“New” Beta NVidia Forceware for Final Fantasy XI
After reading a BG forum post and a bit of testing, the “new” beta drivers that NVidia has hidden away that directly target Final Fantasy XI (FFXI) players work GREAT!
You can download them (the 169.17 version, the .28 version doesn’t apply to FFXI) from ftp://download.nvidia.com/downloads/nZone/drivers/.
For direct download links:
12/05/2007 08:17PM 169.17 FFXI Beta Web Updates.doc
11/28/2007 12:34PM 169.17_forceware_winvista_32bit_international_beta.exe
11/28/2007 12:37PM 169.17_forceware_winvista_64bit_international_beta.exe
11/28/2007 12:32PM 169.17_forceware_winxp64_international_beta.exe
11/28/2007 12:30PM 169.17_forceware_winxp_32bit_international_beta.exe
I’ve tested in Campaign battles, Besieged, Whitegate with 390+ players, and camping Fafnir and Aspid and run steady 28–29.4 FPS at all times. Other drivers could get me up to those max FPS raitings, but these can do something better—they can render 29.4 FPS even in busy zones and 50+ character models.
I’m not sure when NVidia plans to wrap these updates into the main driver branch, so use them at your own risk if you play other games. I use them to play EQ2 and haven’t encountered any issues. For reference, I’m using the 64–bit Vista drivers. Good luck!