Monday, November 28th 2016

NVIDIA Releases the GeForce 376.09 WHQL Drivers

NVIDIA today released its latest GeForce "Game Ready" drivers. Version 376.09 WHQL comes game-ready for "Watch_Dogs 2," the week's big AAA open-world third-person RPG by Ubisoft. This includes game-optimization, GeForce Experience optimal settings, and SLI support (if the game supports it). The company is also running a promotion, in which it's giving away UPlay keys to the game with purchases of new GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, and notebooks with factory-fitted GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile and GTX 1070 Mobile graphics. Grab the drivers from the links below.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 376.09 WHQL for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 10 32-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 64-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 32-bit
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14 Comments on NVIDIA Releases the GeForce 376.09 WHQL Drivers

#1
Prima.Vera
Seriously, what's wrong with those companies, always releasing a full driver package of hundreds of MB, for just 1 single game...???
And if you lucky, driver borks other games.
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#2
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Prima.Vera, post: 3561536, member: 98685"
Seriously, what's wrong with those companies, always releasing a full driver package of hundreds of MB, for just 1 single game...???
And if you lucky, driver borks other games.
And I can attest I have never used a "Game Ready" driver for a particular release, and I have always been just fine. In fact, it seems frequently with new release games that many have performance problems, but I never do. Perhaps it is due to NOT using these "optimized" drivers that release seemingly every week?

Just find a stable driver and stick with it. You'll find even new games run great!
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#3
P4-630
The Way It's Meant to be Played
Can't find the release notes of this driver at nvidia....:(
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#4
Cybrnook2002
P4-630, post: 3561543, member: 22154"
Can't find the release notes of this driver at nvidia....:(
Also looking for those. I found the link to them, but it's "file not found".
us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/376.09/376.09-win10-win8-win7-desktop-release-notes.pdf

removing the "us." and drilling back to "download.nvidia.com/Windows" brings me to their download site. Still nothing there.....

Won't install until I see what was fixed.
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#5
dozenfury
I'll give these a few days. Nvidia's last few drivers have been a hot mess. Nearly every one has had to have a hotfix released a couple days later. Nice to see them on top of the game releases though.
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#7
OneCool
Oh lord. What's this going to break!!:nutkick:
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#8
RejZoR
Prima.Vera, post: 3561536, member: 98685"
Seriously, what's wrong with those companies, always releasing a full driver package of hundreds of MB, for just 1 single game...???
And if you lucky, driver borks other games.
It's almost like they have never ever heard of delta patching... Or separating game profiles as an auto update function, allowing them to push game specific profiles, fixes and SLi profiles in matter of few kilobytes in size, delivering them faster while saving terabytes of bandwidth on their servers.

I mean, current driver is 376 MB in size. They (all graphic card makers) sold 44 million discrete graphic cards in total in 2015. Lets say 50% are NVIDIA. That's 22 million graphic cards. Lets say only half of these people update their drivers regularly. That's 11 million users. 11.000.000 x 376 MB = 4.136.000.000 MB = 4.136 TB = 4,136 PB PETABYTES! of traffic required to deliver the drivers to end users on every driver release.

With delta patching, every driver update could be like 50MB at most and I'm being very generous here, assuming they wouldn't even bother going to depths of delta patching individual files, just individual files inside driver package, only updating those that change, even if downloading them whole. You can do the math from here on. I'm assuming bandwidth they have to deal with is so cheap for them, they can't even be bothered. But frankly, it's very inefficient way to deliver stuff to users, especially those that don't have super fast connections. I mean, I live in 1st world country, I have all the fancy goods at my disposal and yet 20Mbit optical line is the peak luxury I can even get at my location at the ISP I'm currently with. I could go with national one which sucks because they are scamming greedy bastards. Bottom line, it's still fast for me and I don't care, but there are people with far slower lines and those aren't too keen to big ass drivers where only 1/10th of it is actually new content. The rest is just same files users already have...
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#9
ppn
r member when the driver was 29.5 MB. That time is never coming back.. Now is 295 MB + 600 MB stuff uncompressed.
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#10
Slizzo
OneCool, post: 3561628, member: 20830"
Oh lord. What's this going to break!!:nutkick:
Apparently they fixed the downclocking issue again with those that have 144Hz monitors paired with 60Hz monitors. I'll be confirming this tonight.

Also, scuttle butt is to change from Optimal power setting to Adaptive.
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#11
hv43082
What about the screen flicker issue with SLI profile for BF1? Or this is strictly due to EA's last update?
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#12
R-T-B
Just installed today. So far, seems fine to me.
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#13
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Once again installed with wild abandon. :D
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#14
Slizzo
Slizzo, post: 3561730, member: 97498"
Apparently they fixed the downclocking issue again with those that have 144Hz monitors paired with 60Hz monitors. I'll be confirming this tonight.

Also, scuttle butt is to change from Optimal power setting to Adaptive.
I can confirm, card returns to idle clocks as it should.
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