Nvidia driver update boosts DX12 performance by up to 24%

Nvidia's latest driver update for its various ranges of graphics card has a big update for the way it handles DirectX12. With a collection of new shader compilation optimizations, improved ReBAR support in certain games, and a reduction in CPU overhead, the drivers are able to boost RTX GPU performance by up to 24% in some games. Although this performance gain is mostly seen in the top-tier cards, even mid-range GPUs get some love, with the RTX 3060 claiming up to 7% higher frame rates following the update.

This new driver is the Game Ready release for the RTX 4090, so a big focus has been placed on that, but the RTX 3000 cards will close that performance gap a little with this improvement. The games that see a boost of at worst, 5%, and at best, 24%, include:

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: up to 24%
Battlefield 2042: up to 7%
Borderlands 3: Up to 8%
Call of Duty: Vanguard: up to 12%
Control: up to 6%
Cyberpunk 2077: up to 20%
F1Ⓡ 22: up to 17%
Far Cry 6: up to 5%
Forza Horizon 5: up to 8%
Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition: up to 8%
Red Dead Redemption 2: up to 7%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: up to 5%
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: up to 5%
Watch Dogs: Legion: up to 9%

The improvements are dependent on resolution, too, so your performance results may not quite line up with these, but there are plenty of improvements to be had, whatever RTX GPU you have. Just download the latest driver to see if you get a nice boost for free.

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