Nvidia Drops GeForce 390.65 Driver With Meltdown Fix and Fortnite Optimisations

Written by Neil Soutter on Mon, Jan 8, 2018 3:58 PM
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Nvidia has just released its latest graphics card driver, version 390.65. Among all the usual gubbins it comes with one crucial security update - mitigating the danger of the Meltdown CPU vulnerability.

“Computer systems with microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and branch prediction may allow unauthorized disclosure of information to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis,” says Nvidia.

While the risk of a standard PC user being at risk from Meltdown or Spectre attacks right now is fairly low, it’s better to be safe than sorry and this is a pretty vital driver update.

On the traditional driver front, the GeForce 390.65 WHQL driver as Game Ready performance optimisations for Fortnite and Fortnite: Battle Royale. Better late than never on that front we guess, but it should at least ensure the best possible performance for GeForce owners.

In addition, there are SLI profiles added or updated for Dirt 4, Total War: Warhammer II and X-Morph: Defense.

GeForce 390.65 WHQL Driver Fixed Issues

  • [GeForce GTX 970][Batman Arkham Knight]: Surfaces are rendered incorrectly.
  • [GeForce GTX 1080 Ti][TITAN X][TITAN Xp][Gamestream]: Artifacts appear when using Gamestream.
  • [Notebook][Fermi GPUs][3D Vision]: Error message pointing to the Stereo driver appears when enabling stereoscopic 3D.

GeForce 390.65 WHQL Driver Known Issues

  • [SLI][Dirt 4]: There is corruption and flickering in the game with SLI enabled.
  • [NVIDIA TITAN V][G-Sync]: G-Sync displays may go blank when switching between different overclocked memory clocks multiple times.
  • [SLI][GeForce GTX 780 Ti]: There is no display output when connecting the DisplayPort and two DVI monitors.
  • [GeForce TITAN (Kepler-based)]: The OS fails after installing the graphics card on a Threadripper-enabled motherboard.
  • [Pascal GPUs][Gears of War 4]: Blue-screen crash may occur while playing the game.
  • [Kepler GPUs][Star Wars Battlefront II]: The system hangs when launching the game in
  • DirectX 12 API mode.

As always, you can grab the driver for yourself from here, or just auto-update through your current GeForce Experience installation.

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07:01 Jan-09-2018

I thought Meltdown was a Intel thing so why did Nvidia make a patch for it as well?

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08:11 Jan-09-2018

It's an everything thing.

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17:07 Jan-08-2018

Any negative effects on benchmarks? ...

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17:46 Jan-08-2018

FSX runs better now though I had a weird slow down. I paused the game and took a pizza out of the oven so I assume some other program caused it since the issue went away when I got back.

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18:21 Jan-08-2018

There shouldn't be any, for most part, those only effect CPU performance, to be more exact, I/O performance of SSDs or hard drives are getting hit the worst. Which effects huge datacenters and virtual environments, but for games, the worse cases were like 3-5FPS on old CPUs with AC Origins and BF1.

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18:25 Jan-08-2018

Otherwise check these two videos:
Only OS update - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qZksorJAuY
OS+BIOS update - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbhKUjPRk5Q
And driver update here is more to just patch it up on nVidias end and to ensure no compatibility issues.But to be hones on i5 6600 I saw about same performance.

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21:17 Jan-09-2018

So I probably won't see any difference, just installed it.

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16:28 Jan-08-2018

great work my lovely Nvidia

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16:21 Jan-08-2018

Downloading new drivers...

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16:08 Jan-08-2018

How can a gpu driver prevent cpu attacks?

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16:14 Jan-08-2018

Because the graphics application can send calls to the CPU that can then be used to exploit the vulnerability. This driver promises to prevent that. I myself will be trying it as FSX got kinda wrecked by the latest patches. And that game was dropping to 14 fps before that already.

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