Nvidia GeForce Drivers for Windows 378.49 released

Nvidia has just released new GeForce Drivers for supported Windows operating systems that introduces game ready support for Resident Evil 7 among other things.

Nvidia GeForce Drivers 378.49 is a WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) game ready driver for Windows that is available as a manual driver download, and through Nvidia's GeForce Experience software.

The new driver version for Nvidia video cards brings Game Ready support for the following three games: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Conan Exiles, and For Honor.

Game Ready Drivers are designed to configure supported games automatically for the best gaming experience. This can be useful to gamers who don't want to be bothered changing various game quality settings manually, but it happens that choices are not optimal for a PC's hardware.

Nvidia GeForce Drivers 378.49

nvidia geforce drivers 378.49

Game Ready Drivers are for now available as a separate download, and through the GeForce Experience software. Nvidia announced some time ago that this won't be the case forever. The company plans to make Game Ready Drivers only available through GeForce Experinece updates -- which requires registration to be of any use -- and no longer as separate downloads.

Separate driver downloads will still be offered, but they will be updated less frequently.

As always, it is recommended to select custom installation during setup as this is the only way to prevent drivers and features from being installed on the machine that you don't require.

It depends on your setup if that is the case. If you don't make use of 3D for instance, you may want to disable the 3D drivers that come with the driver package.

Check this guide on disabling Nvidia services that get installed regardless of choice that you make during setup.

Last but not least, you may want to disable Nvidia Tracking on top of all that.

Fixed Issues in Nvidia GeForce Drivers 378.49

Besides delivering three Game Ready drivers for new games, issues were fixed in version 378.49.

  • [GeForce TITAN X][Just Cause 3] Random flashes occur in the game.
  • [GeForce GTX 1080][Wargames: Red Dragon]: The system reboots after switching to
    full-screen mode while playing the game.
  • [GeForce GTX1080]: Random TDR/black screens occur when running GPU-intensive
    Direct X applications after updating to Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
  • [GeForce GTX 1070][Alienware Graphics Amplifier] The graphics card is not detected
    upon installing the driver.
  • [GeForce GTX 1070][Battlefield 1] Rain puddles appear dark.
  • [GeForce GTX 1060] A superfluous audio end point entry appears in the Windows
    Sound Devices panel after resuming from hibernate mode.
  • Assassins Creed - Syndicate shows intermittent flickering black or white patches on
    game character faces.
  • [SLI][Battlefield 1]: Texture flickering occurs in the game with SLI enabled.
  • [Hitman pro][DirectX 12] Flickering corruption appears in the game if the multi-GPU
    option is enabled from the in-game settings.
  • [Folding @ Home] Work unit errors occur.
  • [Diablo 3 DirectX 11] SLI profile needed.

Open Issues in Nvidia GeForce Drivers for Windows 378.49

A number of open issues are present as well. Make sure you go through them before updating to the new driver version:

Windows 10:

  • [Surround][DirectX 11 apps] Only red and blue colors are visible when playing videos
    at resolutions >= 1080P on one surround monitor.
  • [GM204, Tom Clancy's The Division Survival DLC] Game crashes pointing to
    ntdll.dll when changed to full-screen and to windowed full-screen.
  • [GM204, ShadowPlay] For Honor silently crashes if intro video is skipped and instant
    replay is on.
  • [SLI] [GeForce GTX 970M] Level loading hangs in Gears of War 4.
  • [367.77, WDDM 2.1] Driver install/overinstall requires reboot.
  • [SLI, GP104] Installer prompts for reboot during express overinstall of 372.69 driver on
    372.54.
  • [GM204] Quantum Break window either remains blank or freezes in game scene in
    windowed mode.
  • Surround Display icon disappears after rotate mode set to portrait.
  • [SLI] Street Fighter V performance drop (pause and play) observed when the game is
    played at 4K resolution with SLI enabled.
  • [Luxmark 3.0] Display driver stopped responding while running benchmark LuxBall
    HDR (Simple Bechmark:217K triangles).
  • [347.09, GM204] Blank screen observed on an ASUS Tiled display when system resumes from shutdown or hibernation with Fast boot option enabled from BIOS.

Windows 8.1

  • [3DVision] While a stereoscopic 3D video with stereoscopic 3D enabled is played, the
    monitor refresh rate switches to 60 Hz after changing the resolution using the
    Windows control panel.
  • [Video, Notebook] The NVIDIA Control Panel video color settings have no effect on
    YouTube flash video playback within Internet Explorer 10.

Windows 7

  • [GeForce GTX 1080] Battlefield 1 hangs when campaign loaded with Fast Sync
    enabled from the NVIDIA Control Panel.
  • [SLI] Street Fighter V performance drop (pause and play) observed when the game is
    played at 4K resolution with SLI enabled.
  •  [3DVision] While a stereoscopic 3D video with stereoscopic 3D enabled is played, the
    monitor refresh rate switches to 60 Hz after changing the resolution using the
    Windows control panel.

You can download the latest Nvidia drivers from the official Nvidia website.

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Responses to Nvidia GeForce Drivers for Windows 378.49 released

  1. Howard A Pearce January 24, 2017 at 5:10 pm #

    I have had too many problems recently with these Nvidia drivers preventing my PC from shutting down.

    I am sticking with what I have until Nvida proves it can reliably put out drivers that work for the most part.

  2. no January 24, 2017 at 5:57 pm #

    Must be a slow news day...

  3. Yuliya January 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

    Resident Evil 7 is FPS? o.O I mean, I love FPS, it is my favourite genre but RE shouldn't be FPS. 3rd person view gave you the advantage of seeing what happens behind you, potentially helping you when running away from a zombie or whatever creature. I don't know how I feel about this, maybe it will work.. although I'm very skeptical until I'll try it.

  4. AAA January 24, 2017 at 10:04 pm #

    I just upgraded it, no issues so far... let's hope it stays that way. :)

  5. Steve January 25, 2017 at 12:50 am #

    Same here.
    OK

  6. Tom Hawack January 25, 2017 at 10:10 am #

    I updated to previous 376.33 only because of security concerns. Since 378.49 holds only improvements for games I'll leave it aside.

  7. CHEF-KOCH January 25, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

    Stable af! :)

  8. AC January 29, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

    This driver causes freezing in the OS itself, if Windows 10 can even boot. If failed to do so many times, I had to restore to a prevous Windows session.

    • Jim G February 24, 2017 at 4:40 am #

      THIS. Definitely on two machines.

  9. Helix Brightstar February 2, 2017 at 10:21 pm #

    After updating to the new driver version, 378.49, I noticed a lot of flickering while working in Photoshop CC (2017) which was not happening before I updated the drivers. I rolled the drivers back to the previous version and everything returned to normal. This is unfortunate because I participated in the For Honor Closed Beta and GeForce Experience did not recognize For Honor, so I just played on Extreme Settings - the game ran fine though.

    I am running an i7-6700K @ 4.6 Ghz on a Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 Mobo, 16 GB DDR4 TridentZ, EVGA GTX 1070 FTW, with a Corsair RM 750X PSU on Windows 10 - Version 1607 (OS Build 14393.693). So as you can see, it is not a hardware issue only the latest driver from Nvidia.

    I am running two machines of my own, plus my wife's on Nvidia cards and this sort of thing is not normally an issue for me. I have resolved to wait until the next driver is released or some news that Nvidia has addressed and corrected the issue.

    • Helix Brightstar February 24, 2017 at 10:44 pm #

      Just to give an update: I have again installed the drivers (version 378.49) and I have not had anymore issues. Perhaps I only needed to refresh the previous driver installation - even though I have not had this issue in the past. Subsequently, all three of machines have been updated as all are running Nvidia cards. Both of my PCs are fine and my wife's is fine as well.

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