I’m pretty impressed with the speed NVIDIA releases new driver updates. Whenever a major PC title hits the market, they release a new set of drivers that are aimed at minimizing problems with the latest release. Just after Empire:Total War was released, NVIDIA have released ForceWare drivers v182.08 (release 182) to the public. If you are playing ETW or any other new PC game, upgrading to 182.08 is recommended.

I’ve installed these drivers and tried playing Empire:Total War but I could not observe a noticeable performance gain over 182.06 drivers. Release notes for this version are given below:

New in Release 182.08:

  • Added support for GeForce GTS 250.
  • Added SLI profile support for some newly released games.
  • Additional information on specific bug fixes can be found in the release documentation notes.
  • Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver.

So maybe 182.08 does not include any performance enhancements over 182.06 at all? Only way to decide which version to keep is to try several drivers with a new PC title (that is optimized) and observe the results.


Direct download links for v182.08 are given below. All links point to official NVIDIA servers – no 3rd party links have been provided.