NVIDIA Releases 387.92 WHQL Game Ready Driver: Fast Sync for SLIby Nate Oh on October 9, 2017 8:00 PM EST
Ahead of tomorrow’s launch of Middle-earth: Shadow of War, today NVIDIA has released driver version 387.92, featuring support for four Game Ready titles: Middle-earth: Shadow of War, The Evil Within 2, Forza Motorsport 7, and ARKTIKA.1 (VR). This release also introduces the new 387 driver branch, bringing along feature updates such as Fast Sync under SLI and OpenGL 4.6. Several bugs were also addressed, making 387.92 a rather extensive update.
For Shadow of War, the driver brings Ansel and SLI support. As a reminder, until October 16th select GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti cards will come with a copy of the game as a bundle.
As far as the new features go, 387.92 adds Fast Sync support for SLI, with some caveats. Introduced with Pascal in 2016, Fast Sync is a v-sync mode roughly analogous to triple buffering, aimed at mitigating the high latency of traditional v-sync. For 387.92, Fast Sync under SLI is only available for bridged Maxwell GPU configurations at resolutions less than 4K, and bridged Pascal and later GPU configurations at any resolution.
The 387 branch also sees NVIDIA GameStream support for HDR under Windows 10. However, NVIDIA does note a relevant open issue: on notebooks using hybrid graphics, where the discrete GPU drives the primary display, there is graphical corruption before a streaming game goes into full-screen.
In addition, the 387 branch brings OpenGL 4.6 support, as well as DirectX Intermediate Language (DXIL) support for Kepler and later GPUs, which includes full support for DX12 Shader Model 6.0. NVIDIA has also implemented improvement in full-screen Vulkan applications for 32-bit Windows swapchains.
For bug fixes in 387.92, NVIDIA has resolved the following issues:
- Low GPU usage for SLI configurations on X299 platforms, resulting in poor performance
- With Fast Sync enabled, moving the cursor causes twitching in full-screen YouTube videos
- Share FPS overlay appears in Discord
- HTC Vive VR view jumps at random times
- Custom resolutions in NVIDIA Control Panel are not preserved after updating driver
- For ASUS 4K displays, “Use NVIDIA Color Setting” in NVIDIA Control Panel is not saved after updating or rolling back driver
- Lines flash across the screen while booting into Windows
Wrapping things up, NVIDIA has also added or updated the following SLI profiles:
- Middle-earth: Shadow of War
- Nex Machina
- Snake Pass
- Tekken 7
- The Evil Within 2
- We Happy Few
The updated drivers are available through the GeForce Experience Drivers tab or online at the NVIDIA driver download page. More information on this update and further issues can be found in the 387.92 release notes.
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DanNeely - Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - linkcomputerbase.de has done a test similar to HardOCPs in that it's a gameplay sample (not the same gameplay though). They too had results with GTX 1080 and Vega 64 roughly equal.
They also tested the 1060 and 1080 with the newest driver. Both saw substantial speedups (17% for the 1080, 12% for the 1060) in average FPS - which put the 1080 comfortably ahead of the Vega 64. 99% percentile FPS was up 20% on both cards. Nvidia was farther behind on this with the old driver, but the new one has the 1080 tied with Vega 64 here too.
A second gameplay test showing the same thing suggests that the benchmark is non-representative in some way. (I really hope that's what it means anyway, since the alternative would be a return to trying to detect and cheat on benchmark runs. I so hope that sort of behavior is safely buried in the past.)
Ninjawithagun - Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - linkSLI is going the way of the dodo bird. I use a single Titan XP card and have no need for SLI anymore for gaming. Volta will provide even higher performance, which will all but eliminate the need for two graphics cards for the purposes of gaming with maybe the exception of uber configurations that have extremely high resolutions (i.e., 8K and beyond).
jfallen - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - linkDriver is junk. wont install. GTX980TI FE, i7-4770, win10-64. no overclocks. 385.41 is stable. have reported to Nvidia.