Nvidia GeForce 375.86 Driver Cripples Memory Performance On GTX 1080, 1070 And 1060

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 9:25 AM

There’s a new Nvidia GeForce 375.86 driver out with day one optimizations for Steep and The Division - Survival, but you may want to hold off on downloading it if you’re a GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1070, or GeForce GTX 1060 owner. A huge number of users are reporting the latest GeForce drivers break the memory speed of these graphics cards, leaving video memory stuck at just 810 MHz.

Buried away in the Issues and Updates section of the 375.86 driver is a little snippet which says "Some GTX 1080/1070/1060 GPUs video memory stuck at 810Mhz". Memory speed on the reference GTX 1080 is 1251 MHz, so you can see how this could potentially cripple performance at higher resolutions.

In addition to this, Battlefield 1 may flick while using multi-GPU in the latest update, as will Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

If you have already grabbed this driver then your best bet is to do a clean uninstall with DDU and reinstall an older driver. From the sounds of things if you don’t have a GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics card you should be able to download this latest driver without a hitch.

Which all really begs the question - why did Nvidia let this bug slip through the net for its latest and greatest graphics cards? It’s clearly aware of the issue; it’s right there in the driver notes. The glaring reason is a rush to get a day one Game Ready driver out as quickly as possible, but has the driver arms race finally come to bite Nvidia in the ass?

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03:36 Nov-24-2016

Hew! good thing when I bought the GPU on the 19th, driver 375.95 was the latest driver that I downloaded, no problems encountered :D.

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15:25 Nov-19-2016

375.95....Cross your fingers

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16:52 Nov-19-2016

Thanks for sharing, downloading now

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20:43 Nov-19-2016

This one is doing the work properly, like before really ;) I havent encountered any problems with it and have been putting it thru it´s paces on Battlefield for a couple of hours now.

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11:14 Nov-19-2016

Now...
New game will use dx12

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12:53 Nov-18-2016

They really need to stop with this "game ready" driver stuff. It's creating a situation where they have to rush drivers out with little quality control.
The last driver caused horrible stuttering in Heaven benchmarks and lower scores overall.

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17:01 Nov-18-2016

The last driver nearly totalled my computer and had to reinstall alot of games

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10:23 Nov-17-2016

Also I would like to add that a friend of mine had an issue with a driver. It was causing battlefield 1 to crash a few seconds after joining a game. After installing the latest driver at that point of time it got fixed. So if you are getting this crash update. He couldnt remember the exact driver number sadly. It was on a gtx 760 btw.

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22:45 Nov-16-2016

This will probably be fixed within a month so just uninstall it and go back to a better driver.

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20:36 Nov-16-2016

Memory speed is 1251? Are you sure? Mine shows 5GHz (5.5with a 500MHz overclock), 10GHz effective (or 11 with the OC). Where's the 1251 pulled from?

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21:27 Nov-16-2016

I'm assuming it's because of the way Nvidia measures memory speed, IE: 4x AMD memory speed (https://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/2460/radeon-r9-290x) is equivalent to Nvidia cards' measurement (1250*4=5000 effective).

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22:46 Nov-16-2016

Hmm, that would make more sense, I guess. It's then probably 1251.75MHz as my memory is reported at 5006MHz.

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17:12 Nov-16-2016

No problems here for me either

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15:51 Nov-16-2016

Good thing I have an RX 480, but on the side not please share this article so more traffic comes on this site and more poeple are aware of this issue who are also owners of GTX 1XXX series cards and need to know what could be wrong with their cards.

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15:08 Nov-16-2016

Dammit i downloaded it yesterday, still didnt say any problems while gaming with the new driver.

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12:44 Nov-16-2016

the new Nvidia GeForce 375.86 driver is ok with asus gtx 980 sli if anyone knows plesea tell me

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12:31 Nov-16-2016

This driver might only be a problem for those whose vram is made by micron as I have no issues whatsoever?

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15:06 Nov-16-2016

My GTX 1080 hast Micron Memory, no Problems here.

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15:20 Nov-16-2016

Oh ok thanks for the info

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11:10 Nov-16-2016

Well, mine works just fine on 375.86. Smooth as silk. No memory throttling.

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11:06 Nov-16-2016

the last bf1 update screwed the crossfire profil in amd drivers,i am keepeing refreshing amd website seeking for a hotfix
and a crossfire profil for infinite warfare

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10:49 Nov-16-2016

11XX series incoming :D

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10:57 Nov-16-2016

Nice! Definitely going to pre-order :D

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15:49 Nov-16-2016

It has been hinted as Volta.

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20:37 Nov-16-2016

I think the comment was a bit of a hidden joke about the driver crippling the performance to "ease" people into the 1100 series like is rumored to be the case with 700-900 and 900-1000 series transitions xD

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10:41 Nov-16-2016

Wo ho ho glad I didn't click that install button XD

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10:41 Nov-16-2016

FFS i just installed my new 1070 and then i read this....

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10:37 Nov-16-2016

Good thing I came here before updating my driver. Thank you GD!

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10:31 Nov-16-2016

smooth move Nvidia, people pay top dollar for your product thinking they will get some premium services then end up paying extra for nothing or sometime less (970 for example).
my next GPU will definitely be an AMD Vega.

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10:41 Nov-16-2016

everyone makes mistakes once in while lol.... it's human to make mistakes

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10:57 Nov-16-2016

So NVidia 760 with is more powerful than 750ti mistakenly perform worse in new games right?

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14:24 Nov-16-2016

Not sure what you're saying but if this is true it wouldn't surprise me. The 750 Ti used the much newer Maxwell architecture used for the 900 series as opposed to the rest of the 700 series, which was mostly just a refresh of the 600 series' Kepler architecture. If Nvidia keeps optimizing for their newer architectures, and beginning to ignore the previous architectures, then I can see this happening. Again, I don't know if it is true or not, or if this is what you were saying, but I'm just speculating here.

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21:48 Nov-16-2016

there was an article here about it don't know what was the name but yeah nvidia have not been supporting the older architectures well!

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10:28 Nov-16-2016

Just tested with FurMark and UnigineHeaven. No reduction in memory speed. Lucky me.
But I am concerned that Nvidia allow themselves to become more and more sloppy when it comes to their drivers. Poor performance in a single game I can understand but crippling overall performance is just sloppy.

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