Nvidia 460.89 WHQL driver lands with Vulkan Ray Tracing extensions support

Matching the new Quake II RTX v1.4.0 update release, Nvidia has pushed out a graphics driver with support for the new Vulkan Ray Tracing extensions that the game now supports. The driver is light on other features, but it does include CUDA 11.2 support as well.

Thanks to Khronos Group's new cross-vendor ray tracing extensions for the Vulkan graphics API, games that utilize the feature - like Quake II RTX - will support ray tracing on graphics cards from any company, regardless of whether they are Nvidia, AMD, or Intel-made. Vulkan Ray Tracing support was also officially brought to AMD GPUs via a driver update a short while ago.

Unfortunately, there aren't any bug fixes included in this driver, so below are the known issues that have only grown since the Cyberpunk 2077-focused 460.79 Game Ready driver's release from earlier this month.

  • [Nicehash, other mining software]: Mining software does not recognize the NVIDIA GPU. [3200758]
  • [GeForce GTX 1080 Ti]: The desktop screen may flicker. [3200599]
  • [Steam VR game]: Stuttering and lagging occur upon launching a game. [3152190]
  • [HDR]: With HDR enabled, black levels are incorrect. [200682795]
  • [G-SYNC][NVIDIA Ampere GPU architecture]: GPU power consumption may increase in idle mode on systems using certain higher refresh-rate G-SYNC monitors. [200667566]
  • [YouTube]: Video playback stutters while scrolling down the YouTube page. [3129705]
  • [Notebook]: Some Pascal-based notebooks w/ high refresh rate displays may randomly drop to 60Hz during gameplay. [3009452]
  • [G-Sync][Vulkan Apps]: Performance drop occurs when using G-SYNC and switching from full-screen mode to windowed mode using the in-game settings. [200681477]
  • To workaround, either launch the game in windowed mode directly or disable G-SYNC.
  • [GeForce RTX 3070][Clone Mode]: When the resolution is set to 2560x1440 @ 144Hz, the performance state is stuck at maximum performance. [200678414]
  • [NVIDIA Turing or later][Windows Movies and TV Player]: When playing a 4k video in fullscreen mode on a 2560x1440 HDR monitor, the video extends beyond the edge of the screen. [3186830]

The 460.89 WHQL-certified Game Ready driver is now available through the GeForce Experience app and the links listed below. The official release notes are here.

Desktop GPUs:
Download: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 | Windows 10 – Standard / DCH

Notebook GPUs:
Download: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 | Windows 10 - Standard / DCH

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