Nvidia released a new driver for GeForce video cards yesterday that bumps the version to 378.78 and improves DX12 performance significantly.
The new video card driver ships with three core improvements; namely, DirectX 12 optimizations, support for the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and Game Ready support for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands.
The driver includes several fixes furthermore that may be of interest as well.
The three main features are limited to certain user groups though. DirectX 12 is only supported by Windows 10 for instance. If you run a different version of Windows or another operating system, then you won’t benefit from this at all.
Also, a lot of games don’t ship with optimizations for DirectX 12 as the main group of gamers is still on systems that don’t even support DirectX 12.
The same is true for GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and Ghost Recon Wildlands support. If you don’t own the video card or the game, you won’t benefit from these improvements obviously.
The DirectX 12 optimizations that went into the driver improve frames per seconds significantly according to Nvidia.
The company ran the tests on a fairly powerful rig: GeForce GTX 1080 video card at 3840×2160 resolution: information on other components was not provided.
According to Nvidia’s own tests, performance increases between 4% and 23% with the new driver when compared to older drivers.
It needs to be noted that your mileage may vary, as benchmarks depend on other factors as well, for instance RAM or processor.
Funny side note: Nvidia did not test Hitman Pro, but the game Hitman. Hitman Pro is not a game but a great security software for Windows.
Several issues are fixed in the new driver. This includes blue-screen crashes on some notebook platforms, a Steam crash, driver erros when using GPUGrid CUDA or PrimeGrid Genefer OpenCL tool.
The driver has several open issues. You may run into issues when you run the driver installation if you don’t select the clean install option. The driver installation may fail. The workaround is to select clean install as it will run just fine then.
Application crashes for some games under certain conditions.
You can download the latest driver from the official Nvidia driver download page. Make sure you select Nvidia Driver 378.78 WHQL.
As always, make sure you select custom installation during installation to avoid installation of components that you don’t require.
Now You: Do you install new video card drivers regularly?
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