NVIDIA 295.49 Fixes Linux Performance Regression
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 4 May 2012 at 07:46 AM EDT. 2 Comments
While NVIDIA this week put out their first 302.xx series beta Linux graphics driver, yesterday they also released the 295.49 stable Linux driver. This update does fix the 295.40 performance regression that affected some users in April.

Key features of the NVIDIA 295.49 Linux graphics driver include:

- Support for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690. The GeForce GTX 690 was launched at the end of April and consists of dual GK104 GPUs to make this one hell of a powerful ($999 USD) GPU with both GPUs being connected via SLI. While SLI does work under Linux with the NVIDIA binary driver, don't look for a review of the card under Linux, due to NVIDIA marketing not caring about Linux. Though you can at least find the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Linux review thanks to the NVIDIA Linux team.

- An OpenGL fix for select NVIDIA Quadro and GeForce 8800 series graphics cards.

- Fixing the performance regression of the 295.40 driver that affected GeForce 6 and GeForce 7 series hardware.

That's about it. All of the exciting work is now happening on the NVIDIA 302.xx Linux graphics driver, like support for RandR 1.2 and 1.3. The 295.49 stable driver can be found at NVIDIA.com.
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