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Nvidia Graphics Driver 346.01.02f04 for OS X 10.10.3 (14D136) (from Thursday)
Nvidia download page for Graphics driver 346.01.02f04 for OS X 10.10.3 (build 14D136). Here's a clip from the main D/L page tab (other than version info, just typical boilerplate).
"New in Release 346.01.02f04
  • Graphics driver updated for OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D136)
  • Contains performance improvements and bug fixes for a wide range of applications.
  • Includes NVIDIA Driver Manager preference pane."
  • The GTX-285 user that reported problems with the f03 driver said f04 solved it.
    (As of post date latest CUDA is still v7.0.36. Notes older Gen GPUs with SM1.x use v6.5.45.)
      

    = Wednesday's News Follows =

    Feedback on Nvidia 346.01.02f03 driver for OS X 10.10.3
    (Update - see above for later f04 driver posted Thursday.)
    "Latest from nVidia website (as of 5/20): 346.01.02f03. (D/L page dated May 12th.)
    I installed this (f03) version and it made a very much improved interface with my Hackintosh. (i7-4770K 3.5GHz, with EVGA nVidia GT 740 2GB card.)
    For once it equals my (default) Apple OS X driver in performance and also has no issues with the BIOS setup (set for PCIe card vs onboard HD4600), which the previous version did. ('incompatible' warning on f02 install.)
    Below are my results on the "Heaven" benchmark (1280x1024, 2x FSAA, Medium quality).
    (Scores from benchmark screenshots. Onboard Intel HD4600 scored 12.4 FPS.)
  • Using Apple driver: 32.2 FPS, (Min 14.2/Max 58.7)
  • Using nVidia f03 driver: 32.1 FPS (Min 14.2/Max 59.5)
    (He later wrote about trying the May 21st f04 driver.)
    I installed the latest (f04) version and it plays Heaven at the same rate as "f03".
    -Bill S."
  • I noticed in the Heaven benchmark results screenshot using Apple (default OS X) driver had GPU listed as "Nvidia Chip Model (256MB)". (Maybe due to GT 740 not having Mac EFI?) When using Nvidia (f03) driver the benchmark's GPU info shows "Nvidia Geforce GT740 (2047MB)".

    A 2008 Mac Pro owner with older Nvidia GTX-285 card reported problems with f03:

    "Nvidia webdriver 346.01.02f03
    FYI, I am running Yosemite 10.10.3 on a early 2008 MacPro with a Geforce GTX 285 card. After installing the latest Nvidia web driver, most of my applications crash as soon as I go to File->Open to access a file. I did not have this problem before the 10.10.3 update using the f02 driver.
      I know it is the web driver because when I opt for the OS X Default Graphics Driver, it does not happen. I sent a bug report to Nvidia. If and when I hear anything, I will let you know.
    -th"

    He later wrote the new f04 driver solved the problems he had with f03.
      

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