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Nvidia’s latest driver is all about boosting DirectX 12 performance

It looks like Nvidia is starting to focus on boosting its DirectX 12 performance as today's latest ‘Game Ready' driver includes a bunch of refinements intended to significantly boost GeForce performance in DX12 titles. This driver is the ‘Ghost Recon Wildlands' Game Ready driver but it packs in much much more than optimisations for Ubisoft's latest open-world adventure.

Nvidia has said that it has invested around 500 engineering year's worth of work to deliver a solid platform for DirectX 12 games and has already begun arming developers with the tools needed to further optimise performance on Nvidia GPUs going forward.

Specifically, this new driver optimises five DX12 games, bringing substantial games to each of them:

  • Ashes of the Singularity – 9%
  • Gears of War 4 – 10%
  • Hitman – 23%
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider – 33%
  • Tom Clancy's The Division– 4%

These gains were achieved by refining the code in the driver and working with each game developer to increase performance by an average of 16 percent across DirectX 12 games.

Finally, this driver also contains day-one support for Ghost Recon Wildlands, which will also include support for Ansel, Nvidia's 360-degree screenshot tool that can capture game stills at insanely high resolutions, well above 4K and even 8K.

KitGuru Says: It is good to see Nvidia putting some extra focus on improving DirectX 12 performance, especially since most PC games these days are shipping with it by default. 

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