NVIDIA is known for having very good driver support, and its recent Geforce 301.42 WHQL promises a boost of up to 20% in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as well as improvements to other games.

NVIDIA is known for having very good driver support, and its recent Geforce 301.42 WHQL promises a boost of up to 20% in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as well as improvements to other games with the addition of FXAA.

According to geforce.com, the 301.42 WHQL incorporates what NVIDIA calls 'FXAA', which is a “high speed, shader-based anti-aliasing technique that can be directly applied to hundreds of games through the NVIDIA Control Panel.”  NVIDIA claims that this technique for AA is 60% faster than the equivalent 4xMSAA. 

Less graphic intensive games such as Dungeon Defenders is shown to have benefitted from the addition of FXAA.  A quick review of the available slider reveals that the rendering an image using NVIDIA’s FXAA did in fact reveal visual improvements in a portrait from Dungeon Defenders.  NVIDIA claims that, with FXAA enabled, artifacts from character’s outfit and weapon, treasure chests, as well as planters under archways are eliminated, thus producing a ‘cleaner’ and ‘smother’ image. 

In addition to FXAA, NVIDIA also conducted benchmarks, with the Geforce 301.42 WHQL applied, that revealed improvements in frames per second (FPS) in several games.  The most significant is Skyrim, which saw an impressive 17-20% increase in FPS when compared to the 296.10 WHQL.  A 17-20% increase in FPS due to just a driver update for such a graphically intensive game is quite an achievement. 

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