Nvidia releases GeForce drivers for the final version of Windows 11

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 20, 2021
Windows 11 News

Nvidia released updated Game Ready and Studio drivers for the final version of Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system today. The company did release its first Windows 11 ready drivers back in July, but the drivers released today are designed for the final version of Windows 11, which Microsoft plans to release on October 5, 2021.

Nvidia customers who plan on upgrading their devices to Windows 11 the moment the new operating system is released, or purchasing a new gaming PC or laptop in the first week of general availability, can point their browsers to the official GeForce Game Ready driver download page or the Nvidia Studio driver download page to download the latest drivers to the system for installation.

Windows 11 includes several new gaming related features. Three core features are DirectX 12 Ultimate, Auto HDR and DirectStorage.

Auto HDR is designed to bring High Dynamic Range to games that don't support it. It requires compatible hardware, a monitor with HDR support, and a simple flip of a preference to enable the feature on Windows 11.

Windows 11 users find the setting under Settings > System > Display > Windows HD Color Setting (link). Use HDR needs to be enabled on the page that opens, and Auto HDR as well.

DirectStorage is another new feature, albeit not exclusive to Windows 11 as Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system supports the technology as well. It requires compatible hardware as well, a fast NVMe SSD to be precise on the Windows PC, and games that support the new API. Microsoft promises faster loading times of games and and improved gaming experience.

DirectX 12 Ultimate finally "codifies several RTX graphics rendering innovations such as Raytracing, Variable Rate Shading, Sampler Feedback, and Mesh Shaders to help developers make bigger, better worlds with faster performance" according to Nvidia.

Nvidia Studio customers get a new driver and access to new features on Windows 11 as well. Nvidia lists the following three specifically:

Faster NVIDIA Broadcast Performance: NVIDIA Broadcast is the industry’s leading video and audio enhancement app, using the power of AI and our GPU’s Tensor Cores to make audio clearer, eliminate background noise, and improve video quality. In Windows 11, GPU-accelerated hardware scheduling receives numerous improvements and is enabled by default, enabling users to use NVIDIA Broadcast while they livestream and run a game or 3D app seamlessly.

Windows Enhance Audio: A new Sound panel enables Windows 11 users to improve and enhance the audio coming out of their speakers and headphones, making dialog clearer.

Integrated Microsoft Teams: Chat, call and conference via Microsoft Teams, which is now integrated into the taskbar, providing a faster way to connect to colleagues, friends, and family. And with our Windows 11 drivers, GPU acceleration is fully supported, and via the Teams options you can route your audio and video via NVIDIA Broadcast to enhance calls and video conferences.

You can read the official announcement on the Nvidia blog.

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  1. pd said on September 21, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    “Final version” is not really distinct, is it?

    RTM – release to manufacturing still in use?

  2. ULBoom said on September 20, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Another “Oh boy, JELLO!” announcement.

    Great but cards cost 2-3 times what they did a year ago, $2000 USD for a high end one? Sure. The 1660 Super I got a year ago costs more than twice what it did then.

    Ten years later, HDR, which when used right vs. blowing out colors, is hard to discern unless you know what to look for, assuming you even have hardware, software and a color calibrated monitor (what’s that?) to support it, is back again! Without an excellent display adjusted correctly, HDR looks like your display is messed up; not sure it will ever take off.

    We really need the chip shortage to get fixed so prices drop enough that those who are interested can jump into this stuff.

  3. ChromeFan said on September 20, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    Upgrade to Windows 10.1? Ask me again in 2025.

    Traditional gaming, LOL. Google has blessed us with Stadia. They didn’t need to but they did. As they pioneered and created the free Internet, they will do the same to gaming. Within a couple of years, they will have made major inroads and dent Xbox, PlayStation, and the PC market.

    7 billion plus all using Google’s stadia. I’m tearing up just thinking about it.

    1. Rick Morty said on September 21, 2021 at 12:40 am

      Where do you live that Google created free internet?

      I have to pay for my access and Google hides web results when a company or a country ask them to. There’s nothing free about that.

      Are you the same fan who have no idea what open source means, and doesn’t know that not all the code that Chrome uses was created by them.

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