It’s a big day for Nvidia today as the GeForce RTX 2060 has officially launched. The cheapest RTX graphics card yet is now available to buy, although ‘cheap’ is subjective when the GeForce RTX 2060 will set you back $349/£329. As always with a new graphics card release, that means a new Nvidia GeForce GPU with official support for the RTX 2060.
Nvidia’s GeForce 417.71 graphics drivers bring support for Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics cards so if you’re picking one up today this will be a necessary download.
That’s not all either as this update also includes the first support for Nvidia G-Sync on compatible FreeSync monitors. Details on the monitors supported is still a little bit flaky with Nvidia confirming just 12 have received the official G-Sync certification. It does sound as if adaptive sync tech will work on Nvidia GPUs and pretty much all FreeSync monitors, although results could vary.
Once the GeForce 417.71 GPU driver is installed, Nvidia G-Sync can be enabled the control panel to enable VRR (Variable Refresh Rates) features on compatible displays. The full list of officially supported monitors can be seen here. There are a couple of further caveats to the new functionality as well. Firstly, G-Sync support is only possible on Nvidia Pascal and later GPU architectures. That’s the GeForce GTX 10 Series or newer. Secondly, G-Sync can only be enabled on a single display. There is no multi-monitor support at this point.
Other changes in this driver release are comparatively minor although there are a handful of new fixes, including a fix for Shadow of the Tomb Raider crashing while running in DirectX 12.
GeForce 417.71 GPU Driver Fixed Issues
- [GeForce GTX 1080]: GPU clock speed does not drop to idle when three monitors are enabled.
- Black screen when resuming from monitor sleep on some DisplayPort monitors.
- [Notebook]: Fixed lockup that occurred when resuming from sleep on MSI GT83 notebook.
- [GeForce GTX 1060 Notebook][Gu Jian Qi Tan 3]: The application hangs during launch.
- Fixed black screen on BenQ XL2730 monitor at 144Hz refresh rate.
- [Windows 7][G-SYNC]: Game FPS drops when G-SYNC is used with V-Sync.
- [SLI][3D Gaming][TU104][PG 180][Multiple apps][Win10RS5x64]Blocky Corruption when application is switched to certain resolutions.
- [Shadow of the Tomb Raider]: Fixed occasional application crash in DirectX 12 mode.
GeForce 417.71 GPU Driver Known Issues
- [SLI][Shadow of the Tomb Raider][G-SYNC]: Flickering occurs in the game when launched with SLI, HDR, and G-SYNC enabled
- [HDR][Ni no Kuni 2]: Enabling HDR causes the application to crash when launched.
- [ARK Survival]: Multiple errors and then blue-screen crash may occur when playing the game.
- [Firefox]: Cursor shows brief corruption when hovering on certain links in Firefox.
- [G-SYNC]: Random flickering occurs when connecting G-SYNC monitor + non-GSYNC HDMI monitor with G-SYNC enabled.
As always, you can grab the latest driver release directly from Nvidia’s site, or you can just auto-update through your current GeForce Experience installation.