New WHQL GeForce drivers are ready for Watch Dogs


— 10:18 AM on May 27, 2014

Watch Dogs is due out tomorrow, and Nvidia has released new GeForce drivers for the occasion. The 337.88 drivers have been tuned with the open-world hacking game in mind. They also include a collection of DirectX optimizations that purportedly deliver "significant CPU overhead reductions." Nvidia says these optimizations can speed up load times and improve performance across a range of titles. The tweaks appears to be the same as those introduced in the 337.50 beta drivers last month. The latest release carries Microsoft's WHQL blessing, though.

It's unclear whether performance has improved since the last beta. Compared to the previous WHQL release, however, Nvidia claims the new drivers can provide a 10% boost when running at 4K resolution in the following games:

  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • F1 2013
  • Hitman Absolution
  • Sniper v2
  • DiRT 3
  • Just Cause 2
  • Team Fortress 2

The company measured those gains on a Core i7-4770K-based system with dual GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics cards. The same system enjoyed similar performance increases at 2560x1400 in these titles:

  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Hitman Absolution
  • Thief
  • World of Tanks
  • Just Cause 2
  • Team Fortress 2
  • StarSwarm

Your mileage may vary, of course, but the performance gains from lower driver overhead will most likely apply to CPU-bound scenarios. No wonder Nvidia stuck a couple of 780 Ti cards in its sample config.

On top of the DirectX enhancements, the new drivers include updated SLI profiles for more than a dozen games. Nvidia has also added support for single-tile displays powered by bridge-less SLI configurations. The 337.88 drivers offer "full support" for both single- and dual-tile 4K displays, the company says. More details can be found in the official release notes (PDF). GeForce owners can grab the 64-bit version of the new drivers right here.

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