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Nvidia debuts WHQL Windows 10 driver and Witcher 3 driver

by Ryan Martin on 18 May 2015, 16:20

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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It has been a busy few days for Nvidia as the company has released two new driver packages for users of its graphics products. Up first the company released the GeForce 352.84 WHQL driver intended for Windows 10 users. This driver offers full compliance with version 2.0 of the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) that ships with Windows 10, the previous most recent version was WDDM 1.3 for Windows 8.1. WDDM 2.0 is an essential component of the upcoming DirectX 12 API which helps to reduce API overhead in graphics applications to improve overall gaming performance.

The new GeForce 352.84 WHQL driver is available for Nvidia's mobile and desktop GPU products. On the desktop side the GeForce GTX 600, 700 and 900 Series GPUs are all supported while on the notebook side there is support for the 600M, 700M, 800M and 900M mobile GPUs.

Nvidia hasn't yet made available a Windows 10 driver for its Fermi architecture products but the company did pledge that this will be coming at a later date. At present there are no available games that support the DirectX 12 API but there have been an array of DX12 demonstrations to reveal the benefits of the new API at events like GDC and BUILD.

In related news Nvidia released another new driver for current versions of Windows - the 352.86 Game Ready WHQL driver which is immediately available for download from Nvidia's website, The new driver adds compatibility for Nvidia GPUs and enhances performance with upcoming title The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that is due to be released tomorrow, May 19th.

The new title will support Nvidia's Dynamic Super Resolution, GameStream, GeForce Experience, G-Sync, HairWorks, HBAO+, PhysX and SLI technologies. It was revealed back in early March that Nvidia would be bundling copies of the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with its GTX 900(M) series graphics products.



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So Witcher 3 performance on Win10 will suck?
directhex
So Witcher 3 performance on Win10 will suck?

The new title will support Nvidia's Dynamic Super Resolution, GameStream, GeForce Experience, G-Sync, HairWorks, HBAO+, PhysX and SLI technologies

Possibly with AMD cards…….or with all settings enabled.
And ‘bundled’ with various cards means ‘if we’re a tight retailer we'll only give you a code if you nag us' :p
directhex
So Witcher 3 performance on Win10 will suck?

It'll perform the same as it does on Win 8.1. The Witcher 3 graphics engine which is REDengine 3 doesn't include code that utilizes DX12 efficiencies although bits of the graphics engine may be reworked at a later date to accomodate some.
I'm brand agnostic when it comes to hardware, but really nvidia? the superstrong geforce 780 play wither 3 as good as half the price, radeon 280X and geforce 960?

wtf now, can someone explain this to me?
Doesn't nvidia want to give any future value to their cards? it feels that kepler cards doesn't get much driver love anymore, I feel sorry for a friend who gave a good amount of money to get the 780 last year.