Recently we reported you about NVIDIA’s v180.84 driver release. Although it has only been a few days since the last release, apparently you can now download the v181.00 BETA drivers for Windows XP 32-bit and Windows Vista 32/64-bit operating systems. The significance of this release is that these drivers support OpenGL 3.0 extensions. 181.00 drivers are dated 12/15/2008 and carry the version number If you are a Linux user, you can download v180.11.02 drivers which also feature OpenGL 3.0 support.

developer zone 

From what I have seen these drivers are compatible with Geforce 6 series cards and above. But to enjoy OpenGL 3.0 features, you need to have a Geforce 8 series or a newer GPU (G80 core or newer). I did not have the time to test these out with any games so far so I cannot really comment about their performance. Note that these are still beta drivers so proceed at your own risk. You can read the full release notes from this link.

Download (Obtained from NVIDIA Developer Zone)



As of this moment, there is no Windows XP 64-bit release of 181.00 drivers.


  1. Dan // 12/19/2008 04:31:00 AM  

    Are there any games currently out that will actually make use of the new extensions?

  2. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 12/19/2008 11:31:00 AM  

    I don't think there are any yet. Not sure though.

  3. R // 1/03/2009 11:17:00 AM  

    This is the best GTA4 driver !

    Gives stable gameplay and no more freezing screen or crashes in gta 4.

    (just wanted to say that so ppl with problems can find it here)