NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver 418.81 WHQL Has Been Released

cageymaru

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The latest NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver 418.81 WHQL has been released and it provides support for the new GeForce RTX laptops and Futuremark's 3DMark Port Royal benchmark, which has just added a new feature test for NVIDIA Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS). SLI profiles have been added for Anthem, Assetto Corsa Competizione, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2, Life is Strange Season 2, NBA 2K19, and Space Hulk Tactics. Older NVIDIA video card generations such as Pascal and Maxwell received a performance uplift when using G-SYNC and SLI.

Windows 10 Issues: [GeForce RTX 20 series]: Event ID 14 error appears in event viewer logs when Digital Vibrance setting is changed. [2488424]. [SLI][Shadow of the Tomb Raider][G-SYNC]: Flickering occurs in the game when launched with SLI, HDR, and G-SYNC enabled [200467122]. [G-SYNC]: With a G-SYNC and G-SYNC Compatible display connected in clone mode, flashing occurs on games played on the G-SYNC display with G-SYNC enabled. [200482157]. [HDR][Ni no Kuni 2]: Enabling HDR causes the application to crash when launched. [2483952]. [ARK Survival]: Multiple errors and then blue-screen crash may occur when playing the game. [2453173]. [Batman: Arkham Origins]: PhysX fog renders incorrectly [2451459]. [Firefox]: Cursor shows brief corruption when hovering on certain links in Firefox. [2107201]. Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) is not available for monitors with 4k2k timings. [2496987]. Random desktop flicker occurs on some multi-display PCs [2453059].
 

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Still waiting on a fix to correct my 1440p/144hz monitor from reverting to 1024x800 on game/full screen exit... have to restart or unplug/replug in my DP to correct it. PITA just to switch games at times. Alt-Tabbing almost always gets it to act up.

also curious what they mean by "Older NVIDIA video card generations such as Pascal and Maxwell received a performance uplift when using G-SYNC". I haven't touched 400 series drivers yet, might give DDU and this a shot after work tonight.
 

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I'll have to try these when I get home.. the NVCP/SLI and Surround still do not work every boot since installing any of the 4xx drivers. The last 417's seem to be the best so far. hopefully these fix the rest of the issues.
 

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Don't see any reason to go to this driver at this time. I mostly play world of warcraft. See no bug fixes that help me
If that's all that you play then you probably haven't needed to update your GPU driver in a good 5+ years.

GPU drivers aren't something that need to be updated just for the sake of updating them, and not updating them unnecessarily saves time and hassle. There can be minor improvement with a new driver release that are relevant to you, but if you don't see them listed in the release notes then I wouldn't assume there's anything you need from a new driver. I only update my GPU driver when a new game I play requires it. Since I play new games every so often I end up having to update the driver once in a while. I don't update it until then, though.

When you do update a driver, using DDU to do a clean wipe of the old driver is a good idea, but it requires booting into Safe Mode and can mess up all your desktop icon layout - and another reason why I don't update GPU drivers casually whenever a new one comes out.
 

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Huh I figured there would be an RE2 game ready support in this as well.
Yea same, guess the game does not need it, its does run extremely well, and i have not seen any reports of graphical glitches for RE2.. although a slight increase in performance would have been nice..
 

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i find it funny they they compare with the most blurry fuck AA possible.
Seem like to much cherry picking here
 

polonyc2

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we should be getting at least 2 more WHQL drivers this month- one for Metro Exodus and another for Anthem
 

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If that's all that you play then you probably haven't needed to update your GPU driver in a good 5+ years.

GPU drivers aren't something that need to be updated just for the sake of updating them, and not updating them unnecessarily saves time and hassle. There can be minor improvement with a new driver release that are relevant to you, but if you don't see them listed in the release notes then I wouldn't assume there's anything you need from a new driver. I only update my GPU driver when a new game I play requires it. Since I play new games every so often I end up having to update the driver once in a while. I don't update it until then, though.

When you do update a driver, using DDU to do a clean wipe of the old driver is a good idea, but it requires booting into Safe Mode and can mess up all your desktop icon layout - and another reason why I don't update GPU drivers casually whenever a new one comes out.
Nonsense... There's a bigger number available and you should upgrade to it. That's how you use software.
 

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How come the lighting completely changes from the TAA vs DLSS, which is very noticeable in the still pictures comparisons. AA, regardless of the type is not going to change the lighting, which points to different rendering settings for TAA vs DLSS, like the lighting/shadows where turned up/down, and quality settings are different, as the TAA seems to be missing a lot of reflections. AA settings do not reduce reflections.
 

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I wonder if Umbrella Corp. had anything to do with all these new SLI profiles. After all SLI is supposedly dead. ;)
 

Delicieuxz

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Nonsense... There's a bigger number available and you should upgrade to it. That's how you use software.
Sarcasm?

Drivers aren't program software and updating them doesn't serve the same purpose. A person might update program software to receive security updates, or to gain new features and content, or access to updated servers.

But, drivers exist to make hardware work. If it's already working properly then there's no need to update them. And because updating drivers can cause new problems it's good practice to only update them when doing so accomplishes a defined goal, like, letting you play a newer game, fixing some bugs you were experiencing, or improving the performance of your hardware for your tasks.

Programs also aren't always benefited by having the latest version.


When Do You Need to Update Your Drivers?

"Rule: Don’t fix what isn’t broken"

Do I Really Need to Update My Drivers?

"The Golden Rule of Drivers: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It"
 
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Yea same, guess the game does not need it, its does run extremely well, and i have not seen any reports of graphical glitches for RE2.. although a slight increase in performance would have been nice..
Agreed! It does perform well even at high settings but it is one of those games that does well high or lower fps.
 

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DLSS, in effect, is like bloom, but less.

Seriously, this isn't enough to convince me to care about RTX.
 

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How come the lighting completely changes from the TAA vs DLSS, which is very noticeable in the still pictures comparisons. AA, regardless of the type is not going to change the lighting, which points to different rendering settings for TAA vs DLSS, like the lighting/shadows where turned up/down, and quality settings are different, as the TAA seems to be missing a lot of reflections. AA settings do not reduce reflections.
WOW I am not the only one that noticed it. There clearly seems to be something weird going on lol. I actually have a 2080 and without DLSS it didn't even look like lighting and shadows were there. IT was like shit was intentionally blurry and with DLSS everything was shiny lol.

now go back and run the standard benchmark and it looks much sharper. Non DLSS looks like running at 1024x768 to me hahahaha.
 

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DLSS in this demo looks good at my monitors native resolution, but DLSS at a lower resolution than your monitor looks bad. 1440p vs 1080p rendering.
 

GSDragoon

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DLSS in this demo looks good at my monitors native resolution, but DLSS at a lower resolution than your monitor looks bad. 1440p vs 1080p rendering.
Isn't the purpose of DLSS to be able toe renderat a lower resolution but have it look almost as good as a higher resolution and run faster than rendering at a higher resolution? The monitor comments are interesting as demo screenshots don't show you how monitor resolution and scaling come into play.
 
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Don't see any reason to go to this driver at this time. I mostly play world of warcraft. See no bug fixes that help me
Before RTX I rarely updated graphics drivers, probably 2 or 3 times a year tops. With RTX I'm upgrading drivers more often as more features are added or performance is improved.
 

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Pretty sure it would be a horrible idea, but has anyone tried running DSR and upscaling to 1.25 resolution at the driver level and then running DLSS at the application level? IIRC DLSS uses .75 resolution and upscales it. In effect just getting 1.25 DSR for free (assuming the degradation from upscaling and downscaling back and forth wouldn't be too bad.)
 

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Pretty sure it would be a horrible idea, but has anyone tried running DSR and upscaling to 1.25 resolution at the driver level and then running DLSS at the application level? IIRC DLSS uses .75 resolution and upscales it. In effect just getting 1.25 DSR for free (assuming the degradation from upscaling and downscaling back and forth wouldn't be too bad.)
I believe that would create a singularity which destroys reality itself.

Please don't.
 
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