A little over half a month in, and we have our first driver release from NVIDIA for the new year. Both camps were so rapid fire with driver releases last year that I was beginning to wonder what happened. I guess between game releases slowing down and the holidays those driver developers didn’t want code us new updates for their own entertainment. Teasing aside, the update today isn’t joking material. The latest update not only gives us our bug fixes and game support, but possibly enough SLI profiles to make multi-GPU gamers happy.

We are getting a new branch today with driver release 378. For our fixed issues, this time around we have random flashes from Just Cause 3 and flickering faces in Assassin’s Creed – Syndicate. There is also some SLI induced flickering in both Battlefield 1 and Hitman that has been fixed. Battlefield 1 has also received a fix for rain puddles that were appearing dark. Lastly, NVIDIA has issued a fix for work unit errors in Folding @ Home; fingers crossed this does away with Folding @ home issues, people have clamoring for this one for months.

For extra features, 378.49 adds support for the recently launched GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050Ti notebook cards. Game ready support is also bundled in for Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, the Conan Exile Early Access, and the For Honor closed beta. Not to make light use of their one month break since the last driver release NVIDIA has also added or updated the SLI profiles for the following games:

  • Battlefield 1
  • Deus Ex: Breach Standalone - added DirectX 11 profile
  • Diablo III - added DirectX 11 profile
  • Dreadnought (2016) - added DirectX 11 profile
  • LEGO: Minifigures Online - added SLI-Single profile
  • Sid Meier's Civilization VI
  • Shooter Game (HDR) - added DirectX 11 profile
  • Sniper Elite 4 - added DirectX 11 profile
  • Space Hulk: DeathWing - added SLI-Single profile
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • Watch Dogs 2

This is a notably bigger list of SLI profiles than we typically see. I couldn’t say whether this is a re-ignited initiative, or just a consequence of the new driver branch. Regardless this gives SLI users more to be excited for.

Anyone interested can download the updated drivers through GeForce Experience or on the NVIDIA driver download page. More information on this update and further issues can be found in the 378.49 release notes

Source: NVIDIA

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  • austinsguitar - Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - link

    these updates become less and less exciting... nothing new ever comes out on the software front from nvidia and the drivers are becoming more barbaric as time continues... about 2 years ago id say "stick with the design. its more stable that way" but now its like "maybe nvidia is just full of a bunch of lazy program teams :/" these updates are pathetic, and you too should feel like you want more from nvidia. im not asking for performance change, but software results and things to change the game. GET ON AMD'S LEVEL NVIDIA. i like my gtx 1070. make it more enjoyable already.
  • austinsguitar - Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - link

    like even tab switching on all my devices that use nvidia is like waiting for the next coming of christ... why do i need to wait 15 seconds for the next tab to open nvidia? its dumb, and even i can create a program to interface with controller boards connected to a raspberry pi faster than these drivers can figuring out what settings to show for my device. i swere im just very disapointed by all of this little stuff and it all adds up.
  • damianrobertjones - Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - link

    I've never actually thought of driver updates being 'exciting'?! :)
  • Bronek - Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - link

    driver updates can be exciting, but not in a good way :-P
  • Wolfpup - Friday, March 24, 2017 - link

    LOL, that is unfortunately true.
  • Oxford Guy - Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - link

    With fresh new telemetry?
  • BrokenCrayons - Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - link

    I though that was only a part of their Game Ready thing which was optional during driver install (box could be unchecked). I haven't updated drivers for my laptop in a while, but the GPUs are so old in those they're not exactly getting development and one is under Linux. Did NV finally integrate data collection into the driver package itself? That'd be unreasonable, I think. We get enough of that from Internet services and Windows already.
  • Oxford Guy - Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - link

    Dual GPU support makes it harder to sells 1080s at a high price.
  • BrokenCrayons - Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - link

    "...possibly enough SLI profilers to make multi-GPU gamers happy."

    Is "profilers" the correct word to describe that? It seems more like "profiles" would fit better there, but mabye it's industry-specific jargon I'm not familiar with.
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - link

    Thumbs up for fixing F@H!
    (assuming it works)

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