NVIDIA just released their latest driver updates today, bringing us up to version 344.48. These are WHQL certified drivers, and they're also Game Ready for several upcoming titles. NVIDIA specifically calls out Civilization: Beyond Earth (launching tomorrow), Lords of the Fallen (coming October 28), and Elite: Dangerous (a Kickstarter game currently available in Beta form). You can snag the drivers at the usual place, or if you're like most people and are running a desktop GPU on Windows 7/8.1 64-bit, here's the direct link; the drivers are also available for most NVIDIA laptops.

Looking over the complete release notes, the 344.48 drivers also bring DSR (Dynamic Super Resolution) support to Kepler and Fermi GPUs, there are a few tweaks to upcoming games (e.g. Assassin's Creed Unity notes that control panel FXAA is disabled), and SLI profiles have been added for ten new games. There are no specific details on performance improvements with the new drivers, which is insteresting as usually about a month or two after a major GPU launch (i.e. GM204), NVIDIA will further refine their drivers to extract more performance; perhaps we'll see some performance enhancements in the near future for GM204 owners.

Source: NVIDIA

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  • JarredWalton - Friday, October 24, 2014 - link

    What hardware and OS are you running?
  • manuelricardo.garcia - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - link

    I installed these drivers on my brand new Sager laptop with GTX 880m, and I get BSODs randomly even after uninstalling this POS with Revo Unistaller Pro/ windows default program unistaller/ Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) several times (about 5 and the problem persists) in safe mode. Just so some of you know what you might have to deal with.
  • JarredWalton - Friday, October 24, 2014 - link

    Is it crashing in general, or only with specific games?
  • D. Lister - Friday, October 24, 2014 - link

    Did you try out the DSR function? It is possible that perhaps your system wasn't well ventilated at the time, and got overheated. If that is the case then no amount of driver switching is going to fix the BSODs, and your only choice would be an RMA.
  • Taristin - Friday, October 24, 2014 - link

    Well, I tried these out with an eVGA GTX770 Hydro Copper and I am getting nothing but tearing in every game I try, be it Starbound, Elder Scrolls Online, FTL or Mass Effect 3. Performance seemed the same, and I wasnt able to try DSR because it isnt enabled for Surround anyway.

    Rolled back to Septembers driver release and everything is working as it should. May my experience be a warning for 700 series users, if it isnt only me.
  • The_Assimilator - Saturday, October 25, 2014 - link

    Running these on a single GTX 760 4GB, no issues with tearing, and DSR is pretty sweet. Except for the fact that it actually seems to change desktop resolution, so if you have a secondary monitor with a web browser or system monitoring tools on it, those will get moved around while a DSR-configured game is running.
  • SeanJ76 - Saturday, October 25, 2014 - link

    Yup Dsr is a great feature, works great, no bugs. You probably wont see much more performance out of maxwell series cards, Nvidia nails drivers first time around now, and have been since 700 series gpu release. The days of future driver releases halting large performance increases over time are long gone.
  • SeanJ76 - Saturday, October 25, 2014 - link

    I run 2 770 Superclocked Acx versions in Sli on a Devils Canyon 4690k@4.7ghz and cant explain how awesome my gaming experience is. You really do need to go Sli these days especially if you use a 144hz Benq like me. Single card set-ups are just too weak in newest games with full ultra settings.
  • D. Lister - Sunday, October 26, 2014 - link


    Multi-GPU setups come with their own problems. It is often better to get a top-tier single GPU, then getting two lower tier ones any day of the week. Check the benchmark comparison of 2x770 vs. a single 980 or even a single 780Ti. I would post a direct link but the completely idiotic spam filter prevents me from doing so.
  • SeanJ76 - Thursday, October 30, 2014 - link

    I have owned a pair of 670 FTW sli, 770 SC ACX sli and have had 0 problems with any games or test benchmarks. If you think sli has problems....... you have never sli'ed graphic cards!
    My 2x 770 SC ACX kill single 980GTX by 25-30% fps........and that's sad!

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