NVIDIA releases GeForce 314.07 WHQL driver with Crysis 3 support

NVIDIA releases GeForce 314.07 WHQL driver with Crysis 3 support

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The new GeForce 314.07 WHQL driver is now available to download. An essential update for gamers jumping into Crysis 3 this week, 314.07 WHQL improves single-GPU and multi-GPU performance in Crytek’s sci-fi shooter by up to 65%.

Other highlights include sizeable SLI and single-GPU performance gains of up to 27% in Assassin’s Creed III, 19% in Civilization V, 14% in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, 14% in DiRT 3, 11% in Just Cause 2, 10% in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, 10% in F1 2012, and 10% in Far Cry 3.

Rounding out the release is a ‘Excellent’ 3D Vision profile for Crysis 3, a SLI profile for Ninja Theory’s DmC: Devil May Cry, and an updated SLI profile for the free-to-play, third-person co-op shooter, Warframe.

You can download the GeForce 314.07 WHQL drivers with one click from the GeForce.com homepage; Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 packages are available for desktop systems, and for notebooks there are Windows 7 and Windows 8 downloads that cover all non-legacy products.

Crysis 3

Following a closed alpha and an open beta, Crysis 3 finally hits store shelves this week, and as you might expect Crytek’s shooter is as graphically demanding and power hungry as previous releases in the franchise. To give your system the best chance of success in the technologically-advanced title, download and install 314.07 WHQL, which improves single-GPU performance by up to 4.7%, and boosts multi-GPU performance by up to 65%.

Paired with a high-end processor, our GPUs hit the levels of performance shown below at 1920×1080, with Very High, maxed-out settings, and 4xMSAA enabled.

If you don’t have a system capable of maxing out Crysis 3, don’t worry, GeForce Experience can automatically optimize the shooter with settings tailored to your PC’s CPU and GPU. These optimal settings maximize image quality whilst maintaining great performance, giving you the absolute best experience. And what’s more, GeForce Experience can notify you of new driver and profile releases, all of which can be downloaded and installed with one click.

Performance Improvements

Our first, all-new WHQL driver of 2013 features performance improvements in seventeen games, measured across our complete range of GTX 600 Series graphics cards. Improvements of particular note include 27% in Assassin’s Creed III, 19% in Civilization V, 14% in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, 14% in DiRT 3, 11% in Just Cause 2, 10% in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, 10% in F1 2012, and 10% in Far Cry 3.

Please note that performance improvements benefit all GeForce GTX graphics cards, though obviously to varying degrees. Showing the level of improvement on every single supported GPU would be fantastic, but sadly this is unfeasible given the number of benchmarks required. For example, for each GPU and game to be tested take a before and after reading to show the level of improvement, then multiply the number of tests by the number of resolutions, three, and then again by the number of different detail levels and anti-aliasing modes. Then, finally, to verify the results, run everything again. With so many GPUs in our lineup, even focusing exclusively on the most popular models would prove impossible in the time between a driver being finalized and released.

If you test the changes out at home on hardware not represented below, please share your results with the community via the Disqus comments and the GeForce.com Forums.

Performance Improvement Benchmarks
GeForce GTX 690

Results & Benchmark Settings:

  • Assassin’s Creed III: Performance increased by 21% at 1920×1080 when using Ultra settings and Very High Anti-Aliasing. At the same resolution, performance increased by 8.6% when using TXAA.
  • Batman: Arkham City: Performance increased by 6.9% at 1920×1080 when using Very High detail settings, Tessellation High, and 4xMSAA.
  • Battlefield 3: Performance increased by 4.4% at 1920×1080 when using High settings in a single-player Paris benchmark.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2: Performance increased by 14.3% at 2560×1600 when using max settings and 8xMSAA.
  • Civilization V: Performance increased by 14.5% at 1920×1200 in a late-game benchmark using max DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Crysis 3 Open Beta: Performance increased by 35.3% at 1920×1080 when using max settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Performance increased by 8.5% at 1680×1050.
  • DiRT 3: Performance increased by 11.7% at 1920×1080 when using Ultra DirectX 11 settings and 8xMSAA.
  • Dragon Age 2: Performance increased by 6.8% at 1920×1080 when using max settings.
  • F1 2012: Performance increased by 4.2% at 2560×1600 when using Ultra DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Far Cry 2: Performance increased by 7.6% at 1920×1080 when using max settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Far Cry 3: Performance increased by 6.3% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings and 8xMSAA.
  • Just Cause 2: Performance increased by 10.9% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 10 settings (similar results were recorded when using higher resolutions and various quantities of MSAA).
  • Metro 2033: Performance increased by 3% at 1920×1080 when using max Very High settings, Advanced PhysX, and 4xMSAA.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat: Performance increased by 3.7% at 2560×1600 when using Extreme settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Shogun 2: Total War: Performance increased by 3.8% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA. At 2560×1600, performance increased by 3.7%.
GeForce GTX 680

Results & Benchmark Settings:

  • Batman: Arkham City: Performance increased by 5.8% at 2560×1600 when using Very High detail settings, Tessellation High, and 4xMSAA. With PhysX and Tessellation enabled, performance increased by 4.2%.
  • Civilization V: Performance increased by 10.4% at 2560×1600 in a late-game benchmark using max DirectX 11 settings and 8xMSAA.
  • Crysis 3: Performance increased by 4.7% at 1920×1080 when using Very High settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Performance increased by 5.9% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings.
  • DiRT 3: Performance increased by 4% at 2560×1600 when using Ultra DirectX 11 settings and 8xMSAA.
  • F1 2012: Performance increased by 3.5% at 1920×1080 when using Ultra DirectX 11 settings and 8xMSAA.
  • Far Cry 3: Performance increased by 7.8% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings.
  • Just Cause 2: Performance increased by 6.8% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 10 settings.
  • Metro 2033: Performance increased by 3.2% at 2560×1600 when using Very High settings and Advanced PhysX.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat: Performance increased by 3.8% at 1920×1080 when using Extreme settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Shogun 2: Total War: Performance increased by 4.2% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
GeForce GTX 680 SLI

Results & Benchmark Settings:

  • Batman: Arkham City: Performance increased by 4% at 1920×1080 when using Very High detail settings, Tessellation High, and 4xMSAA.
  • Battlefield 3: Performance increased by 5% at 1920×1080 when using High settings in a single-player Paris benchmark.
  • Civilization V: Performance increased by 15.9% at 1920×1200 in a late-game benchmark using max DirectX 11 settings and 8xMSAA.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Performance increased by 10.1% at 1680×1050 when using max DirectX 11 settings.
  • DiRT 3: Performance increased by 13.8% at 1920×1080 when using Ultra DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
  • F1 2012: Performance increased by 10.4% at 2560×1600 when using Ultra DirectX 11 settings.
  • Far Cry 2: Performance increased by 8.9% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 10 settings and 8xMSAA.
  • Far Cry 3: Performance increased by 9% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings.
  • Just Cause 2: Performance increased by 10.7% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 10 settings.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat: Performance increased by 3.7% at 1920×1080 when using Extreme settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Shogun 2: Total War: Performance increased by 3.8% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Sniper Elite V2: Performance increased by 3.2% at 1920×1080 when using max settings.
GeForce GTX 670

Results & Benchmark Settings:

  • Assassin’s Creed III: Performance increased by 27.6% at 1920×1080 when using Normal settings and Normal Anti-Aliasing, and by 23.3% when using High settings and High Anti-Aliasing.
  • Batman: Arkham City: Performance increased by 4.7% at 2560×1600 when using Very High detail settings, Tessellation High, and 4xMSAA. With PhysX and Tessellation enabled, performance increased by 3.1%.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2: Performance increased by 4.1% at 2560×1600 when using max settings and 8xMSAA.
  • Civilization V: Performance increased by 11.3% at 2560×1600 in a late-game benchmark using max DirectX 11 settings and 8xMSAA.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Performance increased by 4.7% at 1680×1050 when using max DirectX 11 settings.
  • DiRT 3: Performance increased by 5% at 1920×1080 when using Ultra DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
  • F1 2012: Performance increased by 3% at 2560×1600 when using Ultra DirectX 11 settings.
  • Far Cry 3: Performance increased by 6.6% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Just Cause 2: Performance increased by 6.1% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 10 settings.
  • Metro 2033: Performance increased by 3.1% at 2560×1600 when using Very High settings and Advanced PhysX.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat: Performance increased by 3.1% at 2560×1600 when using Extreme settings.
  • Shogun 2: Total War: Performance increased by 3.4% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
GeForce GTX 670 SLI

Results & Benchmark Settings:

  • Batman: Arkham City: Performance increased by 4.6% at 1920×1080 when using Very High detail settings, Tessellation High, and 4xMSAA. With PhysX and Tessellation enabled, and FXAA High used in place of MSAA, performance increased by 4%.
  • Battlefield 3: Performance increased by 6.4% at 1920×1080 when using High settings in a single-player Paris benchmark.
  • Civilization V: Performance increased by 19.3% at 2560×1600 in a late-game benchmark using max DirectX 11 settings and 8xMSAA.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Performance increased by 9% at 1680×1050 when using max DirectX 11 settings.
  • DiRT 3: Performance increased by 14.8% at 1920×1080 when using Ultra DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Dragon Age 2: Performance increased by 6.8% at 1920×1080 when using max settings.
  • F1 2012: Performance increased by 7.2% at 1920×1080 when using Ultra DirectX 11 settings.
  • Far Cry 3: Performance increased by 7.3% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings.
  • Just Cause 2: Performance increased by 11.6% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 10 settings and 4xMSAA.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat: Performance increased by 3.8% at 2560×1600 when using Extreme settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Shogun 2: Total War: Performance increased by 3.1% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Sniper Elite V2: Performance increased by 3.1% at 1920×1080 when using max settings.
GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Results & Benchmark Settings:

  • Batman: Arkham City: Performance increased by 5.6% at 2560×1600 when using Very High detail settings, Tessellation High, and 4xMSAA. With PhysX and Tessellation enabled, performance increased by 4.7%.
  • Civilization V: Performance increased by 10.6% at 1920×1200 in a late-game benchmark using max DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Performance increased by 3% at 2560×1600 when using max DirectX 11 settings and FXAA High.
  • DiRT 3: Performance increased by 4.7% at 1920×1080 when using Ultra DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Far Cry 3: Performance increased by 10.1% when using max DirectX 11 settings.
  • Just Cause 2: Performance increased by 4.3% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 10 settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Metro 2033: Performance increased by 5.1% at 1920×1080 when using Very High settings and Advanced PhysX.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat: Performance increased by 4.4% at 2560×1600 when using Extreme settings.
  • Shogun 2: Total War: Performance increased by 4% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI

Results & Benchmark Settings:

  • Batman: Arkham City: Performance increased by 6.4% at 2560×1600 when using Very High detail settings, Tessellation High, and 4xMSAA.
  • Battlefield 3: Performance increased by 5.1% at 1920×1080 when using High settings in a single-player Paris benchmark.
  • Civilization V: Performance increased by 14.8% at 1920×1200 in a late-game benchmark using max DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Performance increased by 8.3% at 1680×1050 when using max DirectX 11 settings.
  • DiRT 3: Performance increased by 13.3% at 1920×1080 when using Ultra DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Dragon Age 2: Performance increased by 4.1% at 1920×1080 when using max settings.
  • Far Cry 3: Performance increased by 6.9% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings.
  • Just Cause 2: Performance increased by 10.5% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 10 settings and 4xMSAA.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat: Performance increased by 3.4% at 2560×1600 when using Extreme settings.
  • Shogun 2: Total War: Performance increased by 4.3% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
GeForce GTX 660

Results & Benchmark Settings:

  • Batman: Arkham City: Performance increased by 5.1% at 2560×1600 when using Very High detail settings, Tessellation High, and PhysX High.
  • Civilization V: Performance increased by 8.9% at 2560×1600 in a late-game benchmark using max DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
  • DiRT 3: Performance increased by 3.4% at 1920×1080 when using Ultra DirectX 11 settings and 8xMSAA.
  • Dragon Age 2: Performance increased by 4% at 1920×1080 when using max settings and 8xMSAA.
  • Far Cry 3: Performance increased by 8.7% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings.
  • Shogun 2: Total War: Performance increased by 3.8% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.
GeForce GTX 660 SLI

Results & Benchmark Settings:

  • Batman: Arkham City: Performance increased by 5.7% at 2560×1600 when using Very High detail settings, Tessellation High, and 4xMSAA.
  • Battlefield 3: Performance increased by 4% at 1920×1080 when using High settings in a single-player Paris benchmark.
  • Civilization V: Performance increased by 13.6% at 1920×1200 in a late-game benchmark using max DirectX 11 settings.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Performance increased by 4.5% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings and FXAA High.
  • DiRT 3: Performance increased by 10.7% at 1920×1080 when using Ultra DirectX 11 settings.
  • Far Cry 3: Performance increased by 6.6% at 1680×1050 when using max DirectX 11 settings.
  • Just Cause 2: Performance increased by 9.7% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 10 settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Metro 2033: Performance increased by 3.7% at 1680×1050 when using Very High settings, Depth of Field, Advanced PhysX, and 4xMSAA.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat: Performance increased by 5% at 1920×1080 when using Extreme settings and 4xMSAA.
  • Shogun 2: Total War: Performance increased by 3.7% at 1920×1080 when using max DirectX 11 settings and 4xMSAA.

New SLI Profiles

As always, our new driver includes new and updated SLI profiles for today’s top titles, maximizing multi-GPU performance.

  • Crysis 3 – Updated SLI profile
  • DmC: Devil May Cry – Added SLI profile
  • Warframe – Updated SLI profile

New 3D Vision Profiles

And finally, if you’re running a 3D Vision system, 314.07 WHQL adds an ‘Excellent’ Crysis 3 profile that you’ll definitely want to install.

  • Crysis 3 – Rated Excellent
  • Dead Space 3 – Rated Poor
  • Resident Evil 6 – Rated Good

You can download the GeForce 314.07 WHQL drivers with one click from the GeForce.com homepage.