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Nvidia 416.16 WHQL drivers enables DXR for RTX Graphics Cards

Nvidia released the new 416.16 WHQL graphics drivers. Graphics driver updates aren’t new, but this is a special one as it enables the much needed DirectX Ray Tracing API for its graphics card. The driver works with the Windows 10 1809 (Redstone 5) build since it needs DXR API to enable RTX for its Turing graphics card. RTX cannot function without the DirectX RayTracing API. The release also includes SLI and 3D Vision for some titles and some fixes. The 416.16 WHQL drivers also fix a problem with Turing cards and Netflix where its playback resolution doesn’t show 4K bitrates when used via USB-C-HDMI.

With the Windows 10 October 2018 update and the GeForce 416.16 update, all you have left is for RTX-enabled titles. Earlier, we have reported the problems Nvidia RTX 2080Ti Founders Edition pre-order customers faced where they are getting the graphics cards well after the market-wide availability of the non-reference models.

The driver works only with 64-bit Windows 10 and it can be downloaded from here. All that’s left now is to wait for RTX titles, which is Battlefield V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Metro Exodus for now.

Existing Support

This release supports the following APIs:

  • Open Computing Language (OpenCLTM software) 1.2 for NVIDIA® KeplerTM and later GPUs
  • OpenGL® 4.61
  • Vulkan® 1.11
  • DirectX 11
  • DirectX 12 (Windows 10)

What’s New in Version 416.16 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 with support for the Windows 10 October 2018
Update including the public release of DirectX Raytracing (DXR)

Software Module Versions

  • nView – 149.34
  • HD Audio Driver – 1.3.37.5
  • NVIDIA PhysX System Software – 9.18.0907
  • GeForce Experience – 3.15.0.164
  • CUDA – 10.0

New Features

  • Added support for Windows 10 October 2018 Update (Redstone 5)
  • NVIDIA Control Panel (3D Settings)
    Added clarification that the Triple Buffering setting is intended for OpenGL only.

Application SLI Profiles

Added or updated the following SLI profiles:

  • Basingstoke – AFR profile added;
  • Battlefield V – AFR re-enabled;
  • Divinity: Original Sin II – AFR profile added;
  • Immortal: Unchained – AFR profile added;
  • Jurassic World Evolution – AFR profile added;
  • Phoenix Point – AFR profile added;
  • Seven: The Days Long Gone – AFR profile added;

3D Vision Profiles

Added or updated the following 3D Vision profiles:

  • Elder Scrolls: Online – Good
  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – Not recommended

Driver Fixes (For a full list of fixes please check out release notes)

  • [Pascal GPUs][Quake HD Remix]: Black square glitches appear when using the Quake HD Remix mod with soft shadows enabled. [2277990]

  • [GeForce GTX 1060][Regime][Rainbow 6: Siege]: Temporal antialiasing causes a drop in performance. [2139724]

  • [Titan Xp]: Driver error (nvlddmkm ) occurs on resume from S4. [200435536]

  • [Turing GPU][[Netflix]: Playback resolution doesn’t show 4K bit rates when using a USB-C-HDMI connection. [200449656]

  • and others

Important Open Issues (For a full list of fixes please check out release notes)

  • [Windows Defender Application Guard][vGPU][Surround]: Surround cannot be enabled from the NVIDIA Control Panel when running Edge Browser with Application Guard over vGPU. [200444614]

  • [Windows Defender Application Guard][vGPU][Surround]: Edge Browser with Application Guard cannot be opened when Surround is enabled. [200443580]

  • [GeForce GTX 1060]AV receiver switches to 2-channel stereo mode after 5 seconds of audio idle. [2204857]

  • [GeForce GTX 1080Ti]: Random DPC watchdog violation error when using multiple GPUs on motherboards with PLX chips. [2079538]

  • [Firefox]: Cursor shows brief corruption when hovering on certain links in Firefox. [2107201]

  • [Windows Media Player][Notebook][MSHybrid]: The application crashes when running integrated graphics after setting the NVIDIA GPU Graphics settings to High Performance. [200450782]

  • and others

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