Latest NVIDIA driver boosts Ghost Recon: Wildlands, adds useful DirectX 12 optimizations

Edward Hudson By: Edward Hudson
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NVIDIA  rolled out a bevy of huge performance improvements to DirectX 12 games with its latest update that bumps its driver version to 378.78. The new Game Ready 378.78 driver significantly boosts the performance of DirectX 12 games like Ghost Recon: Wildlands.

The GPU maker said the new driver also supercharges Rise of the Tomb Raider by up to 33%. On average, several DirectX 12 games have seen a performance gain of 16% through the NVIDIA 378.78 driver. Here is the breakdown of the DirectX 12 driver performance boost:

  • Ashes of the Singularity – 9%
  • The Division – 4%
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider – 33%
  • Gears of War 4 – 9%
  • Hitman – 23%

As you might have noticed, the performance gain brought about by the new driver represents either a double-digit percentage hike or right at two figures, with the exception of The Division. While this is NVIDIA’s own benchmark, it is also possible that your own mileage will vary depending on other factors such as RAM or processor.

GeForce’s Andrew Burnes said in a blog post that announced the new driver:

To ensure you benefit from the latest optimizations and improvements for any game, graphics engine or programming API, be sure to download each new Game Ready driver when it pops up in GeForce Experience. Over the last 12 months 22 Game Ready drivers were released, explicitly supporting 68 games, with additional driver-level optimizations and support for many more – with GeForce Experience’s one-click driver downloading and installation, keeping your system up to date and optimized is easier than ever before.

The latest driver also adds full support for the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, offering a better performance than Titan X at a much lower price of $700. Additionally, NVIDIA also fixed several issues in the new driver, including blue-screen crashes on some notebooks, Steam crashes, and driver errors.

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