NVIDIA R259.09: First OpenGL 4.1 Drivers Expose 9 New Extensions



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GPU Caps Viewer and OpenGL 4.1



Few days after the release of OpenGL 4.1 specifications, NVIDIA is the first to release an OpenGL 4.1 graphics driver:



With an OpenGL 4.1 context, this driver exposes 242 OpenGL extensions for a GTX 480 (221 GL extensions and 21 WGL). In comparison to R258.96, R259.09 adds 9 new extensions for dealing with OpenGL 4.1 features:

  • GL_ARB_ES2_compatibility
  • GL_ARB_get_program_binary
  • GL_ARB_robustness
  • GL_ARB_separate_shader_objects
  • GL_ARB_shader_precision
  • GL_ARB_vertex_attrib_64bit
  • GL_ARB_viewport_array
  • WGL_ARB_create_context_robustness
  • WGL_EXT_create_context_es2_profile: not yet documented
  • I’m updating GPU Caps Viewer with OpenGL 4.1 support. I quickly tested if GL_ARB_get_program_binary is exposed with an OpenGL 2.1 context and the answer is yes. More on this very soon. The new version of GPU Caps should be available today.

    More information about NVIDIA OpenGL 4.1 driver can be found HERE.

    The complete list of OpenGL extensions exposed by R259.09 for the GTX 480:

    • GL_ARB_blend_func_extended
    • GL_ARB_color_buffer_float
    • GL_ARB_compatibility
    • GL_ARB_copy_buffer
    • GL_ARB_depth_buffer_float
    • GL_ARB_depth_clamp
    • GL_ARB_depth_texture
    • GL_ARB_draw_buffers
    • GL_ARB_draw_buffers_blend
    • GL_ARB_draw_indirect
    • GL_ARB_draw_elements_base_vertex
    • GL_ARB_draw_instanced
    • GL_ARB_ES2_compatibility
    • GL_ARB_explicit_attrib_location
    • GL_ARB_fragment_coord_conventions
    • GL_ARB_fragment_program
    • GL_ARB_fragment_program_shadow
    • GL_ARB_fragment_shader
    • GL_ARB_framebuffer_object
    • GL_ARB_framebuffer_sRGB
    • GL_ARB_geometry_shader4
    • GL_ARB_get_program_binary
    • GL_ARB_gpu_shader5
    • GL_ARB_gpu_shader_fp64
    • GL_ARB_half_float_pixel
    • GL_ARB_half_float_vertex
    • GL_ARB_imaging
    • GL_ARB_instanced_arrays
    • GL_ARB_map_buffer_range
    • GL_ARB_multisample
    • GL_ARB_multitexture
    • GL_ARB_occlusion_query
    • GL_ARB_occlusion_query2
    • GL_ARB_pixel_buffer_object
    • GL_ARB_point_parameters
    • GL_ARB_point_sprite
    • GL_ARB_provoking_vertex
    • GL_ARB_robustness
    • GL_ARB_sample_shading
    • GL_ARB_sampler_objects
    • GL_ARB_seamless_cube_map
    • GL_ARB_separate_shader_objects
    • GL_ARB_shader_bit_encoding
    • GL_ARB_shader_objects
    • GL_ARB_shader_precision
    • GL_ARB_shader_subroutine
    • GL_ARB_shading_language_100
    • GL_ARB_shadow
    • GL_ARB_sync
    • GL_ARB_tessellation_shader
    • GL_ARB_texture_border_clamp
    • GL_ARB_texture_buffer_object
    • GL_ARB_texture_buffer_object_rgb32
    • GL_ARB_texture_compression
    • GL_ARB_texture_compression_bptc
    • GL_ARB_texture_compression_rgtc
    • GL_ARB_texture_cube_map
    • GL_ARB_texture_cube_map_array
    • GL_ARB_texture_env_add
    • GL_ARB_texture_env_combine
    • GL_ARB_texture_env_crossbar
    • GL_ARB_texture_env_dot3
    • GL_ARB_texture_float
    • GL_ARB_texture_gather
    • GL_ARB_texture_mirrored_repeat
    • GL_ARB_texture_multisample
    • GL_ARB_texture_non_power_of_two
    • GL_ARB_texture_query_lod
    • GL_ARB_texture_rectangle
    • GL_ARB_texture_rg
    • GL_ARB_texture_rgb10_a2ui
    • GL_ARB_texture_swizzle
    • GL_ARB_timer_query
    • GL_ARB_transform_feedback2
    • GL_ARB_transform_feedback3
    • GL_ARB_transpose_matrix
    • GL_ARB_uniform_buffer_object
    • GL_ARB_vertex_array_bgra
    • GL_ARB_vertex_array_object
    • GL_ARB_vertex_attrib_64bit
    • GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object
    • GL_ARB_vertex_program
    • GL_ARB_vertex_shader
    • GL_ARB_vertex_type_2_10_10_10_rev
    • GL_ARB_viewport_array
    • GL_ARB_window_pos
    • GL_ATI_draw_buffers
    • GL_ATI_texture_float
    • GL_ATI_texture_mirror_once
    • GL_S3_s3tc
    • GL_EXT_texture_env_add
    • GL_EXT_abgr
    • GL_EXT_bgra
    • GL_EXT_bindable_uniform
    • GL_EXT_blend_color
    • GL_EXT_blend_equation_separate
    • GL_EXT_blend_func_separate
    • GL_EXT_blend_minmax
    • GL_EXT_blend_subtract
    • GL_EXT_compiled_vertex_array
    • GL_EXT_Cg_shader
    • GL_EXT_depth_bounds_test
    • GL_EXT_direct_state_access
    • GL_EXT_draw_buffers2
    • GL_EXT_draw_instanced
    • GL_EXT_draw_range_elements
    • GL_EXT_fog_coord
    • GL_EXT_framebuffer_blit
    • GL_EXT_framebuffer_multisample
    • GL_EXTX_framebuffer_mixed_formats
    • GL_EXT_framebuffer_object
    • GL_EXT_framebuffer_sRGB
    • GL_EXT_geometry_shader4
    • GL_EXT_gpu_program_parameters
    • GL_EXT_gpu_shader4
    • GL_EXT_multi_draw_arrays
    • GL_EXT_packed_depth_stencil
    • GL_EXT_packed_float
    • GL_EXT_packed_pixels
    • GL_EXT_pixel_buffer_object
    • GL_EXT_point_parameters
    • GL_EXT_provoking_vertex
    • GL_EXT_rescale_normal
    • GL_EXT_secondary_color
    • GL_EXT_separate_shader_objects
    • GL_EXT_separate_specular_color
    • GL_EXT_shader_image_load_store
    • GL_EXT_shadow_funcs
    • GL_EXT_stencil_two_side
    • GL_EXT_stencil_wrap
    • GL_EXT_texture3D
    • GL_EXT_texture_array
    • GL_EXT_texture_buffer_object
    • GL_EXT_texture_compression_latc
    • GL_EXT_texture_compression_rgtc
    • GL_EXT_texture_compression_s3tc
    • GL_EXT_texture_cube_map
    • GL_EXT_texture_edge_clamp
    • GL_EXT_texture_env_combine
    • GL_EXT_texture_env_dot3
    • GL_EXT_texture_filter_anisotropic
    • GL_EXT_texture_integer
    • GL_EXT_texture_lod
    • GL_EXT_texture_lod_bias
    • GL_EXT_texture_mirror_clamp
    • GL_EXT_texture_object
    • GL_EXT_texture_shared_exponent
    • GL_EXT_texture_sRGB
    • GL_EXT_texture_swizzle
    • GL_EXT_timer_query
    • GL_EXT_transform_feedback2
    • GL_EXT_vertex_array
    • GL_EXT_vertex_array_bgra
    • GL_EXT_vertex_attrib_64bit
    • GL_IBM_rasterpos_clip
    • GL_IBM_texture_mirrored_repeat
    • GL_KTX_buffer_region
    • GL_NV_blend_square
    • GL_NV_conditional_render
    • GL_NV_copy_depth_to_color
    • GL_NV_copy_image
    • GL_NV_depth_buffer_float
    • GL_NV_depth_clamp
    • GL_NV_explicit_multisample
    • GL_NV_fence
    • GL_NV_float_buffer
    • GL_NV_fog_distance
    • GL_NV_fragment_program
    • GL_NV_fragment_program_option
    • GL_NV_fragment_program2
    • GL_NV_framebuffer_multisample_coverage
    • GL_NV_geometry_shader4
    • GL_NV_gpu_program4
    • GL_NV_gpu_program4_1
    • GL_NV_gpu_program5
    • GL_NV_gpu_program_fp64
    • GL_NV_gpu_shader5
    • GL_NV_half_float
    • GL_NV_light_max_exponent
    • GL_NV_multisample_coverage
    • GL_NV_multisample_filter_hint
    • GL_NV_occlusion_query
    • GL_NV_packed_depth_stencil
    • GL_NV_parameter_buffer_object
    • GL_NV_parameter_buffer_object2
    • GL_NV_pixel_data_range
    • GL_NV_point_sprite
    • GL_NV_primitive_restart
    • GL_NV_register_combiners
    • GL_NV_register_combiners2
    • GL_NV_shader_buffer_load
    • GL_NV_texgen_reflection
    • GL_NV_texture_barrier
    • GL_NV_texture_compression_vtc
    • GL_NV_texture_env_combine4
    • GL_NV_texture_expand_normal
    • GL_NV_texture_multisample
    • GL_NV_texture_rectangle
    • GL_NV_texture_shader
    • GL_NV_texture_shader2
    • GL_NV_texture_shader3
    • GL_NV_transform_feedback
    • GL_NV_transform_feedback2
    • GL_NV_vertex_array_range
    • GL_NV_vertex_array_range2
    • GL_NV_vertex_attrib_integer_64bit
    • GL_NV_vertex_buffer_unified_memory
    • GL_NV_vertex_program
    • GL_NV_vertex_program1_1
    • GL_NV_vertex_program2
    • GL_NV_vertex_program2_option
    • GL_NV_vertex_program3
    • GL_NVX_conditional_render
    • GL_NVX_gpu_memory_info
    • GL_SGIS_generate_mipmap
    • GL_SGIS_texture_lod
    • GL_SGIX_depth_texture
    • GL_SGIX_shadow
    • GL_SUN_slice_accum
    • GL_WIN_swap_hint
    • WGL_EXT_swap_control
    • WGL_ARB_buffer_region
    • WGL_ARB_create_context
    • WGL_ARB_create_context_profile
    • WGL_ARB_create_context_robustness
    • WGL_ARB_extensions_string
    • WGL_ARB_make_current_read
    • WGL_ARB_multisample
    • WGL_ARB_pbuffer
    • WGL_ARB_pixel_format
    • WGL_ARB_pixel_format_float
    • WGL_ARB_render_texture
    • WGL_ATI_pixel_format_float
    • WGL_EXT_create_context_es2_profile
    • WGL_EXT_extensions_string
    • WGL_EXT_framebuffer_sRGB
    • WGL_EXT_pixel_format_packed_float
    • WGL_NVX_DX_interop
    • WGL_NV_float_buffer
    • WGL_NV_multisample_coverage
    • WGL_NV_render_depth_texture
    • WGL_NV_render_texture_rectangle

    More details about these extensions can be found HERE.

    Geeks3D’s OpenGL extensions database can be found HERE.

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