New Nvidia Driver Adds RTX 3080, 3090 Stability Fixes

GeForce RTX 30-series lineup
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The RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 graphics cards are now out and in the hands of anyone who was lucky enough to be able to buy one of them, which means Nvidia's released a new WQHL-certified driver to accompany them. You can download it now through the GeForce Experience app- just look for Game Ready Driver 456.55. This driver primarily focuses on improving RTX 3000 series stability in certain games, as well as adding Nvidia Reflex support for Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Nvidia’s official release notes (opens in new tab) don’t actually tell us a lot about how the new driver helps increase stability for RTX 3000 series graphics cards, but the Reddit thread on the new driver has a few comments from people who were experiencing crashes on Call of Duty: Warzone when playing with an RTX 3080. The same issue was reported a few days ago in the r/buildapc subreddit, where Nvidia responded saying that they were looking into the issue and sending any reports to the driver team. Hopefully, these issues have been solved.

Aside from making Call of Duty: Warzone run better on RTX 3000 series GPUs, the new driver also adds Nvidia Reflex support to both Warzone and the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare remake. Nvidia Reflex (opens in new tab) came out earlier this month and is a tool for game devs to optimize GPU and G-sync settings to reduce latency. It’s primarily intended for esports titles like Fortnite and Apex: Legends.

Star Wars: Squadrons is also set to release on October 2nd, so this driver also looks to improve compatibility there as well.

You can download Nvidia’s new Game Ready Driver either through the GeForce Experience app or manually through Nvidia’s website (opens in new tab).

Michelle Ehrhardt

Michelle Ehrhardt is an editor at Tom's Hardware. She's been following tech since her family got a Gateway running Windows 95, and is now on her third custom-built system. Her work has been published in publications like Paste, The Atlantic, and Kill Screen, just to name a few. She also holds a master's degree in game design from NYU.

  • JarredWaltonGPU
    Okay, very early test results ... but at least two cards are undergoing testing and showing improvements. The Gigabyte RTX 3090 Eagle was consistently crashing in The Division 2 on the 456.38 drivers at 'factory stock' settings and is now completing the tests. The Asus 3090 TUF Gaming also crashed using the OC Mode (1770MHz boost) setting -- it was stable at the default Gaming Mode before. Anyway, it's also not crashing in Metro Exodus.

    I'm nowhere near finished with testing (retesting), but for sure things are better than just an hour ago with the previous drivers. So, hopefully these address most of the instability problems. Knock on wood.
  • nofanneeded
    how about performance hit ? any lower fps from the new drivers?
  • JamesSneed
    Admin said:
    Nvidia’s newest Game Ready Driver address stability issues with RTX 3000 series GPUs and adds new anti-latency features to Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

    New Nvidia Driver Adds RTX 3080, 3090 Stability Fixes : Read more

    You guys going to retest a couple games to see if there is any performance regression?
  • JarredWaltonGPU
    JamesSneed said:
    You guys going to retest a couple games to see if there is any performance regression?
    Working on it. Takes about eight hours to do a full test suite, and without doing all those tests I can't confidently speak to the stability of the new drivers.
  • mac_angel
    any report on VRR yet?