Nvidia Releases World’s First WHQL Signed Windows 10 Drivers for Geforce 900, 700 and 600 Series


NVIDIA has officially rolled out the world's first WHQL signed driver update compatible with Windows 10. The update incorporates full compliance to the specification of WDDM 2.0 among other things. The Geforce 352.84 WHQL drivers will also offer DirectX1 12 API support for the Maxwell and Kepler Architecture. Fermi architecture is not currently supported but Nvidia's blog indicates support could be coming later.

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Windows 10 and DirectX 12 WHQL support arrives for Nvidia Maxwell & Kepler - Fermi not included currently

The driver is targeted at the Geforce 600, 700 and series 900 and offers WHQL standard support for the current version of Windows 10 and DirectX 12 API. Ofcourse there arent any games that you can actually use these on but given below is a table of DX12 tech demos you can use provided you are running the test build of Windows 10. DirectX 12 heralds the era of low level access to the GPU and is one of the most anticipated and something that has been demanded in the DirectX API for a very very long time. Here is what Nvidia had to say on the occasion:

We’re working on DX12 on many fronts. Our engineers are providing drivers, working with game engine providers, and co-developing with Microsoft. We’re also helping game developers deploy their DX12 titles.

GeForce has been the GPU of choice for key DX12 demos from Microsoft since the API was announced. Combining the world’s fastest GPU hardware with a high-quality graphics driver made for the perfect showcase for the next-generation features of Windows 10 and DirectX 12.

It is worth mentioning that the Fermi user-base will be disappointed since there is no support for the 400 and 500 series GPUs - only Maxwell and Kepler. Nvidia has stated that Fermi support is "coming soon" and I will leave that open to the interpretation of our readers. Although personally I hope it will be sooner rather than a very dragging later. Given below is the list of tech demos you can use if you have the ideal combination of an Nvidia Maxwell/Kepler GPU and the test build of Windows 10:

Event Showcase Demo GPU Used
GDC 2014 1st DX12 Game Demo Forza DX12 GeForce GTX TITAN Black
GDC 2015 1st Confirmed DX12 Game Demo Fable Legends DX12 GeForce GTX 980
BUILD 2015 1st 4-way SLI DX12 Demo WITCH CHAPTER 0 [cry] DX12 4 x GeForce GTX TITAN X
BUILD 2015 1st CryEngine DX12 Demo King of Wushu DX12 GeForce GTX 980
BUILD 2015 1st Explicit Multiadapter DX12 Demo Unreal Engine Race DX12 GeForce + Integrated

You can download the GeForce 352.84 WHQL drivers for Desktop GPUs and Notebook GPUs from the official site.