NVIDIA has released a brand new driver for its graphics cards. According to the release notes, the NVIDIA GeForce 436.02 WHQL driver improves performance by up to 23% in popular games. Furthermore, this Gamescom 2019 driver adds New Ultra-Low Latency, Integer Scaling and Image Sharpening.
Going into more details, NVIDIA claims that most of the performance improvements come for 1080p and 1440p. My guess is that the green team was able to further optimize its driver for some newer games. At 4K, the performance improvements are minimal. Therefore, these performance improvements should, theoretically benefit even those with weaker CPU/systems.
Some of the games that see better performance with these new drivers are: Apex Legends, Battlefield V, Forza Horizon 4, Strange Brigade and World War Z.
In addition, NVIDIA has introduced a new Ultra-Low Latency mode. This mode enables ‘just in time’ frame scheduling, submitting frames to be rendered just before the GPU needs them. This further reduces latency by up to 33%.
This new mode is available in beta with support for all GPUs in DX9 and DX11 games. In DX12 and Vulkan titles, the game decides when to queue the frame.
NVIDIA has also added an image scaling mode called Integer Scaling. This scaling mode will be ideal for upscaling your games to a higher resolution. Only the Turing GPUs currently support Integer Scaling.
Last but not least, NVIDIA has updated its Sharpen Freestyle filter with improved image quality and performance. This is obviously a direct response to AMD’s Sharpen Filter, though those using Reshade may not really need it (unless of course they want to enhance their Vulkan or DX12 games).
All in all, this driver appears to be really solid, and you can download it from here.