NVIDIA Releases GeForce 378.78 Drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 10, 2017 - 02:49 AM |
Tagged: nvidia, graphics drivers

Alongside the launch of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, NVIDIA has released a new graphics driver that, one, obviously supports the new card and, two, also rolls in a bunch of optimizations for DirectX 12 titles. The graphics vendor already announced the initiative at last week’s GDC, but it is now released and available for public use. 378.78 is also “Game Ready” for Ghost Recon Wildlands, although that’s mostly for Ansel support; most of the optimizations for Wildlands were pushed into the previous driver.

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The advertised gains vary from title to title, but they claim that Rise of the Tomb Raider at 4K will jump from 20 FPS to 27 FPS. This can be viewed as either a frame rate gain of about 33%, or it can be seen as an average frame time savings of about 12ms each and every frame. If that’s what actual end-users will see -- that’s a lot!

They also note improvements in Vulkan support, too, but without any hard, numeric assertions.

If you have a GeForce 1050 Ti notebook, then this driver is also said to fix a potential bluescreen bug that you have been facing. You can pick it up from GeForce Experience or the NVIDIA website.

Source: NVIDIA

March 10, 2017 | 04:19 AM - Posted by JohnGR

If I understood it correctly, it is more a marketing lie than reality.

They don't compare with the last driver but with a much older driver, from the time each of those games came out.

They take typical optimizations over the period from a game's release until today - we are talking about periods of many months or over a year(for example The Division came out on 8 March 2016), and try to pass this as performance increase of this last driver.

So people wrongly think that Nvidia finally managed to create a special driver for DX12, when in fact there is nothing to see here. Just one more driver release with a bit of extra marketing lies to make it more spicy.

March 10, 2017 | 11:15 AM - Posted by Searching4Sasquatch (not verified)

Multiple sites are showing double-digit gains for Hitman and Doom Vulkan against the previous 378.66.

Multiple forum threads show signifciant gains as well.

https://www.reddit.com/r/nvidia/comments/5yfe3o/driver_37878_faqdiscussi...

Sorry AMD fanboy - you're wrong.

March 10, 2017 | 04:18 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

At 27 FPS I hope its Tomb Raider movie at 4k your watching because the game isn't playable.

March 10, 2017 | 11:52 AM - Posted by Daniel Masterson (not verified)

Thats IF you were running AT 20 frames. just tested out and saw a huge gain on my laptop 980m used to get about 48 to 50 frames now im getting an average of 56 on the benchmark. Thats pretty impressive.

March 10, 2017 | 05:45 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Should i install or wait few days for the next hotfix /s

March 10, 2017 | 08:22 AM - Posted by Daniel Meier (not verified)

I'm not sure if i'm just imagining things, but i feel like Wildlands runs worse with this new driver then the one before it.

March 10, 2017 | 10:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

On my 980 rise of the tomb raider runs 16 fps faster under dx11.

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