Nvidia 471.11 WHQL driver brings support for Doom Eternal ray tracing and more

RTX enabled Doom Eternal

Nvidia's latest driver release is primarily focused on bringing technologies like ray tracing and DLSS support to even more games including Doom Eternal, Rust, LEGO Builder’s Journey, and Escape From Tarkov, but there are some other features attached too. The WHQL-certified 471.11 Game Ready driver also has support for the Windows 10 May 2021 Update, and comes recommended for anyone picking up EA's upcoming racer F1 2021.

The Doom Eternal update carrying ray tracing capabilities alongside Nvidia DLSS for added performance will be landing on June 29. Meanwhile, Escape From Tarkov will be seeing Nvidia Reflex being implemented soon for reduced system latency. LEGO Builder’s Journey launches with ray-traced effects and DLSS later today on Steam.

Rust already received Reflex support in a previous update, and on July 1, DLSS will be enabled as the latest Nvidia technology to reach it. DLSS support has also reached games running the Vulkan API on Linux via Proton, with DirectX support planned to arrive this fall.

Nvidia DLSS comes to Proton

The GeForce Experience app has undergone some overhauls as well according to the company, improving the "FPS Counter, One-Click Automatic GPU Tuning, Freestyle filters, and HDR Screenshot Capture features." Lastly, the G-Sync compatible displays list has increased by four monitors with the driver, bringing support for the AOC AG274US4R6B and AG254FWG8R4, the ASUS VG28UQL1A, and the LG 32GN650/32GN63T.

Below are the bug fixes included in this release, and VR fans should be happy to see that the longstanding stuttering problem seems to have finally been tracked down:

  • [World of Warcraft: Shadowlands]: Random flicker may occur in certain locations in the game [3206341]
  • [SLI][GeForce GTX 980M]: The system locks with a black screen upon booting into Windows. no repro with 457.51. [3266090]
  • [Surround][GeForce RTX 3090]: With Surround active, setting Bezel Correction disables Surround. [3286449]
  • [Crossfire][GeForce Experience][FreeStyle]: Freestyle might not work on Crossfire after the game is updated. [200736765]
  • [HDR]: Some specific HDMI displays might show some flickering in HDR mode. [200729987]
  • [Steam VR game]: Stuttering and lagging occur upon launching a game while any GPU hardware monitoring tool is running in the background. [3152190]
  • [NVIDIA Ampere GPU]: Colors may appear incorrect in games if sharpen Freestyle filter is used with HDR enabled. [200658208]
  • Display may flicker or lose signal when launching a game on an adaptive-sync VRR monitor in multi-monitor configuration when sharing the same display mode [3314055]
  • DisplayPort monitor may not wake from sleep when connected in extended mode with an HDMI 2.1 display that is powered off. [3281998]

Here are the open issues to keep an eye out for:

  • [Batman Arkham Knight]: The game crashes when turbulence smoke is enabled. [3202250]
  • [YouTube]: Video playback stutters while scrolling down the YouTube page. [3129705]
  • DPC latency is higher when color mode is set to 8-bit color compared to 10-bit color. [3316424]

Keep in mind that come this October, Nvidia will be dropping support for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 as well as its classic Kepler architecture products — GTX 600 and 700 series.

The new 471.11 Game Ready driver is available for download on the GeForce Experience app and via the links below for standalone installations. The 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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