Quadro Driver Release 259 259.70

Version: 259.70 WHQL
Release Date: 2011.01.16
Operating System: Windows XP
Language: English (U.S.)
File Size: 55.9 MB

Release Highlights

New in Release 259.70:

  • Support for newly announced Quadro 6000, Quadro 5000, Quadro 4000, Quadro 2000 and Quadro 600.
  • Adds support for CUDA 3.1 for improved performance in GPU Computing applications.  See www.nvidia.com/cuda for more details.
  • Adds support for OpenGL 4.0
  • Adds support for DirectX 11
  • ECC State
    • New page for GPUs that support ECC (error correction code). The page lets you
      • Change the Error Correction Code (ECC) state for GPUs.
      • View GPU memory details.
  • EDID Management
    • Accessible from the View System Topology page, this feature lets you:
      • View the connector information
      • Get an EDID from a connected display and save it to disk
      • Force an EDID at a connector
      • Remove a forced EDID from a connector
  • The SDI Capture page is now available with Windows Vista and Windows 7 drivers.
    • Workstation application compatibility fixes. Please read the release notes for more information on product support, feature limitations, driver fixes and known compatibility issues.
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Existing Support:

  • Support for the Open Computing Language (OpenCL) 1.0 in Quadro FX Series x700 and newer as well as the FX4600 and FX5600.
  • Supports NVIDIA SLI technology (two-way SLI) for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboard based system from select OEMs.
  • Support for DDC-Ci/MCCS over the DisplayPort AUX channel.
  • 10-bits per color (10bpc) DisplayPort support for full-screen applications on supported products.

Known Issue and Patching Tool :

  • Non-admin user account on XP cannot make changes to settings through the NVIDIA driver Control Panel. A patching tool is available here -
  • Patching tool limitation –

    • Usage on XP32 and XP64 only
    • Usage on following released driver only – 258.96, 259.12, 259.57, 259.70 and 259.81. Install the tool after driver being installed.
    • No further support or liability to be provided for the tool

Supported products

Quadro series:
6000, 600, 5000, 4000, 2000

Quadro FX series:
FX 5800, FX 580, FX 570, FX 5600, FX 560, FX 5500, FX 550, FX 540, FX 4800, FX 4700 X2, FX 4600, FX 4500 X2, FX 4500, FX 4000, FX 380 Low Profile, FX 3800, FX 380, FX 370 Low Profile, FX 3700, FX 370, FX 3500, FX 350, FX 3450, FX 3400/4400, FX 1800, FX 1700, FX 1500, FX 1400, CX

Quadro NVS series:
NVS 450, NVS 440, NVS 420, NVS 295, NVS 290, NVS 285

Quadro Blade/Embedded Graphics Board series ONLY, not for Notebooks:
Quadro NVS 120M, Quadro FX 880M, Quadro FX 770M, Quadro FX 560M, Quadro FX 370M, Quadro FX 3600M, Quadro FX 2800M, Quadro FX 1600M