NVIDIA 304.64 Driver Fixes Performance, New GPUs
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 6 November 2012 at 11:27 AM EST. 7 Comments
The NVIDIA 304.64 Linux graphics driver was released today with support for new graphics cards, address performance issues related to recent Linux kernels, and provide other fixes for those relying upon this closed-source driver.

The new GPUs supported by the 304.64 driver is the VGX K1 and VGX K2. The VGX boards are Kepler-based and designed for GPU virtualization, low-latency remote displays, multi-GPU designs, and other enterprise-grade requirements. The VGX K1 packs four low-end Kepler GPUs with 768 CUDA cores and 16GB of GDDR3 video memory while the VGX K2 packs two high-end Kepler GPUs with a total of 3072 CUDA cores and 8GB of GDDR5 video memory.

The 304.64 driver also adds in a missing 32-bit compatibility library for the libnvidia-opencl.so shared library for 64-bit Linux, fixes a backlight control regression for some notebooks, corrects a performance issue with recent Linux kernels about allocating and freeing system memory, fixes an issue with nvidia-settings, takes care of an X driver gamma manipulation bug after VT switching, adds an "--output-file" option to the nvidia-bug-report.sh script, fixes a hang for some OpenGL programs when using the SLI Mosaic mode, and updates the supported GPU documentation for NVS/Tesla/VGX products.

The NVIDIA 304.64 driver can be downloaded for x86/x86_64 Linux from NVIDIA.com. The 304.64 driver is a "certified" release, but for those wanting something a bit more bleeding edge, there is the NVIDIA 310 Linux beta driver.

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