Nvidia released a new GeForce graphics driver today that introduces full support for DirectX 12 Ultimate and features other improvements.
The new driver can be downloaded from Nvidia's official driver's downloads site; it may also install automatically depending on the installed driver on the system and configuration.
The Nvidia GeForce 451.48 driver for Windows introduces support for new features and updates several game profiles next to that. It introduces full support for DirectX 12 Ultimate, a new version of DirectX that Microsoft unveiled back in March 2020.
DirectX 12 Ultimate requires a PC with Windows 10 version 2004 or newer; the new technology is integrated in Microsoft's upcoming Xbox console Xbox Series X as well.
Current hardware will be compatible with DirectX 12 Ultimate but some advanced features may not be supported. Microsoft promises that current hardware will be able to run next-generation games that use DirectX 12 features.
DirectX 12 Ultimate supports DirectX Raytracing 1.1, Variable Rate Shading, Mesh Shaders, and Sampler Feedback.
Nvidia's new driver introduces support for all the features that Microsoft highlighted in the announcement of DirectX 12 Ultimate.
Another new feature of the new GeForce driver is support for accelerated GPU Scheduling; this requires Windows 10 version 2004 or newer, too. The feature allows the graphics card to manage video RAM directly to improve performance and framerates, and reduce latency.
The driver introduces support for Vulkan 1.2 next to that and Nvidia notes in the release notes that it includes bug fixes for "the latest creative applications from Adobe, Autodesk, Blender, Chaos, and Corel".
A good dozen application profiles were updated in the new release. Updated games include Yakuza Kiwami 2, 7 Days to Die, Will you Live Online, and several that require a Turing GPU or newer GPU.
The list of fixes is embedded below:
The list of known issues is equally long:
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