NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in
visual processing solutions, today introduced its new NVIDIA® ForceWare™ release
50 graphics driver, a new Unified Driver Architecture (UDA) engineered to
provide unmatched performance and image quality on both Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0
and OpenGL® applications. In addition to its unmatched DirectX 9.0 application
performance, this new graphics driver also delivers world-renowned
compatibility, stability, and reliability across all NVIDIA GPUs.

The ForceWare release 50 graphics drivers include the NVIDIA
unified compiler technology that translates shader programs so that they are
optimized for the NVIDIA GPU architecture, substantially improving the
performance of next-generation DirectX 9.0 titles such as HalfLife™ 2, XIII, and
more. Performance in the DirectX 9.0 application HaloPC™ improves by up to 58% 
and DirectX 9.0-based Microsoft Flight Simulator™ 9 improves by 33% .

Other features of the NVIDIA ForceWare release 50 graphics
drivers include:

  • Enhanced image quality for both anisotropic filtering and
    antialiasing
  • A new NVIDIA nView™ 3.0 multi-display setup wizard for easy
    configuration of your multi-display settings
  • nView gridlines to section off the display to help organize
    your various windows
  • Customized user profiles to save display settings and image
    quality settings on a per application/game basis
  • A new user-friendly interface
  • Microsoft DirectX and OpenGL support


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