NVIDIA RTX 30 GPUs Now Up to 20% Faster in Cyberpunk 2077, 24% Faster in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Even though the next-gen GeForce RTX 4090 has just been launched and the RTX 4080 on the way, NVIDIA has continued to add driver optimizations for existing RTX 30 series GPU. The latest driver update (522.25 WHQL) brings substantial performance boosts in DirectX 12 titles that suffered from poor CPU overhead and API bottlenecks.

The most notable mentions are Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Cyberpunk 2077. The former is known for exhibiting poor performance on NVIDIA graphics cards while the latter has simply been too taxing on existing hardware. The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti was 24% faster at 1080p when running Valhalla and 20% in Cyberpunk 2077. Below is the list of games benefiting most from the update:

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: up to 24% (1080p)
  • Battlefield 2042: up to 7% (1080p)
  • Borderlands 3: Up to 8% (1080p)
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard: up to 12% (4K)
  • Control: up to 6% (4K)
  • Cyberpunk 2077: up to 20% (1080p)
  • F1 22: up to 17% (4K)
  • Far Cry 6: up to 5% (1440p)
  • Forza Horizon 5: up to 8% (1080P)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition: up to 8% (4k)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: up to 7% (1080p)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: up to 5% (1080p)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: up to 5% (1080p)
  • Watch Dogs: Legion: up to 9% (1440p)

It’s worth noting that while this driver improves the performance of all RTX GPUs in DirectX 12 titles, the RTX 30 series parts will benefit the most. These optimizations have been derived from improved Resizable BAR profiles, better CPU overhead, and faster shader compilation time. As you may have already observed, CPU-bound games see the highest gains.


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