I'm using these drivers on both my ASUS laptop and Desktop (with everything in STO pretty much maxed with the exception of anisotropic filtering and AA (at 8X); and I have not experienced the issues you describe on either computer. (Nvidia 460M on the laptop and a GTX265 on the desktop <--- upgrading this particular PC later this year, but IMO it still runs STO fine at max settings.)
Don't know what to tell you.
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I just downloaded the very latest nvidia drivers.. I have seen this head issue a couple times... also, am I imagining things or with these drivers, are there more hitches and stutters? This seems rampant on ESD, but that could just be the game....
We generally have a tendancy to think that the latest drivers will work better, often there is no difference and quite often there will be an issue with some software you run. I never update any drivers for anything unless I have a problem running that software or device.