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AMD and Nvidia releases ‘Overwatch’ optimised drivers

Both discrete GPU chip makers have released newer drivers, though AMD is a BETA variant. Nvidia GeForce 368.22 WHQL is now game ready for Overwatch, World of Tanks and War Thunder, while AMD Radeon Crimson optimises Overwatch, Total War: Warhammer and DOTA2 with Vulkan API support.

With the Nvidia update, there are no additional SLI profiles, 3D Vision profiles or any 3D compatible mode profiles. It does fix a Windows 10 SLI issues with Tom Clancy’s The Division where the game stutters after 20-30 minutes. The following lists the known Windows 10 issues with this WHQL driver:

  • [Surround] Surround Display icon disappears after rotate mode set to portrait. [200201040]
  • [SLI, Kepler] Driver is unloaded when SLI is set. [200201428]
  • [SLI, Street Fighter V] Performance drop (pause and play) observed when the game is played at 4K resolution with SLI enabled. [200172046]
  • StarWars TOR- Knights of the Fallen Empire hangs when in-game graphics settings changed in full-screen mode. [200169614]
  • [SLI] Blank display is observed on disabling SLI with two displays connected. [200168702]
  • [Luxmark 3.0, Windows 10 TH2] Display driver stopped responding while running benchmark LuxBall HDR (Simple Benchmark:217K triangles). [200153736]
  • Driver installation will fail if GeForce Experience is a selected component and the system is either in safe mode or without a network connection. [200151914]
  • [347.09, GM204] Blank screen observed on an ASUS Tiled display when the system resumes from shutdown or hibernation with Fast boot option enabled from BIOS. [1591053]
  • [SLI, UEFI] Event Viewer error 14 points to nvlddmkm when the system is rebooted. [1309257]

The latest Nvidia driver can be downloaded from here.

With the AMD Radeon Crimson BETA update, CrossFireX profiles are added for Overwatch and Total War: Warhammer. The latest 16.5.3 BETA driver fixes many issues but also listed just as many known issues. Two of them involving stuttering with Total War: Warhammer with Crossfire setup and AMD freesync flickering when playing Forza Motorsport 6: Apex.

They are as follows:

Fixed Issues

  • Fallout 4™ may experience minor stuttering in AMD Crossfire™ technology mode
  • Radeon Settings may be removed from the system if the Radeon Software installer is launched while Radeon Settings is open.
  • Radeon Settings “Additional Settings” option may intermittently fail to launch.
  • Users in Quad AMD Crossfire technology configurations may be unable to re-enable AMD Crossfire mode when using the global AMD Crossfire option in the “Gaming” tab and toggling it from on to off.
  • Some game textures in The Division™ exhibit flickering in AMD Crossfire™ mode.
  • Intermittent stability issues with Intel Skull Canyon NUC (NUC6i7KYK) using AMD XConnect™ Technology are no longer observed.
  • Safe unplugging for AMD XConnect™ Technology no longer results in a random BSOD.

Known Issues

  • A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved “In-Game Overlay”.
  • Total War: Warhammer™ may experience stuttering in AMD Crossfire™ technology mode if the AMD Gaming Evolved App or Plays.Tv is running in the background. A workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved and Plays.Tv applications.
  • The Division™ may hang when using Quad AMD Crossfire™ technology. As a workaround users are recommended to disable AMD Crossfire™ technology mode.
  • Heroes of the Storm™ may experience flickering in AMD Crossfire™ technology mode.
  • The AMD Crossfire™ technology mode options in Radeon Settings may not take effect on Origin or Uplay applications.
  • Forza Motorsport 6: Apex™ may exhibit brightness flickering when using AMD FreeSync™ technology.
  • Frame Rate Target Control gaming profiles may fail to enable for some games.
  • Catalyst Install Manager unable to detect the display driver while uninstallation.

The BETA drivers for AMD Radeon cards can be downloaded from here.

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