NVIDIAâs 361.43 WHQL driver For Windows 10: What You Need to Know
NVIDIA has released a new Game Ready driver for Windows 10 users, version 361.43 WHQL, that promises to deliver the ultimate VR gaming experience. The driver includes the latest GameWorks VR tweaks, bug fixes, and optimizations, as well as support for GameWorks VR 1.1, which features VR SLI support for OpenGL applications and support for the latest Oculus SDK.
VR SLI enables two or more GPUs to work together to render a single VR scene, improving performance and image quality. The latest Oculus SDK, version 0.8, includes several improvements and bug fixes for VR developers and users, such as better compatibility with Windows 10, reduced latency, and enhanced stability.
The new driver also supports a wide range of NVIDIA GPUs, from the GeForce 400 series to the GeForce 900 series, as well as some notebook GPUs. However, NVIDIA recommends that you check with your notebook OEM about recommended software updates for your specific notebook model.
You can download the new driver from here for Windows 10 64-bit systems, or from here for Windows 10 32-bit systems. For more information about the driver and its release notes, you can visit this page.
The new driver also brings some benefits for non-VR gamers, such as improved performance and stability for some games that use DirectX 11 or OpenGL. The driver also adds or updates SLI profiles for several games, such as DayZ, Dungeon Defenders 2, Elite Dangerous (64-bit executable), Hard West (DirectX 11 renderer), and Bless.
Some of the bug fixes included in the new driver are: a crash issue with Assassin's Creed Syndicate on GeForce GTX 980 Ti, a flickering issue with Star Wars Battlefront on SLI configurations, a corruption issue with Fallout 4 on GeForce GTX 980 Ti, and a black screen issue with Call of Duty: Black Ops III on notebooks with Optimus technology.
As always, it is recommended that you backup your current system configuration before installing the new driver. You can also use the NVIDIA GeForce Experience software to automatically check for updates and optimize your games settings. For more details about the new driver and its features, you can check out the official NVIDIA blog post here.
If you are wondering how the new driver performs in various games, you can check out some of the reviews and benchmarks from different sources. For example, TechPowerUp has tested the driver on a GeForce GTX 980 Ti and compared it with the previous version 359.06 WHQL. The results show that the new driver offers a slight improvement in some games, such as Assassin's Creed Syndicate and Just Cause 3, while maintaining similar performance in others, such as Fallout 4 and Star Wars Battlefront.
Neowin has also reviewed the driver on a GeForce GTX 970 and found that it works well with Windows 10, without any major issues or crashes. The reviewer also noted that the driver installation was smooth and fast, and that the NVIDIA Control Panel and GeForce Experience software were updated to their latest versions.
However, not everyone is happy with the new driver. Some users have reported various problems, such as high CPU usage, desktop lag, black screens, and BSODs. If you encounter any of these issues, you can try to uninstall and reinstall the driver, or use a tool like Display Driver Uninstaller to remove any leftover files. You can also submit a bug report to NVIDIA or post your feedback on their forums.