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Nvidia's 334.89 WHQL Drivers Boost Performance Up to 19%

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 26 comments

Nvidia's new WHQL GeForce driver brings performance improvements.

Nvidia has posted its new GeForce drivers, bringing a number of fixes, new profiles, and of course performance improvements. The driver will work for any modern-day GeForce labelled graphics card. The performance improvements are compared to the previous 332.21 WHQL-certified drivers. Below you'll find a snippet of the release highlights:

GeForce GTX 770/780/TITAN/780Ti:
  • Up to 19% in F1 2013
  • Up to 18% in Sleeping Dogs
  • Up to 16% in Hitman Absolution
  • Up to 15% in Company of Heroes 2
  • Up to 10% in Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Up to 7% in BioShock Infinite
  • Up to 6% in Sniper Elite V2
  • Up to 5% in Total War: Rome 2
  • SLI Technology
    • Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD – created profile
    • Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry – created profile
    • Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut – created profile
    • The Crew – created profile
  • 3D Vision
    • Shadow Warrior – rating now “Excellent”
    • The Stanley Parable – rated “Excellent”
    • Walking Dead 2 – rated “Good”
    • World Rally Championship 4 – rated “Good”
    • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – rated “Good”
    • Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon – rated “Fair”

The driver can be downloaded from Nvidia's website.

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    e_davis677 , February 19, 2014 11:30 AM
    How about you title the article, "Nvidia's 334.89 WHQL Drivers Boost Performance for 8 Games." I think that would relate to the article better.
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    squirrelboy , February 19, 2014 11:39 AM
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    How about you title the article, "Nvidia's 334.89 WHQL Drivers Boost Performance for 8 Games." I think that would relate to the article better.
    noooonono, that would make too much sense
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    venym , February 19, 2014 12:06 PM
    And also need to mention that these improvements are what Nvidia is claiming, not what Tom's is reporting from testing in the title. Like, "Nvidia's 334.89 WHQL Drivers Claim They Boost Performance for 8 Games."
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    hitman40 , February 19, 2014 12:18 PM
    I just want Mount and Blade to be boosted from 200fps to 600fps, and to post a comment at Tomshardware. The second has been accomplished Nvidia, :D 
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    Christopher Shaffer , February 19, 2014 12:24 PM
    Actually it should mention that this driver sucks and you should stay on 332.21. If you take 2 seconds to read the responses on the GeForce.com forums you'll see this driver has improved almost nothing.What sucks is that it actually had a noticeable improvement in G-Sync for BF4 (which isn't formally mentioned) but the FPS dropped.A lot of users are reporting much worse issues such as Surround not working, flickering screens, black screens, etc. This driver doesn't seem to have much to offer and Shadowplay with G-Sync is still screwed.
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    the_crippler , February 19, 2014 12:30 PM
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    Actually it should mention that this driver sucks and you should stay on 332.21.
    I "upgraded" to this driver last night in desperation - I've had nothing but issues with my card for months (flickering, black screens, driver getting blown away every time windows installs updates.) The best "help" their support has been able to give me is to roll back to a driver from last March as this has "been successful for others with my issues."Oh, and they also told me to trouble shoot my Windows update issues by seeing how well in works on Linux.Keep up the great work, Nvidia - you're doing a bang-up job of driving me back to ATI.
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    thor220 , February 19, 2014 12:39 PM
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    Actually it should mention that this driver sucks and you should stay on 332.21.
    I "upgraded" to this driver last night in desperation - I've had nothing but issues with my card for months (flickering, black screens, driver getting blown away every time windows installs updates.) The best "help" their support has been able to give me is to roll back to a driver from last March as this has "been successful for others with my issues."Oh, and they also told me to trouble shoot my Windows update issues by seeing how well in works on Linux.Keep up the great work, Nvidia - you're doing a bang-up job of driving me back to ATI.
    Sound like you have a defective card friend. I would return it for a new one.
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    derekullo , February 19, 2014 12:48 PM
    Damn it WoW just forced me to update graphics drivers yesterday ...
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    childofthekorn , February 19, 2014 12:55 PM
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    So, instead of claiming that the new drivers are great, why doesn't ANYONE point out that the old ones were demonstrably crap?


    Good point. However, I think something to this effect is to be expected with newer hardware. Its not an exact science to optimize drivers for individual games. I'm glad to see they're keeping up with their support.
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    childofthekorn , February 19, 2014 1:02 PM
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    Actually it should mention that this driver sucks and you should stay on 332.21.
    I "upgraded" to this driver last night in desperation - I've had nothing but issues with my card for months (flickering, black screens, driver getting blown away every time windows installs updates.) The best "help" their support has been able to give me is to roll back to a driver from last March as this has "been successful for others with my issues."Oh, and they also told me to trouble shoot my Windows update issues by seeing how well in works on Linux.Keep up the great work, Nvidia - you're doing a bang-up job of driving me back to ATI.


    I agree with Thor220. I had the same types of issues with an AMD APU, I thought it was just underpowered but when contacting support it turned out to be a defective product. When I had the laptop replaced (covered by warranty) it worked flawlessly, within its own limits. I'd recommend checking with the manufacturer to have it replaced. If warranty has already expired you may be able to escalate through support to get someone with authority to acknowledge its defective and still honor the defective product, but no guarantees. Best of luck.
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    derpderpderp , February 19, 2014 1:19 PM
    SO it boosted frame rates from games years ago that we already played? Good progress.
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    prancingman , February 19, 2014 2:50 PM
    I remember reading the update notes yesterday thinking, I haven't played a single one of these games in a long time ... Then I thought, oh god, NVIDIA hasnt actually been working on these improvements since they came out, have they? Then I thought, if they haven't been, then why on earth would they suddenly find % increases in these games and not newer titles.
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    aberboy0 , February 19, 2014 3:32 PM
    dunno about the science of it, but titanfall beta looks the dogs danglies on my gtx670 i5 3570k
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    childofthekorn , February 19, 2014 3:51 PM
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    dunno about the science of it, but titanfall beta looks the dogs danglies on my gtx670 i5 3570k


    I just wanna remind you it is a beta. It will go through optimization on the developers end and the drivers end in no time. I play on lowest settings and although i hated the COD series, I can't seem to put this game down.
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    childofthekorn , February 19, 2014 3:51 PM
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    dunno about the science of it, but titanfall beta looks the dogs danglies on my gtx670 i5 3570k


    I just wanna remind you it is a beta. It will go through optimization on the developers end and the drivers end in no time. I play on lowest settings and although i hated the COD series, I can't seem to put this game down.
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    childofthekorn , February 19, 2014 3:56 PM
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    So, instead of claiming that the new drivers are great, why doesn't ANYONE point out that the old ones were demonstrably crap?


    Good point. However, I think something to this effect is to be expected with newer hardware. Its not an exact science to optimize drivers for individual games. I'm glad to see they're keeping up with their support.


    But it IS an exact science. They know the APIs of the OS, they know the deep specs of the card and its subsystems. All they seem to do in many if these 'updates' is tweak the quality/filtering settings to eke out a few extra fps without the reduced quality being noticeable.
    That everyone does this doesn't mean that its okay. It means they don't test enough and don't employ driver techs that know how to do their job properly.


    I'm curious where you came to that conclusion, have you worked with graphics API's prior? I'd love to hear some reference regarding how its an exact science. I've done some googling in my time but have not seen anything that makes it sound as if API's are as easy as you make it sound.
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    aberboy0 , February 19, 2014 5:42 PM
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    dunno about the science of it, but titanfall beta looks the dogs danglies on my gtx670 i5 3570k


    I just wanna remind you it is a beta. It will go through optimization on the developers end and the drivers end in no time. I play on lowest settings and although i hated the COD series, I can't seem to put this game down.


    same here, very addictive, im on pretty much 75% max settings and its looks stunning even though hasnt been optimised as of yet, the titanfall adds another dimension to the game or sure
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    danwat1234 , February 19, 2014 7:04 PM
    Ah man, it didn't mention any performance improvements for my 9800GS mobile video card (2009).
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    mortsmi7 , February 19, 2014 8:08 PM
    Actually, the release highlights said: "Here are some examples of measured gains:", which listed the above games.
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    azzazel_99 , February 20, 2014 3:35 AM
    ha just installed them and while installing my pc crashed. Booted back up and it seems the drivers installed but it crashed my pc in the process. WTF?
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