Get Ready To Game On The GTX 1660 Ti With The Latest NVIDIA Geforce Game Ready Driver

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅24.02.2019 22:17:01

This week NVIDIA launched the Geforce GTX 1660 Ti GPU, and many will have immediately lurched for their smartphones to order their flavour of choice in the past couple of days. However a brand new GPU is no good without an up to date driver. As luck would have it however, NVIDIA have also issued a new GeForce Game Ready driver to coincide with the new hardware launch (as well as a couple of new games in need of some TLC).

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The GeForce 419.17 WHQL Game Ready Driver is the first public update to be compatible with the GTX 1660 Ti, and also serves as the Game Ready driver for both Anthem's general release and DiRT Rally 2.0 (which goes live on February 26th). Unfortunately drivers for the new GPU are not currently clearly signposted on the driver download page, but the unified desktop driver packages means that you get the correct link for your OS by choosing any desktop RTX 20-series card in the drop-down menu. Otherwise, just follow this link or download via the GeForce Experience desktop app.

These drivers also implement a set of important security updates, the details of which are available here. The importance of the vulnerabilities which these updates address mean that it's recommended you transition to this driver even if you don't own a GTX 1660 Ti or plan to play Anthem and DiRT Rally 2.0.

NVIDIA's GeForce Game Ready Drivers are compatible with 64-bit versions of Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, and support GPUs going back as far as the Kepler (600-series) generation.

Release Notes

What’s New in Version 419.17 WHQL

Game Ready Drivers provide the best possible gaming experience for all major new releases, including Virtual Reality games. Prior to a new title launching, our driver team is working up until the last minute to ensure every performance tweak and bug fix is included for the best gameplay on day-one.

Game Ready

Provides the optimal gaming experience for Anthem and DiRT Rally 2.0.

Gaming Technology

Includes support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics cards.

Security Updates

This driver adds security updates for driver components. See the NVIDIA Security Bulletin 4772 for details.

Application SLI Profiles

Added or updated the following SLI profiles:
- Apex Legends
- Far Cry New Dawn

Software Module Versions
- nView - 149.34
- HD Audio Driver -
- NVIDIA PhysX System Software - 9.18.0907
- GeForce Experience -
- CUDA - 10.0 New Features

NVIDIA Control Panel

Updated to version 8.1.950. Added new Developer->Manage GPU Performance Counters controls.

Video Codec SDK 9.0 (Released Feb 11, 2019)

Included Features:
- Supports NVENC/NVDEC on NVIDIA Turing GPUs
- NVENC API has been updated to support HEVC B-frames on Turing GPUs.
- NVENC API adds the capability to output the encoded bitstream, and motion vectors from Motion-Estimation-only mode to video memory. This avoids the overhead of copying the output from system to video memory for processing pipelines operating directly on video memory.
- NVENC API now accepts CUArray as an input buffer. The SDK contains a sample application to demonstrate how to feed Vulkan surface to NVENC using Vulkan-CUDA interop.

More information:

Optical Flow SDK 1.0 (Released Feb 11, 2019)

This is a new API for Optical Flow and stereo disparity hardware engine, available on Turing GPUs.

Fixed Issues

- [Doom Eternal / Doom 2016]: Decals render as black. [2515006]
- [Battlefield V]: Screen artifacts appear in the game when Texture Filtering is set to High Quality in the NVIDIA Control Panel. [2470649]
- Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) is not available for monitors with 4k2k timings. [2496987]
- [Iray][OptiX]: Iray GPU acceleration crashes and falls back to CPU acceleration. [2503738]
- Windows 7x64/8.1x64: Fixes random application crash or TDR introduced in previous GeForce display driver 418.81. [2504448]

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