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The latest WHQL NVidia Driver update, 441.87, has a very nice new feature

Max Frame Rate

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It can be set in the Global Settings, or in the individual Program Profiles

Its nice because you do not need any other advanced tools to set this now, just use the NVidia Control Panel. Typical use is when you want to stop stuttering due to the FPS going higher than the monitor / screen refresh rate, I have a laptop monitor which natively has a refresh rate of 60hz, so setting a cap on FPS to 59 means I never get any occasional refresh stutters with games with VSync on.

Release notes in downloadable PDF Format - http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/441.87/441.87-win10-win8-win7-release-notes.pdf

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Forgot to mention :

Something else thats new - If you are like me and your laptop machine is restricted to DCH NVidia drivers as opposed to the standard ones, you no longer have to select them specifically on the NVidia Download site ..

https://www.nvidia.co.uk/Download/index.aspx?

In the Download type for Geforce drivers just selecting Game ready drivers, now includes DCH as part of the installer, which are auto used if your machine is detected as needing them

 

I think this went through some teething problems over the last six months, confusing the end users in some cases for a while, and I think it has to do with Microsoft needing signed drivers (or something similar complicating the picture) .. Anyway whatever the underlying issues were, they seem to have been resolved now to make our lives easier keeping on top of the latest graphics drivers.

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Max frame rate is a nice addition, albeit a loooooooooong awaited one. Some games (especially gamebryo games but also other older games like No one lives forever, HoMM5 and SIms 3) need to have the max frame rate set on a number.

I remember Sims 3 refusing to accept the Vsync ON and having some fps numbers to the 600s or more. The game would render everything and anything at excessively high frame rates actually melting your GPU however advanced it was. Only way to cap the max frame rate was with Nvidia Inspector or Nvidia Profile Editor. It's nice that the feature is made standard with this driver update.

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Vulkan API version 1.2 has been released :

https://www.khronos.org/news/press/khronos-group-releases-vulkan-1.2

https://www.khronos.org/vulkan/

 

I believe it will be included in NVidia Drivers version 441.99 and above (not currently available for my machine in the WHQL releases, but is in the beta drivers .. So probably going to be updated soon for WHQL)

https://developer.nvidia.com/vulkan-driver

 

I think its already available for AMD machines ..

https://gpuopen.com/vulkan-1-2-driver-available-latest-radeon-software-adrenalin-2020-edition-20-1-2/

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