Nvidia’s dropped a new GeForce graphics card driver and it’s an important one for anyone picking up a ludicrously expensive GeForce RTX laptop.
The GeForce 418.81 WHQL GPU driver provides official support for GeForce RTX laptops as well as optimised performance for 3DMark’s new Port Royal benchmark. Port Royal is a benchmark specifically designed for testing real-time ray tracing and DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) performance on Nvidia’s graphics cards.
Nvidia has claimed the new DLSS feature for 3DMark Port Royal improves performance by up to 50% as compared to the standard benchmark test, with little drop in visual quality. You’ll have to take Nvidia’s word on that for now, unless you’re fortunate enough to have one of Nvidia’s latest graphics cards.
Aside from that, there’s none of the specific game optimisation we usually see so this driver is only terribly pressing if you happen to be buying a GeForce RTX laptop or you’re looking at to run some Port Royal benchmarks. The latter seems pretty likely if you have an RTX graphics card as, outside of Battlefield V, it’s the only thing that actually supports ray tracing at this point. Have no fear though, for Metro Exodus is right around the corner.
And as always there are lists of known and fixed issues with this latest release. G-Sync monitor owners, in particular, who are having trouble with their displays could find some fixes of interest.
GeForce 418.81 WHQL GPU Driver Fixed Issues
- [Gamestream][OS HDR]: Stream is not set to launch in HDR despite having HDR display attached to the PC and client.
- [GeForce Experience]: Share FPS overlay appears in the Twitter UWP app from the Microsoft Store.
- [G-SYNC]: Flickering may occurs in games if G-SYNC is enabled.
- [G-SYNC]: With G-SYNC enabled, after hot-pugging a G-SYNC display and then a GSYNC Compatible display, the right half of the G-SYNC Compatible display may go blank.
GeForce 418.81 WHQL GPU Driver Known Issues
- [GeForce RTX 20 series]: Event ID 14 error appears in event viewer logs when Digital Vibrance setting is changed.
- [SLI][Shadow of the Tomb Raider][G-SYNC]: Flickering occurs in the game when launched with SLI, HDR, and G-SYNC enabled
- [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.
- [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.
- [Batman: Arkham Origins]: PhysX fog renders incorrectly
- [Firefox]: Cursor shows brief corruption when hovering on certain links in Firefox.
- Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) is not available for monitors with 4k2k timings.
- Random desktop flicker occurs on some multi-display PCs
You can grab the driver for yourself now from here or you can just auto-update through your current GeForce Experience installation.