Latest Nvidia drivers support new Assassin’s Creed, Need For Speed games

All right, you probably know the drill by now. Nvidia has released a new batch of drivers bearing certification from Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Quality Labs. You can grab the 331.82 WHQL drivers here for 64-bit versions of Windows and here for 32-bit systems. Desktop PCs running Windows versions from Vista through 8.1 are supported; laptop users and WinXP-running stragglers can find appropriate downloads through the driver search page on GeForce.com.

The 331.82 WHQL release is recommended for "all GeForce GTX users." It adds official support for a couple of new games—Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Need For Speed Rivals—that were released earlier today. On top of that, Nvidia says the update includes "major" optimizations for gaming on 3840×2160 monitors. Users who ponied up for such displays can purportedly expect "up to 50% faster framerates" in games like Battlefield 4, Crysis 3, and Metro: Last Light.

Also included is version 1.7.1 of Nvidia’s GeForce Experience software, which lifts the CPU requirement for ShadowPlay video recording. ShadowPlay is now available to "all GeForce GTX 600 and 700 Series users," Nvidia says. Check out our original ShadowPlay coverage for more details on the game recording feature works.

Last, but not least, the new drivers include updated SLI and 3D Vision profiles for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, an updated DX11 SLI profile for Natural Selection 2, and a new SLI profile for Path of Exile.

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    • NeoForever
    • 6 years ago

    I don’t understand. Is this news to anyone? Especially, when the article talks about ShadowPlay, meaning that the readers have Geforce Experience already installed?

    GE already notified me of the driver at night on the 18th.

    Just sayin.

    • ronch
    • 6 years ago

    I’m not bashing AMD here, but lately they seem to be having more than their fair share of driver issues. I remember having some issues when I installed Catalyst 13.4 a few months ago, something about a failed installation attempt (I think the driver in particular had something to do with APP or video transcode acceleration or something). Now more recently I downloaded and installed 13.9 and I had the same installation failure. I don’t know if this is just an isolated case but when I installed 13.4, I did a clean install using the latest chipset driver from them as well. I don’t remember ever having this sort of issue with earlier drivers since 2007 when I got an X1950 Pro.

    AMD should really shoot for WHQL here. Their GPUs are really some of the best out there but as we know, they’re being held back by less-than-optimal drivers.

      • nanoflower
      • 6 years ago

      I ran into some failed installs with AMD last year when I was still running one of their cards. Usually I could just retry the install and it would work. However I have to give AMD credit because I never saw a blue screen due to the driver even though I did see the occasional error message about a video driver reset. With Nvidia I’m not seeing the video driver reset message but I do get the occasional blue screen due to the video scheduler error. I would rather have the install error when upgrading drivers than a blue screen. 😉 I’m hoping the new Nvidia driver fixes my problems.

        • ronch
        • 6 years ago

        Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve used an Nvidia graphics card. My last Nvidia GPU was a 7600GS back in 2007, and I only used it for 3 months until I bought myself a new rig with an ATI GPU. Before that, my Nvidia GPU was a GeForce2 GTS (!).

      • cegras
      • 6 years ago

      Why do you make the process more complicated than necessary? For a while, unless I am completely making this up, AMD has had the capability to just install new drivers over the old ones. I’ve done that and have had zero problems since they introduced that feature a year or two ago.

        • ronch
        • 6 years ago

        I installed 13.4, as I’ve said, from a fresh reformat. 13.9 was installed on top of 13.4.

      • alienstorexxx
      • 6 years ago

      amd user form 2 years.
      i’ve only had problem with drivers when i came from nvidia and tried to install the drivers like if it was ccleaner. you just need to make it step by step, every time a driver is installed, you need to reboot, regardless if it is you or is windows the one who is installing it.

      i recommend you to use Driver Fusion on windows secure mode to fully clean the driver data or even Display Driver Uninstaller (wich is better on founding traces). also, always uninstall drivers from the catalyst uninstaller, and clean amd folder on the root directory of your primary partition after that you should use those driver cleaners.

      [url<]http://www.guru3d.com/files_details/display_driver_uninstaller_download.html[/url<] this one even found traces from my old 6770 (5770 biosmoded). also you should know that non whql certified drivers requiere to disable windows Driver Signature Enforcement. [url<]http://sixcolumns.com/how-to-disable-and-bypass-driver-signature-enforcement-in-windows-8/[/url<] this is true until you restart your computer, if you want it permanent you should follow the guide on the bottom

    • Klimax
    • 6 years ago

    Correction:
    “On top of that, Nvidia says the update includes “major” optimizations for gaming on 3840×2160 monitors. Users who ponied up for such displays can purportedly expect “up to 50% faster framerates” in games like Battlefield 4, Crysis 3, and Metro: Last Light.”

    Unless my reading comprehension sucks, it is for SLI:
    “When running at 4K resolutions, SLI performance increases by as much as 50% in key titles like Metro: Last Light, Crysis 3, and Battlefield 4.”

      • SCR250
      • 6 years ago

      [quote<]Unless my reading comprehension sucks, it is for SLI: "When running at 4K resolutions, SLI performance increases by as much as 50% in key titles like Metro: Last Light, Crysis 3, and Battlefield 4."[/quote<] It is confusing as the above seems to imply SLI only improvements whereas in the release notes below that quote they seem to show single GPU improvements of 50%, 26% and 18%. [quote<]Performance Boost – Increases performance by up to 50% for GeForce 400/500/600/700 series GPUs in several PC games vs. GeForce 331.65 WHQL-certified drivers. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration. Here is one example of measured gains: GeForce GTX 770/780/TITAN/780Ti: Up to 50% in Metro: Last Light Up to 26% in Crysis 3 Up to 18% in Battlefield 4 [url<]http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/70184/en-us[/url<] [/quote<] I would like site like TR to do actual tests of claims for both Nvidia and AMD and show real world results.

        • Klimax
        • 6 years ago

        I know, and this is not the only problem, against what drivers it is compared. Release Notice says GameReady drivers, but Release Notes say 327.23.

        I’ll do my own testing on Crysis 3 (the only explicitly mentioned title I have.) But it will be just 17” or at best 1080p, because I don’t have any bigger monitors. (Either they are too big for no benefit, or professional and thus quite costly) And 4k is both…

    • destroy.all.monsters
    • 6 years ago

    Seems like I just got my 460SEv2 to stop having driver issues with the last one. Not sure if I should tempt fate.

    • Laykun
    • 6 years ago

    I’m keen to see what they’ve done to get that extra 50%. I wouldn’t mind if that translated to people who just generally run larger than normal resolutions like 5760×1200.

      • Airmantharp
      • 6 years ago

      Well, that’s 6MP, and 4k is 8MP, but it would certainly be nice to see what’s what at both surround resolutions and at 4k. I think editors have been waiting for this driver in order to perform real investigations into the 4k performance of these cards; the prices of decent 4k monitors certainly aren’t getting people in a hurry yet :).

    • crazybus
    • 6 years ago

    This was already released the other day but hurray for removing CPU restrictions on ShadowPlay. Now I can use it with my Core 2 Quad.

      • Prestige Worldwide
      • 6 years ago

      Shadowplay has been working really nicely for me. 1080p 60fps videos and I haven’t noticed my frames drop at all.

      RIP FRAPS & DXTORY, it was nice knowing you.

        • Airmantharp
        • 6 years ago

        I wonder how it works at 2560×1600…

        I need more hard drives :).

        • Klimax
        • 6 years ago

        DXtory/FRAPS still have uses. (I want lossless or other resolutions.)

    • Herem
    • 6 years ago

    It will be interesting to see how many games get close to 50% faster at 4K. This sounds too good to be true but if it is it’s game changing (No pun intended).

    If this is substantiated for most big titles it completely changes the playing field from performance equality with AMD winning on value to massively in favor of Nvidia for both performance and value at 4K.

      • Airmantharp
      • 6 years ago

      If you’ve browsed 4k results from multi-GPU setups, you’d have seen that that 50% isn’t really a miracle; it’s a given, to get scaling back in line with what’s seen at lower resolutions. This won’t make Nvidia faster than AMD, rather, it will simply allow them to catch up :).

        • Herem
        • 6 years ago

        IF Nvidia could deliver a 50% performance improvement at 4K they wouldn’t need a multi GPU setup to run current games well. Looking at the recent 4K comparison between the R9 290X and GTX 780 Ti on HardOCP both cards averaged around 40-50 fps at max settings (Except AA in Far Cry).

        HOCP’s conclusion was ‘The GeForce GTX 780 Ti gives you exactly the same gameplay experience as the Radeon R9 290X at Ultra HD 4K display gaming.’ They then went on to explain that the AMD card is currently the best deal as it is $150 cheaper and will deliver the same performance.

      • alienstorexxx
      • 6 years ago

      read the log and take your own conclusions.
      misleading everywhere from the first time it says “up to”

      [url<]http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/70184/en-us[/url<]

        • Klimax
        • 6 years ago

        You don’t say? Same like AMD. Both companies produce same statements. (Or all three, IIRC Intel had some of them too)

        [url<]http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/latest-catalyst-windows-beta.aspx[/url<] "GRID 2 - improves performance up to 8.5%" Frankly, it does make sense, because results can vary quiet lot not only between various case but obviously between different cards, so they choose reasonable upper delta which they observed in testing and go with that. If you see higher, bonus for you, if not, we are covered. Just look how varying reviews are...

          • nanoflower
          • 6 years ago

          I think they are also taking into account how performance will vary in different areas inside the game. So if there is a section of the game that requires a particular feature (say tesselation) then the new driver may give a greater boost in that area than in others. That could also justify an up to 50% boost in Metro: Last Light report even though they are talking about a specific system where you might expect them to be able to give an exact number.

            • Klimax
            • 6 years ago

            Right. (Included in “cases”)

          • alienstorexxx
          • 6 years ago

          up to 50% on every gtx 400 to 700 is quite reasonable.

          [quote<]Performance Boost – Increases performance by up to 50% for GeForce 400/500/600/700 series GPUs in several PC games vs. GeForce 331.65 WHQL-certified drivers.[/quote<] 1- 400-700 2- 331.65 whql aren't even the latest whql drivers. i invite you to keep reading. you will found the only "up to 50%" game is metro last light. who knows in wich specific conditions

            • Klimax
            • 6 years ago

            And? They updated code optimizer which is used on Fermi and up cards, so they included entire range. (BTW: Reminder that one of drivers had large increase for 560; at that time we were already on Kepler)
            There is no anomaly whatsoever, there is nothing strange and no dishonest thing going on.
            2. comparison is against 331.65 (WHQL vs. WHQL), which is last driver.
            According to this:
            [url<]http://www.nvidia.co.uk/Download/Find.aspx?lang=en-uk[/url<] (You'll need to hit "search") I think it is you, who should keep reading, because even last statement doesn't appear to be true. (Without some evidence. Also I have one of listed games - Crysis 3 I'll see if I can do some testing.) Note: However there appears to be discrepancy between previous GameReady drivers and this one and associated release notes. At this time I don't know what is correct base for their comparison as it can be previous driver (per release notice) or 327.23 (as per release notes).

            • alienstorexxx
            • 6 years ago

            the more you look into to answer me, the more you understand why i say what i’ve said.

            • Klimax
            • 6 years ago

            No. Half of you posts ion this subthread are “Captain Obvious” and part are missing any point and as a bonus they try to accuse NVidia of something wrong.

            There was no point whatsoever to your post beside trying to accuse NVidia of something underhanded. There is nothing to understand in your posts.

            ETA: Also you missed sever things I said and you were also wrong in quite few cases.

            • alienstorexxx
            • 6 years ago

            i want to assure that the first time i’ve read the log about wich driver was it against, it was “vs. GeForce 327.23 WHQL”
            and that also, there was no mention about 4k back then.
            it slipped me that things that i wrote in other forums may have been read by someone at nvidia and then fixed in the summary or maybe it was just logic. as i am captain obvious.

            now the only point left is to say,
            – first: these improvements are mostly (if not only) for 4k and sli.
            – 2nd: these improvements are for every gpu from gtx400-700 in several pc games.
            – 3rd: example of top end gpus wich most users don’t own.

            so, it’s kinda confusing. and more likeble te be only improvements to gtx770 and beyond, so maybe it’s also 4k related.
            i’ve got a couple of friends in forums that have gtx cards, no one has seen any improvement in their games.

            if you are a gtx owner, i invate you to share your experience, that’s all.

            • Klimax
            • 6 years ago

            Ok, now it is clear what went on, so I have nothing further to add or argue… ( 😀 )
            Originally it looked quite different..

            Ok. [/end of transmission]

            ETA: Rewrote a bit first sentence. Original attempt was bad…

      • Random Guy
      • 6 years ago

      50% faster at a 4K resolution is going to be trivial if FPS is really low to begin with i.e. from 10 to 15 FPS….and we don’t even know if it is 50% across the board, or 50% only in certain situations. To be honest, with such a miniscule number of users with 4K I don’t see why anyone would really take notice of this little “statistic”.

    • NeelyCam
    • 6 years ago

    Beta? No?

    NVidia is always the first to get non-beta drivers out

      • allreadydead
      • 6 years ago

      [quote<]NVidia is always the first to get non-beta drivers out[/quote<] Hey hey now, AMD, don't take his words seriously, he is just joking.. Take it easy AMD, no rush. We all know what kind of... horrors you are capable of releasing, under name of "Graphics Driver" even when you are not pressed for time. So, take a deep breath, relax and don't rush it to counter NV. I dunno, baby steps maybe ? start with "hello world" and I'm sure you will succeed in writing drivers for graphic chips/cards someday... /sarcasm

        • Deanjo
        • 6 years ago

        Well then at least they would have something to put in their change logs.

        [quote<] Changelog 13.12 Beta - fixed spelling of world (awaiting WHQL approval) Changelog 13.12 Final -reverted spelling of world to wrold (too late to backport the changes until the next official driver). [/quote<]

          • chuckula
          • 6 years ago

          THAT’S WHAT I CALL AN ISO-9001 CERTIFIED DRIVER PROCESS!!!

            • yogibbear
            • 6 years ago

            Well they did follow the process, and even have evidence to show the auditor with the change log! Overall I give them Satisfactory on their compliance, this time!

          • allreadydead
          • 6 years ago

          Before posting previous my comment, I red it again and thought I was exagerating a bit. But this…
          wow… just wow.

          Maybe those are just side effects working for military projects ? You know, those missiles ment to blow up so that attitude becomes a part of company culture after a while…

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