NVIDIA claims superiority with its Game Ready drivers, jokes about sub-par beta drivers for competitors with multiple forks – VideoCardz.com 2022-04-26 13:11:00


NVIDIA: Our Drivers Are The Best

Today, NVIDIA launched a new campaign that explains the process for obtaining Game Ready Display Driver certification.

NVIDIA Game Ready Drivers in 2021 Source: NVIDIA

Since the introduction of Game Ready, NVIDIA has released 150 drivers that support more than 400 games. In 2021 alone, the company released 20 drivers supporting 75 titles, and NVIDIA isn’t slowing down, says Sean Pelletier (Senior Product Manager – Game Ready Drivers). Today, NVIDIA released a video and article explaining the Game Ready driver development process.

[NVIDIA GeForce] Get the best gaming experience with GeForce Game Ready Drivers (4000 views)

One of the main points of the video is testing and verification. NVIDIA performs 1,000 tests per day and spent 1.8 million hours of testing in 2021. NVIDIA has a large portfolio of desktop and mobile systems that perform automated testing of more than 4,500 GPU, CPU, RAM, and operating system configurations.

NVIDIA is really proud of the fact that every driver passes the Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) test. To obtain this certification, each driver is required to pass 1,300 rigorous tests.

NVIDIA Game Ready Driver WHQL Source: NVIDIA

NVIDIA claims to be the only GPU vendor that certifies every single driver. Here, NVIDIA deals with AMD, which usually releases non-WHQL drivers first:

[…] Once all this work is complete, we launch the driver via GeForce.com and GeForce Experience. And because Game Ready Driver and our promise of quality depend on all this work, We don’t release sub-par beta drivers with minimal testing, not to mention the many conflicting, forked beta drivers from different development branches supporting different games and products, confusing customers.

AMD is really slow to release WHQL drivers. The company releases frequent beta drivers that later update to WHQL, but this usually takes days, if not weeks. At the very least, the AMD driver provides support for desktop, laptop, and integrated GPUs, all in one package. This is something NVIDIA and Intel are having trouble with. NVIDIA has two packages for the desktop and laptop series, but there are also Studio drivers with optimizations for content creators, all of this can be combined into one driver. Meanwhile, Intel now has two separate driver branches for the Arc and pre-Xe iGPUs, each with a different version number.

NVIDIA takes the punches, too. Recently, Intel released its own Arc Control, a utility for game optimization, driver updates, and more, yet it doesn’t require any user account like NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience. AMD has just announced FidelityFX Super Sampling 2.0 technology that will become open source. This technology provides results similar, if not better, than NVIDIA DLSS 2.0. NVIDIA will either have to advance something more advanced, move to open source, or continue to work with game developers to ensure that Ultra HD technology is always available first.

The battle between NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel in the software space is only getting heated up and this video is proof of that. The three vendors are set to compete more in the coming months once Intel releases desktop GPUs and XeSS upgrade technology, while NVIDIA and AMD prepare for the next generation of GPUs. What is certain is that graphics drivers with 0 day optimizations will pay a big role when deciding which graphics card to buy.

source: nvidia