Nvidia released the NVIDIA GeForce Driver 397.31 WHQL to the public today. The new driver includes support for a new feature called Nvidia RTX Technology, updates to components, a new file cleanup operation after installation of drivers, and several fixes of issues.
The new driver is available as a direct update via GeForce Experience if it is installed on a client machine and as a separate download from Nvidia's download site. It is compatible with Windows devices running Window 7 and later.
Just like version 396.x of the driver, driver 397.x won's support 32-bit operating systems anymore.
Computer users who use the standalone installer to install and update drivers benefit from a new file cleanup feature that removes installation files after a successful installation of the graphics driver.
Previous versions of Nvidia's driver installer did not remove the driver installation files which it placed into c:\nvidia by default. A single driver package pushed the size of the folder beyond the 1 Gigabyte mark.
Note that this did not work correctly on a Windows 10 RS4 Insider Build PC. The Nvidia folder remained on the system after installation of the graphics driver.
Nvidia cleans up the folder automatically after installation which means that you don't have to take care of that manually anymore to free up disk space.
The new driver adds development support for Nvidia RTX Technology, a ray tracing technology for DirectX 12 which has the following requirements:
Driver 397.31 adds support for Vulkan 1.1, a new HD audio sample rates (32 kHz, 88.2 kHz and 176.4 kHz for all GPUs, new libraries (nvdlist.dll and nvdlistx.dll to support Optimus and MSHybrid notebooks), and a new NVDECODE API which lets clients reconfigure the decoder resolution and postprocessing parameters.
The driver adds Game Ready support for BattleTech and FrostPunk, and updates or adds SLI profiles and 3D Vision profiles for the following games: Descenders, Frostpunk, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Far Cry 5, and Eve Valkyrie - Warzone.
The new Nvidia graphics driver version fixes several issues that users experienced with previous driver versions:
The following issues are new or remain issues in the new driver:
Click here to open the release notes PDF document.
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