Nvidia Forceware 180 Series Preview

sysinfo Nvidia Forceware 180 Series Preview

Ever since we got our hands on the 180.10 Forceware drivers, we were wondering whether it will be what Nvidia has been talking about, the “Big Bang II”.  “Big Bang II” drivers has thus far, rumoured to enable SLI with multi monitor support. Has it been implemented in this first set of 180 Forceware drivers? The answer is yes, they have but they are still limited, maybe due to its beta status. In this small article, we will zoom into what this driver will offer in terms of SLI with Multi monitor support and the performance effects of implementing multi monitor in SLI mode.

Ever since we got our hands on the 180.10 Forceware drivers, we were wondering whether it will be what Nvidia has been talking about, the “Big Bang II”.

“Big Bang II” drivers has thus far, rumoured to enable SLI with multi monitor support. Has it been implemented in this first set of 180 Forceware drivers? The answer is yes, they have but they are still limited, maybe due to its beta status.

In this small article, we will zoom into what this driver will offer in terms of SLI with Multi monitor support and the performance effects of implementing multi monitor in SLI mode.

First of all we will check out the Nvidia Control Panel and see what’s new in there.

sysinfo Nvidia Forceware 180 Series Preview

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Indeed, SLI + multi-monitor feature is available on this set of drivers. However, we found that this feature has a few limitations for now and hopefully it can fix in the later versions :

  1. SLI main focus screen cannot be set to run on the secondary monitor yet.
  2. If the 3D application is running for eg. 1280×1024 resolution, the secondary display will also be changed to 1280×1024 automatically.
  3. It cannot do 1680x(1050+1050) in 3D and cannot stretch 3D rendering mode into both screens
  4. So far only clone mode is working properly with some drop in performance as shown in the vantage scores coming up next page
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