Nvidia GeForce driver version 451.48 includes DirectX 12 Ultimate support

Nvidia has released a new version of its graphics drivers for Windows, bringing the version number up to 451.48. This release is significant, as it's the first one to add support for features in the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, which was released last month.

For starters, the new driver now supports DirectX 12 Ultimate, which Microsoft announced earlier this year. DirectX 12 Ultimate means that there's support for features such as DirectX Raytracing, variable Rate Shading, and more. The May 2020 Update also added support for hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling, and today's driver adds support for it, too, allowing the GPU to manage its own memory when enabled. Additionally, this is Nvidia's first driver to fully support Vulkan 1.2.

Version 451.48 of Nvidia's drivers also adds support for a handful of new G-Sync Compatible displays, including the recently-released Odyssey monitors from Samsung. Here's the list of new additions:

  • AOC AG273F1G8R3
  • Dell S2421HGF

  • Lenovo G24-10

  • LG 27GN950

  • LG 32GN50T/32GN500

  • Samsung 2020 Odyssey G9

  • Samsung 2020 Odyssey G7

This release also adds support for Nvidia's Optimal Playable Settings in 12 games, so the graphics settings will automatically adjust to deliver the best experience for your hardware. The feature is now supported in these titles:

  • Age of Empires III: Complete Collection
  • Command & Conquer Remastered Collection
  • Deadside
  • Gears Tactics
  • Mafia II: Definitive Edition
  • Monster Train
  • Outer Wilds
  • Roblox
  • Shop Titans
  • Streets of Rage 4
  • Total Tank Simulator

As usual, there's a handful of bug fixes in this release, too:

  • [Just Cause 2]: The game does not detect CUDA files which results in missing "GPU Water
  • Simulation" and "Bokeh Filter" settings. [2994570]
  • [Sea of Thieves]: Issues with game rendering occur. [200614095]
  • [Resident Evil 2 Remake]: The game may display random object and menu flickering.
  • [2997880]
  • [Devil May Cry 5]: The game may display random object flickering. [2997814]
  • [Divinity Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition]: The game experiences low performance when
  • hardware accelerated GPU scheduling is enabled. [3009631]
  • [Notebook]: Windows Mixed Reality headsets may display jitter when connected to the HDMI
  • port linked to the NVIDIA Optimus notebook integrated graphics. [2971312]
  • [G-SYNC]: G-SYNC does not work with DirectX 9 games if "Disable full screen optimizations"
  • is selected. [2969897]
  • Display brightness increases while enabling GPU scaling. [200612966]
  • NVIDIA HD Audio may disappear after display goes to sleep. [2807732]
  • The cursor turns into a grey rectangle when playing YouTube 4K HDR videos. [3009602]

Despite all of the fixes, though, the list of known issues in this version of the driver is fairly long, so you may want to be careful before installing it. Many of these issues are carrying over from the previous release.

Windows 7 Issues

  • [Notebook][H-Clone]: With the integrated graphics processor as the clone source, display settings cannot be changed from the NVIDIA Control Panel. [200594188]

Windows 10 Issues

  • [Sunset Overdrive]: The game may display random green corruption if Depth of Field is enabled from in-game settings. [2750770]
  • [VR}: HDCP errors occur with Valve Index VR. [2967616]
  • [Call of Duty: Modern Warfare]: Color banding can occur in the game after enabling Image Sharpening from the NVIDIA Control Panel. [2889337/3028436]
  • [Call of Duty - Warzone]: Freestyle does not work. (200593020)
  • [Forza Motorsport 7]: The curb may display a black strip during a race on certain tracks. [2781776]
  • [Zombie Army: Dead War 4][Ansel/Freestyle]: The Ansel & Freestyle tabs are unselectable. [2810884]
  • [Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege][Vulkan][G-SYNC]: When playing the game in Vulkan mode with G-SYNC enabled, flickering occurs after switching the game between full-screen and windowed mode.[200578641]
    To work around, either disable G-SYNC or play using an API other than Vulkan.
  • [SLI][G-SYNC]: With multi-GPU and G-SYNC enabled, TDRs occur soon after launching an application. [200628981]
  • [Notebook][The Witcher 3 WILD HUNT]: The game remains minimized when DDS switch is set to Optimus and Automatic, and cannot be restored to full screen. [200628973]
  • [Notebook][H-Clone]: With the integrated graphics processor as the clone source, display settings cannot be changed from the NVIDIA Control Panel. [200594188]
  • [Notebook]: Some Pascal-based notebooks w/ high refresh rate displays may randomly drop to 60Hz during gameplay. [3009452]
  • [Notebook][G-SYNC]: Graphical corruption occurs when windowed G-SYNC+V-Sync is On while running applications in Clone/Duplicate mode. [200628911]
  • [Notebook]: LVDS-display goes blank upon rebooting the system after driver installation on some systems. [200627952]

You can find the official release notes here to know all about the driver, and any issues you find can be reported on the official discussion thread on Nvidia's forums. The driver update should be available through the GeForce Experience app, but you can download it manually using the links below.

Desktop GPUs:
Download: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 | Windows 10

Notebook GPUs:
Download: Windows 10

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