Nvidia has updated its WHQL graphics driver package for GeForce GTX users to version 331.82. The green team calls this an “essential update for all GeForce GTX users” and also informs us it is the “game ready driver” for Assassin's Creed IV and Need for Speed Rivals. Alongside this new WHQL driver release Nvidia has included GeForce Experience 1.7.1 which includes the “much anticipated” GeForce ShadowPlay (beta) game recording functionality.
The Nvidia GeForce 331.82 WHQL drivers contain several key updates which could be an essential to you depending upon the games you play. Nvidia will help you get the best gaming experience with new games including Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag and Need for Speed: Rivals with these drivers but also provides performance boosts in many other popular modern games. If you are a 4K gamer running an Nvidia SLI setup you can expect performance increases by as much as 50% in key titles like Metro: Last Light, Crysis 3, and Battlefield 4.
Examples of measured games improvements with the new WHQL drivers and GeForce GTX 770/780/TITAN/780Ti graphics cards are as follows:
- Up to 50% in Metro: Last Light
- Up to 26% in Crysis 3
- Up to 18% in Battlefield 4
Nvidia has also updated SLI profiles for Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag and Natural Selection with an update profile for Path of Exile. A ‘good’ 3D vision profile has also been created for Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag.
As mentioned in the intro, the latest version of the GeForce Experience is bundled with the new WHQL driver. Version 1.7.1 includes two important new features; GeForce ShadowPlay (beta) “a free, fast, easy-to-use, gameplay-recording module that allows you to record video of your gaming’s most exciting moments and share it so the whole world”, and Nvidia GameStream 1.0 for streaming your PC games to your SHIELD handheld console. This just-out-of-beta streaming function supports more routers and more games for a smoother higher quality experience with your SHIELD.
The GeForce Experience now also contains recommended optimal play setting for over 110 games with 20 games supported at 4K resolutions. Nvidia says all future game additions to the program will get such Ultra HD optimal settings.
Finally a more frivolous addition to the GeForce Experience is the GeForce GTX LED Visualizer which lets users control the brightness, flashing, and pattern displays on their LED-equipped NVIDIA GPUs and the SLI Bridge. Conveniently, just in time for Xmas.