NVIDIA Releases 364.47 WHQL Drivers... with Vulkan

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 7, 2016 - 06:15 PM |
Tagged: vulkan, nvidia, graphics drivers, game ready

This new driver for NVIDIA brings Vulkan support to their current, supported branch. This is particularly interesting for me, because the Vulkan branch used to pre-date fixes for Adobe Creative Cloud, which meant that things like “Export As...” in Photoshop CC didn't work and After Effects CC would crash. They are also WHQL-certified, and they roll in all of the “Game Ready” fixes and optimizations that were released since ~October, which would be mostly new for Vulkan's branch.

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Speaking of which, GeForce Game Ready 364.47 drivers is classified as “Game Ready” itself. The four titles optimized with this release are: Tom Clancy's The Division, Need For Speed, Hitman, and Ashes of the Singularity. If you are interested in playing those games, then this driver is what NVIDIA recommends that you use.

Note that an installation bug has been reported, however. When installing with multiple monitors, NVIDIA suggests that you disable all but one during the setup process, but you can safely re-enable them after. For me, with four monitors and a fairly meticulous desktop icon layout, this was highly annoying, but something I've had to deal with over time (especially the last two, beta Vulkan drivers). It's probably a good idea to close all applications and screenshot your icons before running the installer.

Source: NVIDIA

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March 7, 2016 | 07:51 PM - Posted by cyberwire

I hear this driver is having BSOD issues

March 8, 2016 | 01:33 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

It's been stable all day for me, but I'll update if something weird happens in the next couple of days.

March 7, 2016 | 08:58 PM - Posted by Cristian Kleuser (not verified)

I don't care about Vulkan, but I do care about CUDA (that was brutally replaced by NVENC) and DX12 Async Compute, though as far as stability and installation go, here everything is good.

March 7, 2016 | 11:43 PM - Posted by RadioActiveLobster

Scott, if you use Display Fusion you can backup your layout/icons and restore them easily.

No fooling around with it. Easy and simple.

March 7, 2016 | 11:45 PM - Posted by pcbuilder (not verified)

fyi, there is a software for managing desktop that can save your icons' locations and restore them as please.

March 8, 2016 | 02:35 AM - Posted by gtx960owner (not verified)

i had bsod thanks to this driver but when i reinstalled it it was fine. that driver broke my hardware acceleration in chrome (in chrome://gpu/ it says software only for every graphic feature.)

March 8, 2016 | 02:52 AM - Posted by JohnGR

WHQL Nvidia driver.
Waiting for the hotfix in 2-3 days.

March 9, 2016 | 02:36 AM - Posted by JohnGR

OK this is hilarious. I said 2-3 days and they had to come up with a new driver in just 1 day.


Nvidia's drivers are the best. Right?

Question. How can this company get that WHQL stamp when almost every WHQL driver they produce comes with problems that need a hotfix right after their publication?

March 9, 2016 | 07:55 AM - Posted by Stefem (not verified)

Well, WHQL is a microsoft quality certification, one wonders how they make tests...

Question: How can a serious person link a wccftech article to support his point of view? ;)

March 9, 2016 | 10:06 AM - Posted by JohnGR

Not all articles at wccftech are garbage. Articles that are based on facts can be considered good enough, even for "serious persons".

Now it is said that Nvidia gone back to 362 drivers and removed the 364.47 version.

March 8, 2016 | 09:04 AM - Posted by Batismul (not verified)

All fine here as well like any other beta or whql nvidia driver.

Might be people that have issues run all kinds of software overlays etc. while doing the uninstall/install. I always exit MSI afterburner when doing a nvidia driver install and when done start MSI afterburner again. Also I turn off my Gsync monitor for 5 secs and turn it back on to re-initialize.

No other things I have running in background that could affect GPU driver uninstall/install. Same with AMD GPU's never had issues with those drivers either when doing uninstall/re-install I follow same process to not have things running in the background that utilizes the GPU in a way that would allow it to accelerate.

My system:
Windows 10 Ent. x64 (1511 build with latest updates)
Reference GTX980Ti @1500/7800Mhz
Asus P8Z68-V PRO motherboard
Intel Core i7 3770k @4.8Ghz
16GB 1866Mhz DDR3 G.Skill
Samsung 804 Pro 256GB

March 8, 2016 | 09:40 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"Vulkan 1.0.5 also adds NVIDIA's VK_NV_glsl_shader extension definition to the API."

Nvidia is already adding extentions!


March 8, 2016 | 10:17 AM - Posted by Batismul (not verified)

Oh nice thnx for the link. I didnt know this =D

March 8, 2016 | 09:50 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Scott look at this:

"An AMD ARM 64-bit Dev Board Is Launching For $299 USD"

Since last year we have been waiting for AMD to launch their "HuskyBoard" ARM development board built around their Opteron A1100 ARM 64-bit SoC. That board was originally supposed to ship in Q4'15 while now available for pre-order is a new A1100 development board that looks like it may be taking its place."


Maybe they will release a K12 development board with their custom ARM cores at some future time, but this Refrence Arm A57 Opterion based board sounds interesting! It's got no internal graphics but:

"The LeMaker Cello has an AMD Opteron A1120 quad-core Cortex-A57 processor running at 1.7GHz, 2x DDR3 SO-DIMM slots, two Serial ATA 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, one PCI Express x16 3.0 slot, etc. The AMD A1120 SoC has a 25 Watt TDP so it will also need active cooling. The LeMaker Cello should be able to mount in a mini-ITX / micro-ATX chassis."

March 8, 2016 | 11:34 AM - Posted by Searching4Sasquatch (not verified)

New driver is already out and the WHQL is pending with Microsoft.


March 8, 2016 | 01:05 PM - Posted by remc86007

I spent an hour last night uninstalling this driver in safe mode after it put my pc in a bluescreen loop. It's great to know that we should disable multi-monitor now, but there was no warning when GFE gave me the driver. I uninstalled GFE and will not use it again unless they start holding drivers behind it. Hopefully Polaris will be here by then.

March 8, 2016 | 07:53 PM - Posted by Ophelos

Don't install these drivers or the newer ones:

March 9, 2016 | 07:15 AM - Posted by Batismul (not verified)

People here love wccftech huh, and telling others to go back there to troll lmfao

March 9, 2016 | 08:09 AM - Posted by Stefem (not verified)

Lol, yea, which is a (truly sarcastically speaking) very professional, precise and competent source :D

March 9, 2016 | 11:18 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

WCCFTECH where rational discussions go to DIE!

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