New nVidia 313.95 Drivers Boost Crysis 3 SLI Performance by 35%

By Published January 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm

A new beta driver for nVidia's GeForce GPUs is providing huge jumps in performance, as they always seem to do. NVidia typically releases a new driver at least once a month, often launching public-facing X-Rev beta versions before A-Rev iterations. This new driver is tailored for Crysis 3 and the games released around the holidays--some older games saw performance boosts as well.


The update is good news for SLI users thanks to "new and updated SLI profiles for today's top titles"--namely Crysis 3, Devil May Cry, and Warframe. The boosts in single-GPU systems are impressive, too: Performance gains of up to 27% in Assassin's Creed III, 19% in Civilization V, 14% in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, 14% in DiRT 3, 11% in Just Cause 2, 10% in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, 10% in F1 2012, and 10% in Far Cry 3.

The official GeForce blog post stated:

"An essential update for gamers jumping into the Crysis 3 Open Beta, 313.95 beta improves multi-GPU performance in Crytek's sci-fi shooter by up to 35%, and ensures maximum compatibility with the game's work-in-progress code on all systems."

If you're hoping to stress-test your system with Crysis 3 (or just play it), check this chart to see what settings nVidia suggests for the game:

Graphics Settings GeForce GTX 650 GeForce GTX 660 Ti GeForce GTX 680 GeForce GTX 690
Texture Resolution Low Very High Very High Very High
Game Effects Low High High Very High
Object Low High High Very High
Particles Low High High Very High
Post Processing Low High High Very High
Shading Low High Very High Very High
Shadows Low High Very High Very High
Water Low High High Very High
Lens Flares No No Yes Yes
Motion Blur Amount Disabled Disabled Medium High
Antialiasing SMAA Medium (2X) SMAA High (4X) SMAA High (4X) SMAA High (4X)
Anisotropic Filtering 16X 16X 16X 16X


Download the drivers here:

Here's a look at the non-SLI performance (click for larger image):


- David D'Amico.

Last modified on January 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm

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