Nvidia has released some new 353.06 drivers today, which, among other things, claim to boost performance for Kepler GPUs in The Witcher 3.
As many people (including our own reviewer Tim) discovered, Nvidia’s Kepler cards (the 600 and 700 series, broadly speaking) were quite seriously underperforming in The Witcher 3. To the extent that it gave rise to theories that Nvidia was deviously pushing people towards buying newer cards by intentionally holding back the older Kepler cards.
Nvidia, of course, claims this is not so and puts the poor performance down to “three bugs.” Here’s what they have to say on the matter of recent Kepler goings-on: “Following end user reports of lower-than-expected performance in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt when using GeForce GTX 600 and 700 Series Kepler GPUs, we have identified and fixed three bugs that were limiting performance not only in The Witcher 3, but also Far Cry 4 and Project Cars.”
As a result, users should see increased frame-rates in all of those titles.
Outside of the Kepler business, Nvidia say these 353.06 drivers should be “game ready” for Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm MOBA. This release also includes new SLI profiles for Monster Hunter Online and Space Engineers, for those of you running a pair of Nvidia cards in tandem.