If you've picked up a copy of BioShock Infinite today and you're running an Nvidia graphics card, you may want to spend a little extra time downloading the latest GeForce drivers for a claimed 41 per cent performance boost.
Part of the typical tit-for-tat driver release pattern that sees AMD and Nvidia releasing launch-day patches in order to be seen as the only choice for a given triple-A title, the GeForce 314.22 drivers are fully Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL) certified and come with the claims that performance in BioShock Infinite cam be boosted by upwards of 41 per cent at higher resolutions. Although that headline-grabbing figure is reserved for those running at 2,560x1,600 under Ultra settings with Alternate Post-Processing (APP) disabled, even those with more sedate monitors running at 1,920x1,080 can expect to see a 32 per cent gain in framerate with the drivers installed compared to the previous 314.07 WHQL release.
It's not just BioShock Infinite that gains, either: the recently-released Tomb Raider reboot enjoys a whopping 49 per cent higher framerates at 1,920x1,080, while those gaming at 2,560x1,600 can expect their performance to jump by 59 per cent under Ultra settings or 40 per cent under Ultimate - marking the first time the GTX 680 has been able to achieve higher than 30 frames per second under such settings. Those with the GeForce GTX 660, meanwhile, can expect Tomb Raider to increase in performance by up to 71 per cent at 1,920x1,080 Ultimate settings - again hitting above 30 frames per second for the first time.
Other games boosted by the driver release include Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3, Borderlands 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Civilization V, Sleeping Dogs, Sniper Elite V2, and Skyrim. Improvements will vary according to the game, the card and the settings chosen, but Nvidia is claiming boosts of between 9 per cent and 60 per cent depending on title - and all GeForce graphics cards should see at least some improvement.
Full details of the improvements made in the patch, including new SLI profiles for selected games, are available on the official Nvidia blog
, along with a link to download the driver bundle. Those on other graphics cards should expect AMD to follow suit with a BioShock Infinite-boosting release of its own in the coming days.