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NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS Preview

Unified Driver Architecture


One of the strengths of NVIDIA that is often overlooked is their Unified Driver Architecture (UDA). Offering drivers that are forwards and backwards compatible across multiple operating systems, I was able to experience the benefits of the UDA first hand.

Unified Driver Architecture

Having used the Detonator version 5.16 drivers in this preview, I was able to swap the GeForce 256 DDR and GeForce2 GTS in my system on multiple occasions without having to re-install any drivers. The Detonator Display Property applets were automatically adjusted to support each cards' unique features. For example, the core and memory clock speeds for each card were set to their corresponding values.

NVIDIA's Detonator Drivers are available for the following operating systems:
  • Windows 3.1/95/98
  • Windows NT 4.0
  • Windows 2000
  • Linux
  • OS2 Warp


Graphics card manufacturers that use NVIDIA based chips sometimes write their own drivers or use the NVIDIA reference drivers as is. Either way, NVIDIA's Detonator drivers offer a host of graphics options that control a variety of features in their products:

GeForce2 GTS Display Properties

The Additional Properties command button provides access to a host of options including Color Correction, Direct 3D and OpenGL Settings, and even Hardware Options which provides an overclocking tool:

GeForce2 GTS Display Properties

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Last Updated on May 12, 2000

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