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Nvidia 378.78 driver delivers huge performance gains in DX12 games

March 10, 2017 — by Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh0

The Nvidia 378.78 driver is built to deliver the optimal gaming experience for Ghost Recon: Wildlands. But turbocharges several DirectX 12 games as well.

Nvidia and AMD always promise performance gains with the release of every new driver. We’re not saying they don’t deliver, we’re just saying they’re usually performance gains of a few percentage points. However, the new “Game Ready” Nvidia 378.78 driver doesn’t fall under that category. The Nvidia 378.78 driver is built to deliver the optimal gaming experience for Ghost Recon: Wildlands. But, in addition to that, it turbocharges several DirectX 12 games. And generously at that. Especially in the case of Rise of the Tomb Raider, which saw a 33 percent boost.

Nvidia 378.78 driver

Nvidia did say that it introduced a slew of DX12 optimizations with its latest driver. These optimization are specific to about half a dozen games, which are seeing an average performance improvement of 16 percent. That’s according to Nvidia’s internal benchmarks, which you can find below.

Nvidia 378.78 driver

The performance bumps from installing the new Nvidia 378.78 driver is double digits or almost at double digits for all of the games, except for the Division, which is at 4 percent. It’s modest compared to the rest, but it’s still an improvement nonetheless.

Nvidia has also added Ansel support to Ghost Recon: Wildlands for those interested in taking in-game screenshots. Games which support Ansel let you move the camera to any angle, apply filters, use super-resolution capture and capture footage at 360 degrees for VR viewing. For all the screenshot connoisseur’s out there.

Games other than Wildlands that support Ansel include Ark: Survival Evolved, Conan Exiles, Dishonored 2, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Obduction, Paragon, War Thunder, Watch Dogs 2, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and The Witness. Nvidia has plans to add Ansel support to more games as well, including the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda and MOBA shooter Lawbreakers.

And last but not least, the new driver comes with full support for the new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. You can download the new driver here.

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Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh

If he's not gaming, he's... no wait he's always gaming.

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