Nvidia’s developers have just published a new beta driver for GeForce graphics cards, which promises some quite impressive improvements – particularly in the aforementioned Black Ops 2. The Beta contains all the performance improvements from 310.54 and adds improved support for new titles.
The performance improvements listed only cover desktop graphics cards, but laptop GPUs should be no less affected since they are basically scaled-down versions of their desktop cousins. Nvidia has allegedly achieved a very noteworthy performance improvement of up to 26% in Black Ops 2, as well as an 18% improvement in Assassins Creed 3. I also adds improvements in Planetside 2 and Hitmain: Absolution.
The new drivers are listed as compatible with Vista, Windows 7 and now also Windows 8 and are available for download from the official website. These drivers will not work with all laptops – some manufacturers still insist that you download specific drivers for your particular models (which are rarely if ever updated). However, most recent gaming laptops and custom builds at the upper end of the scale should be fine with the new software.