Monday, September 28th 2020

NVIDIA Releases Game Ready 456.55 WHQL Driver With Improved Stability of RTX 3000 Series Cards, Support for Star Wars: Squadrons

NVIDIA has today released the latest iteration of its Game Ready driver with the version number 456.55. Marked as a WHQL release, the driver is supposedly going to bring new advancements to the stability of the latest GeForce RTX 3000 series Ampere graphics cards. While the release notes don't officially mention anything on how it improves, it is already confirmed by a few Redditors that the new driver removes crashed experienced with the past version 456.38. In the latest revision, the support has been added for NVIDIA Reflex in Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, as well as support for Star Wars: Squadrons game. Below is the link to the driver download page redirecting to NVIDIA's site, and in no time the TechPowerUp download page will be updated as well.
DOWNLOAD:NVIDIA GeForce 456.55 WHQL Game Ready Drivers

The change-log follows:

Game Ready Driver Fixes
  • [Omniverse 2020.2.4496]: Corruption occurs after switching from RTX Real-Time to RTX PathTraced renderer. [200649160]
  • [Vulkan games]: The GeForce Experience> Performance > Render Latency setting sometimes sticks at 0 on Vulkan games. [3129618]
  • Multiple G-SYNC Compatible monitors were removed from the G-SYNC Compatible list in the driver. [3130059]
  • There is a slight increase in the Windows Event Log CPU utilization. [200659659]
  • NVIDIA Container service may crash upon resume from system sleep /hibernate mode. [200658281]
  • [Notebook]: Performance Power Mode cannot be set from the NVIDIA Control Panel. [200657525]
Game Ready Driver Important Open Issues
  • Windows 7 Only [Notebook][H-Clone]: With the integrated graphics processor as the clone source, display settings cannot be changed from the NVIDIA Control Panel. [200594188]
  • Windows 10 Only [World of Warcraft Shadowlands]: When run at frame rates greater than 60 FPS with high display settings, moving characters display minute twitching/stuttering. [200647563]
  • Windows 10 Only [Sunset Overdrive]: The game may display random green corruption if Depth of Field is enabled from in-game settings. [2750770]
  • Windows 10 Only [Call of Duty - Warzone]: Freestyle does not work. (200593020)
  • Windows 10 Only [Forza Motorsport 7]: The curb may display a black strip during a race on certain tracks. [2781776]
  • Windows 10 Only [Fortnite]: Blue-screen crash occurs pointing to nvlddmkm.sys when playing the game at 4K resolution. [200645328] To work around, set the resolution to lower than 4k.
  • Windows 10 Only [Zombie Army: Dead War 4][Ansel/Freestyle]: The Ansel & Freestyle tabs are unselectable. [2810884] You may encounter issues installing the NVIDIA Control Panel from the Windows Store. See "Issues Installing the NVIDIA Control Panel from the Windows Store" on page 21 for more information.
  • Windows 10 Only [YouTube]: Video playback stutters while scrolling down the YouTube page. [3129705]
  • Windows 10 Only [G-SYNC]: With G-SYNC enabled on some Freesync displays, half of the screen goes black. [3133895]
  • Windows 10 Only [GeForce RTX 3080/3090]: Samsung G9 49" display goes black at 240 Hz. [3129363]
  • Windows 10 Only [Notebook][H-Clone]: With the integrated graphics processor as the clone source, display settings cannot be changed from the NVIDIA Control Panel. [200594188]
  • Windows 10 Only [Notebook]: Some Pascal-based notebooks w/ high refresh rate displays may randomly drop to 60Hz during gameplay. [3009452]
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36 Comments on NVIDIA Releases Game Ready 456.55 WHQL Driver With Improved Stability of RTX 3000 Series Cards, Support for Star Wars: Squadrons

#1
Cheeseball
Not a Potato
Looks like a lot of good reports in r/nvidia for this driver. :clap:

Reminds me of the September 10.9.x driver for my reference RX 5700 XT where RTG fixed the majority (not all) of TDR and black screen issues.
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#2
MxPhenom 216
ASIC Engineer
First comment the reddit page. Thats a 10% increase from a single driver update.
OMG thank you for this RTX 3080 Gigabyte Gaming OC owner here and NO CRASHES AT STOCK anymore for now, the clock speeds are locked between 1980mhz and 1965mhz AND i gained better performance on SOTR 1440p Maxed out with DLSS and Ray tracing.

456.38 Driver : 84 FPS

456.55 Driver : 93 FPS
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EDIT: Sounds like this driver refined the boosting a bit for the 3080 keep the card closer or under 2GHZ. Some are still seeing boosts over 2GHZ and no crashing where as before it did. These people with cards that boost that high might be a good bin as well.

[MEDIA=imgur]a/GiZEMfj[/MEDIA]
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#3
EarthDog
Love to see it! Wondering if the caps weren't really the issue here... good to see that at least some people are seeing a positive response AND it isn't taking away performance.

Let's hope we see this fade to MEH quicker than the black screen issues that still plague AMD cards. :)
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#4
Chomiq
In before "LOL Nvidia just gimped its super duper GPUs".
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#5
MxPhenom 216
ASIC Engineer
EarthDog
Love to see it! Wondering if the caps weren't really the issue here... good to see that at least some people are seeing a positive response AND it isn't taking away performance.

Let's hope we see this fade to MEH quicker than the black screen issues that still plague AMD cards. :)
I bet JayZTwoCentz is freaking out right now. He made a video instantly talking about how its a board component issue. I sat back thinking a driver would come soon and this would all mostly be fixed.
Chomiq
In before "LOL Nvidia just gimped its super duper GPUs".
Just seems like a boost algorithm refinement. Some people are reporting slightly lower clocks, or the same, but no crashes. No reduction in performance for either camp too.
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#6
EarthDog
MxPhenom 216
I bet JayZTwoCentz is freaking out right now. He made a video instantly talking about how its a board component issue. I sat back thinking a driver would come soon and this would all mostly be fixed.



Just seems like a boost algorithm refinement. Some people are reporting slightly lower clocks, or the same, but no crashes. No reduction in performance for either camp too.
I'll hold judgment RE: if this is an actual fix or not... but the initial response seems positive so far. :)
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#7
fynxer
PLZ! RETEST 3080 IN YOUR REVIEWS, compare performance and verify they did not cut down boost and removed performance to fix the problem.
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#8
MxPhenom 216
ASIC Engineer
fynxer
RETEST YOUR 3080 REVIEW to verify they did not remove performance to fix.
Check Reddit. Some are reporting better performance in some titles while also reporting slightly lower average clocks.
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#9
bubbleawsome
Wonder if they just upped the voltage tables.
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#10
dragontamer5788
bubbleawsome
Wonder if they just upped the voltage tables.
IF that's what they did, it'd almost definitely prove the "capacitor theory" wrong.

Drawing more power to fix stability issues is certainly a valid strategy. But only if your power-delivery (ie: capacitors) are good enough to handle it.
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#11
MxPhenom 216
ASIC Engineer
dragontamer5788
IF that's what they did, it'd almost definitely prove the "capacitor theory" wrong.

Drawing more power to fix stability issues is certainly a valid strategy. But only if your power-delivery (ie: capacitors) are good enough to handle it.
I think they might have actually done the opposite. Voltage probably stayed the same, the boost curve has changed though.
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#12
dragontamer5788
fynxer
PLZ! RETEST 3080 IN YOUR REVIEWS, compare performance and verify they did not cut down boost and removed performance to fix the problem.
I don't think a complete retest is necessary.

Just a "diff" review, maybe 3 or 4 games that were clearly GPU-limited, would be sufficient to see if there's been a major performance change.
MxPhenom 216
I think they might have actually done the opposite. Voltage probably stayed the same, the boost curve has changed though.
Hmm, I guess that's valid. Undervolting (the boost-curve at least) to reduce the amount of power drawn from capacitors would lighten the load.
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#13
thesmokingman
EarthDog
Love to see it! Wondering if the caps weren't really the issue here... good to see that at least some people are seeing a positive response AND it isn't taking away performance.

Let's hope we see this fade to MEH quicker than the black screen issues that still plague AMD cards. :)
If the component choice wasn't the issue, I wonder why so many AIBs have said so?

www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/nvidia-aib-partners-clarify-rtx-3080-3090-crash-to-desktop-issues-capacitor-choices.272676/
EVGA
Recently there has been some discussion about the EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 series.

During our mass production QC testing we discovered a full 6 POSCAP solution cannot pass the real world applications testing. It took almost a week of R&D effort to find the cause and reduce the POSCAPs to 4 and add 20 MLCC caps prior to shipping production boards, this is why the EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 series was delayed at launch. There were no 6 POSCAP production EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 boards shipped.
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#15
thesmokingman
EarthDog
..but if component choice IS the issue, why are users reporting a fix with drivers? Some may just be teetering on the edge of stability.

It can be both.... :)
Clearly they worked their magic on the drivers to reduce the problems with whatever cap layout. That was the whole point of pushing this driver out. However it doesn't change the fact that this release is buggered with hardware issues. Driver band-aid check.
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#16
xkm1948
I think I read somewhere that aggressive core MHz ramping up/down will cause that problem. So bringing down the acceleration of clock ramping would solve this problem of instability.
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#17
John Naylor
MxPhenom 216
I bet JayZTwoCentz is freaking out right now. He made a video instantly talking about how its a board component issue. I sat back thinking a driver would come soon and this would all mostly be fixed.
Even at a virtual 2 cents, Jay is grossly overcharging. How can ya put any faith a guy who drills holes thru a MpBo to mount a cooler, cutting thru circuit traces destroying and destroying a $400 board, ? No reasonable person would believe anything he says.

Still can't stop shaking my head about the "rush to judgement" and turning a blind eye to facts, in a the space, where ... one would think, logic would prevail ....

1. First we have the rush to purchase the new shiny thing when anyone with a few forum visits under their belt knows, something like this happens at every launch. Ya wanna be the first, be prepared to bleed a bit.
2, Then there's the knee-jerk complaint about overpriced junk from purchasers who made the decision to buy it in the first place, knowing the above and ignoring the fact that nvidia's top consumer oriented card has averaged $700, when adjusted for inflation, for 20 years now.
3. The fanboi pouncing that occurs in response to every negative article. So called CPU "vulnerabilities" published by obscure testing labs are used to pounce on the other brand and claim superiority despite the fact that no PC user has every suffered any negative impact from the vulnerability ... ever.
4. Next will come the face saving argument that usually follows ... tho this one is going to be tough. The driver patch for the 6 pin 480 was necessary and the fix decreased performance. This patch has apparently solved the problem, but it significantly ***increased performance*** . Hard to argue a downside when there's no apparent negative impact / performance hit,
5. That doesn't mean increased performance isn't there ..... if this cap thing is real, in the sense that it is "potentilally" performance limiting, we will likely see revised designs ... just like we always do. This gen, we say very small manual adjustment on the power limiter. Will new cap designs allow extra performance. ? Was the current design a "price target" thing whereby component selection was guided by a goal to stay within the 20 year average historical price target ? Will we see more robust designs in premier designs like the Lightning and Matrix series or will they also appear in the normal consumer space ?
thesmokingman
If the component choice wasn't the issue, I wonder why so many AIBs have said so?
When 1/3 of the heat sink missed the GPU .... EVGAs response was "we designed it that way intentionally". ... yet they soon had a new design out that corrected it. Corporate damage control in high gear.
thesmokingman
Clearly they worked their magic on the drivers to reduce the problems with whatever cap layout. That was the whole point of pushing this driver out. However it doesn't change the fact that this release is buggered with hardware issues. Driver band-aid check.
Almost every new generation release is buggered w/ hardware and driver issues. Remember the 6 pin 480 ? There was an immediate patch, the result of which decreased performance. Perfectly understandable for peeps to be disappointed not getting the performance they thought they were getting. After that, all we saw pretty much were 8 pin cards.

Is that what happened here ? Nope, the updated drive increased performance... substantially ... so what's to complain about ? Buggered with hardware issues ? Can you name them ?

I have no doubt that more issues will arise, they always do with 1st stepping components. Some vendors historically have more than others. Those who wait for them to be discovered and addressed get to skip the Buyers Remorse phase.

The one that has surfaced so far appears to have been addresses.
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#18
kiriakost
EarthDog
..but if component choice IS the issue, why are users reporting a fix with drivers? Some may just be teetering on the edge of stability.

It can be both.... :)
Everything is relative to the purchase price of the card.
The ones paid over a 1000 Euros they have different expectations and such a temporarily patch, this will not be accepted.
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#19
SLK
John Naylor
Even at a virtual 2 cents, Jay is grossly overcharging. How can ya put any faith a guy who drills holes thru a MpBo to mount a cooler, cutting thru curcuit traces destroying and destroying a $400 board, ? He's the Tucker Carlson of the Tech industry; Carlson just had a libel / slander case dismissed because judge said basically that Carlon is so out there, no reasonable person would belive anything he says.
He is a comedian, not a tech expert. His tech knowledge is no better than the average tech enthusiast on the web.
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#20
EarthDog
thesmokingman
Clearly they worked their magic on the drivers to reduce the problems with whatever cap layout. That was the whole point of pushing this driver out. However it doesn't change the fact that this release is buggered with hardware issues. Driver band-aid check.
Weird how that works, ehh?
Everything is relative to the purchase price of the card.
The ones paid over a 1000 Euros they have different expectations and such a temporarily patch, this will not be accepted.
...and the straw that broke the camel's back... can't stand this pompous ESL drivel.
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#21
kiriakost
EarthDog
...and the straw that broke the camel's back... can't stand this pompous ESL drivel.
I am not a rich boy and I can hardly translate this as part of the solution.
From a Pie in the oven which you no one will offer you a piece, you better not worry if this going to be overcooked.
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#22
KainXS
It looks like it was the boost tables they changed and its good to see this might be an easy fix.
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#23
John Naylor
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kiriakost
Everything is relative to the purchase price of the card.
The ones paid over a 1000 Euros they have different expectations and such a temporarily patch, this will not be accepted.
a) Who came to their house and twisted their arm to pay a ridiculous price to be the 1st one on the block to have the new thing ?
b) How many issue free new generation releases have their been in recent years ? AMD has stability issues, black screen issues, inadequate power connectivity on the 480 ... some vendors have had a harder time than others ... EVGAs 9xx fail where heart sink missed GPU ... their 10xx fail where the left out the thermal pads ... their use of non overclokcing (non A) series GPUs in 2xxx.

This has less to do with price gouging and everything to do with turning a blind eye to reality. Their expectation should be that if they want to escape buyer's remorse, wait for prices to stabilize and wait for early release problems to be corrected.
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#24
nguyen
dang, so no one in this forum actually have a 3080/3090 on hand that can test the new driver ?
Yeah Ampere stocks is definitely on the low side :D
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#25
CrAsHnBuRnXp
AleksandarK
  • Multiple G-SYNC Compatible monitors were removed from the G-SYNC Compatible list in the driver. [3130059]

Why?
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