Nvidia GeForce 331.82 WHQL brings 4K performance boost

Written by Edward Chester

November 20, 2013 // 6:42 p.m.

Tags: #33182-whql-driver #assassins-creed-black-fla #geforce #nvidia #shadowplay #whql

Nvidia has released the latest WHQL version of its graphics card drivers, bringing fairly hefty performance boosts for some games running at 4K resolutions in SLI.

The new release also mentions in the release Need For Speed Rivals, which launched on PC today, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, which launches on PC tomorrow, stating the driver will "ensure you'll have the best possible gaming experience" with these games. The latter is of course being bundled free with selected Nvidia graphics cards. The company has also provided a graphics and performance guide for the game, for those looking to optimise their settings.

Being a little more specific, Nvidia also claims the update will improve Metro: Last Light performance by up to 50%, Crysis 3 by up to 26% and Battlefield 4 by up to 18% when running at 4K resolutions using SLI.

The release also includes GeForce Experience version 1.7.1, which sees improvements to Nvidia's two most recent additions to the software: GeForceStream and GeForce ShadowPlay.

The former is the technology that allows streaming of your PC games to the company's portable games console, Nvidia Shield, a review from us of which is just around the corner.

Meanwhile ShadowPlay allows for instant streaming of your gaming sessions to services like Twitch.tv. The stream comes straight from the graphics card for an even lower overhead than using Fraps. Again, we'll be covering this technology in more detail in an upcoming feature.

In other Nvidia news, the company has also announced a new small form factor PC initiative. The campaign aims to promote the qualities of a small gaming PCs over the newly arrived consoles, so they of course pack powerful Nvidia graphics cards into their petite frames.

A number of vendors are involved in the initiative so you can take your pick from your favourite, but all will include an 'Art of Gaming' branding kit that includes "precision cut, high quality vinyl graphics that can easily be applied to the outside of your PC". You'll also get all the free games that Nvidia is currently bundling with its graphics cards included on the machines. For more information and a list of the available PCs, go to the Nvidia website.
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