The second graphics driver update of the year from Nvidia has landed. Unlike the previous one that only carried security updates and a few bug fixes, the WHQL-certified 461.40 Game Ready driver carries support for Nvidia's new line of GeForce RTX 30 series laptop GPUs as well as the upcoming title The Medium.
Owners of new laptops with RTX 3080, RTX 3070, and RTX 3060 series GPUs are recommended to install this driver. These new GPUs deliver massive performance increases over the RTX 20 series according to Nvidia, promising up to 50% better frame rates.
Meanwhile, Bloober Team's horror game The Medium is slated to land on January 28, and thanks to Nvidia's support, the game is coming with ray tracing and DLSS technologies.
Here are all the bug fixes listed for this release, which also includes the much-awaited SteamVR stutter fix:
- [X4: Foundations][Vulkan]: The game may crash on GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs. 
- [X4: Foundations][Vulkan]: HUD in the game is broken. 
- [Resident Evil 2 Remake/Devil May Cry V] Games which used the RE2 engine may crash in DirectX 11 mode 
- [DaVinci Resolve]: Error 707, application crash, or application instability may occur. 
- [Adobe Premiere Pro]: The application may freeze when using Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (CUDA). [3230997/200686504]
- [Zoom][NVENC]: Webcam video image colors on the receiving end of Zoom may appear incorrect. 
- [Detroit: Become Human]: The game randomly crashes. 
- [Steam VR game]: Stuttering and lagging occur upon launching a game (without running running any GPU hardware monitoring tool in the background) 
- [Assassin's Creed Valhalla]: The game may randomly crash after extended gameplay 
- NVIDIA Broadcast Camera filter may hang. 
- [Zoom]: Chrome browser flickers with Zoom app. 
- [G-SYNC][Surround][RTX 30 series] PC may restart when enabling NVIDIA Surround with GSYNC enabled on RTX 30 series GPUs. 
The known issues are as follows:
- [World of Warcraft: Shadowlands]: Random flicker may occur in certain locations in the game 
- [Supreme Commander/Supreme Commander 2]: The games experience low FPS. 
- Wallpaper Engine app may crash on startup or upon resume from sleep. 
- [Batman Arkham Knight]: The game crashes when turbulence smoke is enabled. 
- [Steam VR game]: Stuttering and lagging occur upon launching a game while any GPU hardware monitoring tool is running in the background. 
- [G-SYNC][NVIDIA Ampere/Turing GPU architecture]: GPU power consumption may increase in idle mode on systems using certain higher refresh-rate G-SYNC monitors. 
- [YouTube]: Video playback stutters while scrolling down the YouTube page. 
- [Notebook]: Some Pascal-based notebooks w/ high refresh rate displays may randomly drop to 60Hz during gameplay. 
- [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. 
- To workaround, either launch the game in windowed mode directly or disable G-SYNC.
A number of gaming monitors have received G-Sync compatibility validation as well, with the XB253Q GP, XB273GZ, and XV272S from Acer, the Asus VG279QR, the Lenovo G27Q-20 and MSI G273Q, as well as the Philips MAG251RX now gaining support.
The 461.40 WHQL Game Ready driver can be downloaded through Nvidia's GeForce Experience app or the links listed below. The release notes for this release can be seen here.