NVIDIA Readies GeForce DirectX 12 Driver, 16% Average Performance Uplift – Aimed at Entire GeForce 10 Lineup Including GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

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Mar 1, 2017
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NVIDIA has announced that they will be releasing a new GeForce driver aimed to improve DirectX 12 GPU performance and deliver more feature goodness to their gaming fans. The news comes just hours after NVIDIA announced the fastest graphics card on the planet, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti for a stunning price of $699 US.

NVIDIA GeForce DirectX 12 Driver Imminent – 16% Average and Up To 33% Improvement in Latest AAA Gaming Titles Across Pascal GPU Lineup

The announcement mentions that a new GeForce Game Ready Driver is headed our way. This driver will be fine tuning graphics performance of GeForce 10 series graphics cards in DirectX 12 titles. Titles that are mentioned in NVIDIA’s news release include, Ashes of The Singularity, Gears of War 4, Hitman, Rise of The Tomb Raider and Tom Clancy’s The Division.

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NVIDIA is claiming that the drivers would deliver average gains of up to 16% which is a pretty big deal since NVIDIA has been claiming to fix their DX12 performance since the Maxwell GeForce 900 series cards. NVIDIA has and will work hard will developers to deliver performance increases across current and upcoming DirectX 12 titles. These will be achieved through refining the driver code for point-to-point GPU optimizations .

NVIDIA GeForce DirectX 12 Game Ready Driver News Release

Game Ready Driver Optimized for DX12
NVIDIA also revealed an upcoming Game Ready Driver optimized for DirectX 12 games. The company refined code in the driver and worked side by side with game developers to deliver performance increases of up to 16 percent on average across a variety of DirectX 12 games, such as Ashes of the Singularity, Gears of War 4, Hitman, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Tom Clancy’s The Division.(1)

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Since the first launch of its Pascal™ architecture — the world’s most advanced DX12 GPU family, including the performance-leading GeForce GTX 1080 Ti® and GTX 1080 GPUs — NVIDIA has continuously improved DX12 game performance through releases of Game Ready drivers. The drivers are timed with the release of the latest games by leading partners.

The new Game Ready DirectX 12 driver will be known as the GeForce 378.74. Performance results posted over at Videocardz reveal that we are looking at some huge gains. Some that may even put NVIDIA ahead of their rivals where they may currently lack (GTX 1060 vs RX 480). If these gains are correct, then NVIDIA has not only announced an impressive Pascal GPU lineup but further extended the performance gains of their GeForce 10 series family which is a win-win situation for GeForce gamers.

NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready DirectX12 Driver Performance On GTX 1080:

GameGeForce 368.61GeForce 378.74Performance Gain
Ashes of the Singularity, Crazy Preset46.550.99%
The Division 1.6, Max Settings + 1x SMAA Ultra31.532.74%
Hitman, High Settings + High SSAO50.662.123%
Rise of the Tomb Raider, Very High + 2x SSAA20.527.233%
Gears of War 4, Ultra Preset41.245.210%

NVIDIA’s New GeForce Platform To Feature Aftermath Tool To Instantly Identify Causes of GPU Crashes

In addition to performance increases, the new GeForce platform will include a very useful tool known as Aftermath which can help identify the specific cause of GPU crashes. The tool can classify GPU crashes by location and type. It can also be shipped inside games which can upload aftermath logs for users to go through. NVIDIA is collaborating with Microsoft to standardize this functionality and it won’t be long before we see this feature in action.

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