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NVIDIA 313.18 Driver Update Packs A Ton Of Changes

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Published on 16 January 2013 09:28 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA
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NVIDIA released the 313.18 Linux graphics driver this morning as the first official/certified (non-beta) driver in their 313.xx driver series. The NVIDIA 313 Linux driver release packs an awesome number of changes.

This official NVIDIA R313 Linux driver release comes one month after the NVIDIA 313.09 Linux driver beta. Back then were also some early NVIDIA 313 Linux GPU benchmarks.

Highlights for the NVIDIA 313.18 Linux driver are:

- Support for the GeForce GTX 680MX and Tesla K20Xm GPUs.

- Through NVIDIA-Settings and the NV-CONTROL extension the Double Precision performance boost mode can now be configured on supported hardware.

- Support for the GLX_EXT_buffer_age extension, which can lead to better compositing window manager performance. Compiz has already begun work on supporting the GLX_EXT_buffer_age extension.

- Various performance improvements for different OpenGL tasks.

- HDMI 3D improvements.

- A NVreg_EnablePCIeGen3 kernel option for enabling PCI Express 3.0 support for supported GPUs/motherboards. It turns out that for some hardware configurations there's stability issues when attempting to utilize PCI-E 3.0 support.

- Unofficial GLX protocol support for GL_ARB_vertex_array_object and the following OpenGL 3.0 commands: ClearBufferfi, ClearBufferfv, ClearBufferiv,ClearBufferuiv, and GetStringi.

- Support for the X.Org Server 1.14 ABI. Xorg-server 1.14 isn't even being released until around March, but NVIDIA is always quick to support the forthcoming X.Org Server and Linux kernel releases.

- Various OpenGL bug-fixes.

- VDPAU video playback bug-fixes.

- Other bug-fixes.

More details on the official changes for the NVIDIA 313.18 Linux release can be found from the NVIDIA.com driver page.

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