Nvidia Releases Game Ready 456.55 drivers: Some fixes for 3000 series reported

With the launch of the long-awaited Ampere video cards mostly in the rearview mirror, there are reports on the internet of issues concerning the stability of some of these cards. Knowledgeable Youtubers such as Igor Wallosek of Igor’s lab. Buildzoid from Actually Hardcore Overclocking even posted information on what they feel the problem is. On some cards, it appears the capacitor type behind the socket causing some of these issues. While Nvidia hasn’t made a statement on the failures, some users were speculating that it is more than just a hardware shortcoming on some models with specific, over 2,000 MHz, clocks speeds.

Fast forward to today, Nvidia has released the Game Ready driver, 456.55, that adds Nvidia Reflex support in COD: Modern Warfare, COD: Warzone, and is said to offer the best experience in Star Wars: Squadrons. Nvidia goes on to say it also improves stability in certain games on RTX 30 series GPUs.

According to some Reddit users, they’ve seen their stability issues go away while performance remained the same or improved. Time will tell if the issue is a software/driver and/or a hardware issue.

Below is a list of release notes:

Game Ready for NVIDIA Reflex Support for ‘Call of Duty:
Modern Warfare’ and ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’
Our latest GeForce Game Ready driver provides support for NVIDIA Reflex in the blockbuster titles
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone, as well as offers the best experience in
Star Wars: Squadrons. The new Game Ready Driver also improves stability in certain games on
RTX 30 Series GPUs.

What’s New in Release 455

  • Supports CUDA 11.1.
  • SLI Profiles
  • Added or updated the following SLI profiles:
    • Baldur’s Gate 3
    • Comanche (NVIDIA Turing GPUs only)
    • Crusader Kings III
    • Disintegration (NVIDIA Turing GPUs only
    • Population Zero
    • RIDE 4 (NVIDIA Turing GPUs only)
    • Rocket Arena (NVIDIA Turing GPUs only)
    • The Blackout Club (NVIDIA Turing GPUs only)
  • Includes support for GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 GPUs3
  • Adds support for new G-SYNC compatible monitors.
  • Select the driver version under the Driver Needed column to display new monitors supported
    in that driver.
  • GeForce Experience Automatic Performance Tuning for GeForce RTX 30-series and RTX 20-
    series
  • GeForce Experience in-game performance monitoring for GeForce GTX 600 series and above
  • ShadowPlay gameplay recording now supports HDR on GTX 900-series and above (RTX 3090
    can capture 8K 30fps HDR)
  • NVIDIA Broadcast app with AI-powered noise removal and virtual background

Changes and Fixed Issues in Version 456.55

The following sections list the important changes and the most common issues resolved in this
version. This list is only a subset of the total number of changes made in this driver version. The
NVIDIA bug number is provided for reference.
Fixed Issues in this Release

  • [Omniverse 2020.2.4496]: Corruption occurs after switching from RTX Real-Time to RTX PathTraced renderer. [200649160]
  • [Vulkan games]: The GeForce Experience> Performance > Render Latency setting sometimes
    sticks at 0 on Vulkan games. [3129618]
  • Multiple G-SYNC Compatible monitors were removed from the G-SYNC Compatible list in the
    driver. [3130059]
  • There is a slight increase in the Windows Event Log CPU utilization. [200659659]
  • NVIDIA Container service may crash upon resume from system sleep /hibernate mode [200658281]
  • [Notebook]: Performance Power Mode cannot be set from the NVIDIA Control Panel.
    [200657525]

Release 455 Driver for Windows, Version 456.55 RN-08399-456.55_v01 | 10
Open Issues in Version 456.55 WHQL

As with every released driver, version 456.55 WHQL of the Release 455 driver has open issues and
enhancement requests associated with it. This section includes lists of issues that are either not
fixed or not implemented in this version. Some problems listed may not have been thoroughly
investigated and, in fact, may not be NVIDIA issues. Others may have workaround solutions.
For notebook computers, issues can be system-specific and may not be seen on your particular
notebook.

Note: You may encounter issues installing the NVIDIA Control Panel from the Windows Store. See
“Issues Installing the NVIDIA Control Panel from the Windows Store” on page 21 for more
information.

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

  • [World of Warcraft Shadowlands]: When run at frame rates greater than 60 FPS with highdisplay settings, moving characters display minute twitching/stuttering. [200647563]

  • [Sunset Overdrive]: The game may display random green corruption if Depth of Field isenabled from in-game settings. [2750770]

  • [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]

  • [Fortnite]: Blue-screen crash occurs pointing to nvlddmkm.sys when playing the game at 4Kresolution. [200645328]To work around, set the resolution to lower than 4k.

  • [Zombie Army: Dead War 4][Ansel/Freestyle]: The Ansel & Freestyle tabs are unselectable.[2810884]

  • [YouTube]: Video playback stutters while scrolling down the YouTube page. [3129705]

  • [G-SYNC]: With G-SYNC enabled on some Freesync displays, half of the screen goes black.[3133895]

  • [GeForce RTX 3080/3090]: Samsung G9 49” display goes black at 240 Hz. [3129363]

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

  • [Notebook]: Some Pascal-based notebooks w/ high refresh rate displays may randomly dropto 60Hz during gameplay. [3009452]

You can download the driver at the Nvidia website and see all the details on the release notes here.

 

Joe Shields (Earthdog)

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  1. fingers crossed this resolves most of the issues and doesn't cause performance loss (apparently some are seeing increased performance as well, which is good)