The raytracing capable RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti were announced by Nvidia at its gamescom presentation last month with a release date of September 20. While RTX 2080Ti witnessed a week delay, the RTX 2080 has gone up for sale today as scheduled.
Along with the GPU, Nvidia today released its GeForce Game Ready WHQL-certified 411.63 drivers. adding support for the new RTX technology as well as delivering optimizations for three major upcoming AAA titles: Assassins Creed Odyssey, Forza Horizon 4, and FIFA 19.
FIFA 19 is expected to release on 28 September, while Forza Horizon 4 will be out by 2 October, followed closely by Assassins Creed Odyssey on 5 October.
It's worth noting that while these drivers add support for Nvidia's RTX raytracing tech, there aren't many places you can use it just yet, barring a few tech demos. The 399.24 WHQL-certified drivers added optimizations for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which is a title that utilizes RTX, except for the fact that that support is not included in the game's launch version and will arrive with a post-launch update. In short, if you have an itch to try an RTX-enabled game, the wait is yet longer.
These drivers also fix a few issues:
- Using power monitoring in GPU monitor tools causes micro stutter. [2110289/2049879]
- [Monster Hunter World]: Low frame rate in the game. 
- [Tom Clancy's The Division]: Graphics corruption occurs when using NVIDIA Gameworks settings. 
- [Call of duty WW II][1x3 Surround]: The center Surround display renders black screen. 
- [Planetside 2][G-SYNC]: G-SYNC does not work with the game. 
- [ARCHICAD][OpenGL]: The OpenGL driver crashes the application. 
- [GeForce GTX 1080Ti]: Random DPC watchdog violation error when using multiple GPUs on motherboards with PLX chips. 
- [YouTube][Mosaic with Sync]: Secondary GPU doesn't render video content on fullscreen YouTube video. 
However, they also come with a few known issues, though some have a workaround, which we have highlighted:
Windows 10 Issues
- [GeForce GTX 1060]AV receiver switches to 2-channel stereo mode after 5 seconds of audio idle. 
- [Firefox]: Cursor shows brief corruption when hovering on certain links in Firefox. 
- [Windows Media Player][Notebook][MSHybrid]: The application crashes when run on the integrated graphics after setting the NVIDIA GPU Graphics settings to High Performance. 
- [Final Fantasy XV benchmark]: The benchmark exits fails with a "Failed to initialize DLSS Library" error when running in DLSS mode. 
- Delete this file:
- Perform a Clean or Express installation of the NVIDIA driver
- [Turing GPU][[Netflix]: Playback resolution doesn't show 4K bit rates when using a USB-C-HDMI connection. 
- [Turing GPU][Photoshop CC]: Corruption occurs after increasing image size. 
- Custom color settings reset on reboot in Windows 10 FCU
- Random DPC watchdog violation error when using multiple GPUs on motherboards with PLX chips
- Workaround: Use the following tool to enable MSI mode as a temporary workaround (only apply changes to each NVIDIA GPU installed): https://github.com/CHEF-KOCH/MSI-utility/releases
- Cursor shows brief corruption when hovering on certain links in Firefox/Steam
- Some games produce red/green/blue shimmering line with G-sync enabled and full screen mode on notebook screen
- Gears of War 4 may freeze/crash after extended period of gameplay
Those who do purchase an RTX 2080 or RTX 2080Ti will also need to be on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (RS3) or newer to properly utilize them, as these drivers will not install on older versions of Windows 10.
Additionally, these drivers introduce support for CUDA 10.0, and add further support for Vulkan 1.1, along with support for Vulkan HDR. The latter will allow applications to output HDR content to HDR displays via the Vulkan API.
There are also new or updated SLI profiles for these titles:
- Lake Ridden
- Pure Farming 2018
- Raid: World War II
- Star Wars: Battlefront II (2017)
- TT Isle of Man
Along with new or updated 3D Vision profiles for these titles:
- Elder Scrolls: Online - Good
- Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey - Not recommended
The 411.63 WHQL-certified drivers can be downloaded via the GeForce Experience app on Windows, or via the links down below. The complete release notes are available here.