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Where To Find Old Nvidia GeForce Drivers

Many sites these days are making it a hassle to download drivers for your GeForce Video card by making you have to register or install some kind of shady program before you download. You need the driver or Nvidia control panel software when you facing a problem to your graphics card. The worst sites are the ones that make you have to pay to download a video driver! That is like paying to use a pay toilet when you can go for free if you just put a little effort into finding a store bathroom.

Old Nvidia Drivers
Old Nvidia Drivers

Here are some links that The Nvidia Video Card Source has compiled for your convenience. These places allow you to quickly find and download your Geforce Driver without any of the hassles.

Nvidia’s Official Website

This is, of course, the most obvious place to look. See if you can find the Geforce driver you’re looking for here. If you have a new Nvidia video card, you shouldn’t have any problem finding a current driver to install.

Alternative Drivers

If you cannot get Nvidia’s own drivers to work properly with your graphics card, how about using a 3rdparty driver? Omega Drivers is an alternate choice for those who are seeking another option. Omega Drivers work for all Geforce Video Cards, old and new, you just have to find the right version. Sometimes these drivers perform better than Nvidia’s own drivers and sometimes they don’t…it depends on the Omega driver version and the model of the video card. These drivers are free and safe to download without any spyware.

Very Old Drivers

What many people have the hardest time looking for are usually the very old GeForce drivers. This place here has many of those, especially if you are looking for a specific Dell video card driver. The site has some old Geforce 2 and GeForce 4 drivers as well. Scroll halfway down the screen and you will find a list of drivers.

The Most GeForce Drivers anywhere!

Guru3D has a comprehensive list of free GeForce Drivers to download. If you can’t find it here, then you probably won’t be able to find it anywhere else. Anywhere where you don’t have to pay, that is.

Video Cards Glossary

Video Card Definitions

GPU

Graphical Processing Unit. The component found on a video card dedicated to rendering graphics that are seen on the screen. It is the heart of the video graphics Card.

Shaders

A set of software instructions that is used to create rendering effects. Shaders help provide an application with nice visuals without having to do more coding than necessary

Shader Clock

Sets the clock speed of individual shader processors

Stream Processors

Processors that support parallel processing, letting more instructions be carried out simultaneously

Memory Bandwidth

is the rate at which data can be read from or stored into a semiconductor memory by a processor

DDR SDRAM

double data rate synchronous dynamic random access memory. A class of memory that came after the SDR SDRAM used by video cards and computers.

Core Clock

core clock is the speed at which the graphics processor on the video card operates

Video RAM

The RAM that is used by a video card. Video cards are not dependent on computer ram like integrated graphics accelerators.

Drivers

A program that interacts with hardware like video cards. Updated drivers usually help improve the performance of the hardware it was made for.

Heatsink

A metal object that absorbs the heat and dissipates it from the GPU of the video card.

Fan

A device that usually sits on top of the video card GPU and heatsink to cool down the temperature.

PCI

Peripheral Component Interconnect. Slots on a motherboard used to connect peripheral devices with. Slower and older Nvidia video cards use PCI

AGP

Accelerated Graphics Port. A port dedicated to video cards. Video Cards designed for AGP have access to more data bandwidth than normal PCI slots allowing for speedier performance. AGP has been replaced with PCI Express on newer computers.

PCI Express

A computer expansion card interface format that has replaced AGP. Video cards using PCI Express has a transfer rate of more than a couple of gigatransfers as opposed to AGP’s maximum transfer rate of 2133 MB/s

Pipeline

architecture mapped onto a video card that allows information to be broken down to smaller stages and be processed quickly. Shaders are used to program pipelines on video cards for a variety of rendering effects.

DirectX

An industry standard application programming interface created by Microsoft for handling tasks related to multimedia, game programming and video on Microsoft platforms.

DVI

Digital Visual Interface that allows for maximum visual quality to be displayed on LCD screens. Video cards connected to a screen with DVI will have a sharper picture than one connected to with analog.

HDMI

A fast interface that transfers both audio and video through uncompressed data streams giving digital audio/video sources the best possible combination of picture and sound.

SLI

Scalable Link Interface. Nvidia’s solution for linking multiple video cards together to increase the graphical processing power by parallel processing.

Texture Fill Rate

a measure of the speed with which a particular card can perform texture mapping.

Nvidia

An american company best known for developing graphics processors for use in video devices like video graphics cards for computer gaming. Nvidia Control Panel.

TV-Out

A port on a video card that allows for an analog signal from a television, allowing a user to view television from their computer.

Memory Bus

A set of wires on the video card that transfers information between the GPU and the CPU.

RAMDAC

Random Access Memory Digital-to-Analog Converter. A portion of a video card that converts the digital data to an analog signal.

CardBus Connector

The pins on the bottom of the video card that connects to a slot on the computer motherboard.

Getting The Most Out Of Your Nvidia Video Card

So you plunked down your hard earned dough for a new Nvidia Video Card. The first one you bought in a long time and you are excited at the speed and power your new Video Card posses. You run your Nvidia video card through the latest 3DMark software. And you noticed the frame rate is kind of sluggish. You compare your score to other testers who have the same video card. And you see that your score is way below theirs and you are sick to your stomach. What happened?