New NVIDIA Game Ready 418.81 driver includes support for GeForce RTX laptops
Now that laptops with GeForce RTX GPUs have started becoming available, NVIDIA has announced new game ready drivers that now include support for the new mobile RTX GPUs. The new GeFroce Game Ready 418.81 WHQL drivers can now be downloaded via the GeForce Experience app or from NVIDIA's website.
Apart from introducing support for the new mobile RTX GPUs, the latest driver also enables improved performance in the 3DMark Port Royal benchmark. 3DMark Port Royal is a benchmark to evaluate ray tracing and has recently added support for NVIDIA's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) tech. NVIDIA says that using Port Royal with the latest Game Ready driver should boost benchmark performance by up to 50% while offering improved image quality. The GPU maker showed FPS boosts with DLSS On across the consumer 'Turing' lineup running the 3DMark Port Royal benchmark.
NVIDIA's RTX mobility lineup was officially announced at CES 2019 and we've seen laptops with the new GPUs hitting the shelves towards the end of January. In our review, we've seen improved performance with 'Turing' over its 'Pascal' counterparts although, we weren't very impressed with the performance of the new Max-Q variants. It remains to be seen if this new driver addresses some of the performance concerns.
Most major OEMs have started offering RTX GPU choices in their laptop models. We've consolidated a list of all known RTX laptop launches at the following links —
- List of laptops featuring the RTX 2060
- List of laptops featuring the RTX 2070
- List of laptops featuring the RTX 2080
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