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It seems ironic that after years of their monthly releases when AMD/ATI has now switched to a “when it’s necessary” release schedule–something NVIDIA has been doing via official beta releases for a similar time–that the cadence of official releases from both AMD and NVIDIA seems unphased. In fact, as usual the holiday season only increased the pace of updates. The second half of 2012 and beginning of 2013 for instance gives us the following drivers:

















Recent Driver Releases

NVIDIA Version

Release Date

AMD Version

Release Date

313.95 Beta

28-Jan-2013

13.2 Beta (12.100.0)

18-Jan-2013

310.90 WHQL

5-Jan-2013

13.1 WHQL (9.012.0)

17-Jan-2013

310.70 WHQL

17-Dec-2012

12.11 Beta11 (9.010.8)

4-Dec-2012

310.70 Beta

4-Dec-2012

12.11 Beta7 (9.010.8)

12-Nov-2012

310.64 Beta

28-Nov-2012

12.10 WHQL (9.002.0)

23-Oct-2012

310.61 Beta

20-Nov-2012

12.9 Beta (9.001.0)

26-Sep-2012

310.54 Beta

12-Nov-2012

12.8 WHQL (8.982.0)

14-Sep-2012

310.33 Beta

23-Oct-2012

12.6 WHQL (8.980.0)

30-Jun-2012

306.97 WHQL

10-Oct-2012

12.7 Official Beta (8.981.2.1)

27-Jun-2012

306.23 WHQL

13-Sep-2012

12.7 Beta (8.981.2)

12-Jun-2012

306.02 Beta

27-Aug-2012

12.x (9.00)

12-Jun-2012

304.79 Beta

3-Jul-2012

12.x (8.980.0)

4-Jun-2012

304.48 Beta

18-Jun-2012

Win8 Release Preview (8.972.4)

2-Jun-2012


Note the increase in NVIDIA’s releases as the holiday games came out, with two or three driver updates each month for the past four months. In contrast, AMD had five beta releases in June (which were all similar and mostly looked to fix bugs not addressed in the initial beta) along with a WHQL driver, the 12.8 WHQL in September along with another beta, 12.10 WHQL in October, the 12.11 beta in December, and now the 13.1 WHQL and 13.2 beta in January. Basically, we’re looking at similar total number of readily available driver releases during the same seven months, but AMD had a lot of betas early in the cycle (many related to Enduro and WIndows 8 support).


NVIDIA’s latest update primarily looks to address performance issues with Crysis 3, though there are a few other recent titles like Assassin’s Creed III, Black Ops II, and Far Cry 3 that may also see performance improvements. NVIDIA’s release notes claim improvements of up to 65% in Crysis 3 and 24% in Assassin’s Creed III, though that’s with the ultra-high-end GTX 690 desktop GPU so those with lower class GPUs should temper their expectations accordingly. Interestingly, we’re still seeing potential performance improvements (albeit minor) in some older titles like Civilization V, DiRT 3, Far Cry 2, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. You can read the full release notes on NVIDIA’s site, with the following downloads currently available (and yes, Windows XP is supported as well, but I figure few enough gamers are running that with high-end hardware that it’s not worth the extra four links):


313.95 Desktop Beta 64-bit Windows Vista/7/8
313.95 DesktopBeta 32-bit Windows Vista/7/8
313.95 Notebook Beta 64-bit Windows Vista/7/8
313.95 Notebook Beta 32-bit Windows Vista/7/8


Thanks to reader SH SOTN for the heads up!