Starting with the launch of Nvidia Optimus for laptops, everything changed. You could have pretty decent battery life on an Alienware M11x R2 (for example) with an 11.6-inch screen, Intel Core i7 processor overclockable to 2.26GHz, and Nvidia GeForce 335M graphics with Direct X 10.1 support, your dreams as a gamer (and ordinary user) could come true!
It turned out to be a nightmare.
While the way the technology handled battery life was (technically) efficient, the way it handled multiplayer games (i.e what it was made for) was utter garbage — I’m not going easy here. Games like Medal Of Honor, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and just about every other first-person shooter title (and many other genres due to simple problems with Optimus) used the anti-cheat program called Punkbuster, by a company called Evenbalance. Games like Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops wouldn’t worry though, as they used Valve’s anti-cheat software.
But that is not the reason of this post. I became enraged, mainly due to the fact that Nvidia posed little concern over the problem. Users had brought it up to the big man, but after a certain point (and this is more than 6 months into the issue) I contacted Nvidia, pressed them, and demanded answers in private email exchanges and Twitter. You can guess the rest.
It is now the 4th of the first month of 2011, and now according to Nvidia the issue has been resolved, along with tons of other bug fixes, graphical improvements, and everything else that makes Nvidia Optimus actually usable again. The first source link will take you to the download links, while the second provides you with a changelog. Via: Nvidia Forums, Changelog (PDF)