NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 418.91 WHQL Drivers Now Available – Adds Support For Ray Tracing and DLSS in Metro Exodus and Battlefield V

Feb 13, 2019
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NVIDIA has released their latest GeForce Game Ready 418.91 WHQL drivers which adds support for ray tracing and DLSS technologies in Battlefield V and Metro Exodus. With RTX, games will be able to play the AAA titles with added visual fidelity while DLSS will allow better FPS gains through using Tensor Core and Deep Learning technology.

NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 418.91 WHQL Drivers Available For Download – RTX and DLSS Support Added To Battlefield V and Metro Exodus

The latest NVIDIA drivers are aiming the two heavyweight triple AAA titles, one is Battlefield V that is already available and the other is Metro Exodus which will be available in 2 days. The drivers are now available and can be downloaded from the following link:

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Battlefield V had already received support for ray tracing (RTX) technology as it was the first title to support it but now, NVIDIA has added support for DLSS too in the specific game. What DLSS does is to enhance frame rates by up to 40% (NVIDIA’s own estimates) and deliver similar quality to the TAA method.

As for Metro Exodus, the game launches in 2 days on 15th February. It will be another major title based around NVIDIA RTX technologies as it features support for both ray tracing and DLSS. The game would be taking place in both linear and open world levels which will allow NVIDIA to show the true potential of their ray tracing effects. Following are the system requirements for the new title so make sure your PC is prepped up as the specs required are quite beefy.

Metro Exodus features two ray tracing detail levels: High and Ultra. In motion, the difference is hard to discern, so it is recommended that users play at High settings to benefit from faster framerates. And of course, you can also enable DLSS for up to 30% faster performance throughout the game.

DLSS helps the most when the GPU is under maximum load and is available for the following settings:

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  • 3840×2160: Ray Tracing On or Off: RTX 2070, 2080, and 2080 Ti
  • 2560×1440: Ray Tracing On: All RTX GPUs
  • 1920×1080: Ray Tracing On: RTX 2060 and 2070

Based on our testing, we recommend the Ultra-quality preset, High Ray Tracing, and DLSS for 60 FPS Metro Exodus gameplay at the following resolutions*:

  • RTX 2060: 1920×1080
  • RTX 2070: 1920×1080
  • RTX 2080: 2560×1440
  • RTX 2080 Ti: 3840×2160

Highlights

Game Ready Drivers provide the best possible gaming experience for all major new releases, including Virtual Reality games. Prior to a new title launching, our driver team is working up until the last minute to ensure every performance tweak and bug fix is included for the best gameplay on day-one.

Game Ready

Provides the optimal gaming experience when using DLSS and Ray Tracing in Battlefield V and Metro Exodus.

Software Module Versions

  • nView – 149.34
  • HD Audio Driver – 1.3.38.13
  • NVIDIA PhysX System Software – 9.18.0907
  • GeForce Experience – 3.17.0.126
  • CUDA – 10.0

Fixed Issues

  • [Battlefield 1]: Lines appear in the terrain with NVIDIA Control Panel anisotropic filtering override enabled.[1969966]
  • [GeForce RTX 20 series]: Event ID 14 error appears in event viewer logs when Digital Vibrance setting is changed. [2488424]

NVIDIA has also shared some performance metrics which show good gains for all RTX 20 series cards. The following configurations are advised by NVIDIA themselves for a smooth 60 FPS on the subsequent RTX 20 series product:

DLSS is available with the following GPUs, with DXR ray tracing turned on, at the resolutions listed below:

  • 3840×2160: All RTX GPUs
  • 2560×1440: RTX 2060, 2070, and 2080
  • 1920×1080: RTX 2060 and 2070

Now, you can play Battlefield V with DXR ray tracing at higher settings, resolutions and detail levels across our entire range of GeForce RTX GPUs, thanks to the addition of DLSS. The following are the new recommended settings for 60 FPS Battlefield V gameplay:

  • RTX 2060: 2560×1440, High Quality Preset, Medium DXR, DLSS On
  • RTX 2070: 2560×1440, Ultra Quality Preset, Medium DXR, DLSS On
  • RTX 2080: 2560×1440, Ultra Quality Preset, Ultra DXR, DLSS On
  • RTX 2080 Ti: 3840×2160, Ultra Quality Preset, Ultra DXR, DLSS On

To turn on DXR ray tracing and DLSS in Battlefield V on GeForce RTX PCs and laptops, follow these steps:

  1. Install our new Game Ready Driver
  2. Install Windows 10 October 2018 update (version 1809, or higher)
  3. Download the new February 13th Battlefield V game update from Origin
  4. With everything installed and updated, head to the Graphics Setting menu in Battlefield V, enable DirectX 12, restart the game if prompted, click on Advanced Settings, enable DXR and restart the game if prompted, enable NVIDIA DLSS, then scroll down and select a detail level for the “DXR Reflections Quality” setting.

via NVIDIA

It looks like all RTX cards can now deliver a smooth 60 FPS while running ray tracing in Battlefield V while the flagship RTX 2080 Ti can deliver 60 FPS even on 4K through the use of DLSS and RTX. We will be posting our own performance results for Battlefield V using NVIDIA’s DLSS technology in a bit so stay tuned.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX/GTX "Turing" Family:

Graphics Card Name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
GPU Architecture Turing GPU (TU116) Turing GPU (TU116) Turing GPU (TU106) Turing GPU (TU106) Turing GPU (TU104) Turing GPU (TU102)
Process 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN
Die Size 284mm2 284mm2 445mm2 445mm2 545mm2 754mm2
Transistors 6.6 Billion 6.6 Billion 10.6 Billion 10.6 Billion 13.6 Billion 18.6 Billion
CUDA Cores 1408 Cores 1536 Cores 1920 Cores 2304 Cores 2944 Cores 4352 Cores
TMUs/ROPs 88/48 96/48 120/48 144/64 192/64 288/96
GigaRays N/A N/A 5 Giga Rays/s 6 Giga Rays/s 8 Giga Rays/s 10 Giga Rays/s
Cache 1.5 MB L2 Cache 1.5 MB L2 Cache 4 MB L2 Cache 4 MB L2 Cache 4 MB L2 Cache 6 MB L2 Cache
Base Clock 1530 MHz 1500 MHz 1365 MHz 1410 MHz 1515 MHz 1350 MHz
Boost Clock 1785 MHz 1770 MHz 1680 MHz 1620 MHz
1710 MHz OC
1710 MHz
1800 MHz OC
1545 MHz
1635 MHz OC
Compute 5.0 TFLOPs 5.5 TFLOPs 6.5 TFLOPs 7.5 TFLOPs 10.1 TFLOPs 13.4 TFLOPs
Memory Up To 6 GB GDDR5 Up To 6 GB GDDR6 Up To 6 GB GDDR6 Up To 8 GB GDDR6 Up To 8 GB GDDR6 Up To 11 GB GDDR6
Memory Speed 8.00 Gbps 12.00 Gbps 14.00 Gbps 14.00 Gbps 14.00 Gbps 14.00 Gbps
Memory Interface 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit 352-bit
Memory Bandwidth 192 GB/s 288 GB/s 336 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 616 GB/s
Power Connectors 8 Pin 8 Pin 8 Pin 8 Pin 8+8 Pin 8+8 Pin
TDP 120W 120W 160W 185W (Founders)
175W (Reference)
225W (Founders)
215W (Reference)
260W (Founders)
250W (Reference)
Starting Price $219 US $279 US $349 US $499 US $699 US $999 US
Price (Founders Edition) $219 US $279 US $349 US $599 US $799 US $1,199 US
Launch March 2019 February 2019 January 2019 October 2018 September 2018 September 2018
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