Nvidia releases new GPU driver 551.86, now available to download

Nvidia has released a new driver update for its GPUs, 551.86. This update provides the best gaming experience for new games that support the DLSS 3 technology, such as Horizon Forbidden West Complete Edition. The update also fixes some known issues with Hitman 3, which caused stutters in some Advanced ptimus notebooks.

As for the other changes, the new driver also fixes general bugs and application issues. As always, you can download the driver through GeForce Experience or through the official Download Page. For a more detailed changelog, check below.

Our latest Game Ready Driver primes your PC or laptop for Horizon Forbidden West Complete Edition. Featuring day-one support for DLSS 3, DLAA and Reflex, you’ll want to download and install our new driver for the definitive experience when using these technologies in the critically acclaimed game.

Our latest driver Game Ready Driver also includes support for the latest DLSS 3.5 update for Portal with RTX, which introduces DLSS Ray Reconstruction and NVIDIA RTX IO. Plus, there’s support for 11 G-SYNC Compatible gaming displays, and 2 new Optimal Settings, enabling you to jump into the latest games with a great performance and image quality, without the need to manually tweak settings.

Game Ready & Studio Driver 551.86 has been released.

Game Ready – This new Game Ready Driver provides the best gaming experience for the latest new games supporting DLSS 3 technology, including Horizon Forbidden West Complete Edition. Further support for new titles leveraging NVIDIA DLSS technology includes the latest DLSS 3.5 update for Portal with RTX which introduces DLSS Ray Reconstruction and NVIDIA RTX IO.

Applications – The March NVIDIA Studio Driver provides optimal support for the latest new creative applications and updates announced at NVIDIA GTC including Adobe Substance 3D Stager and Sampler features based on Adobe Firefly, OBS 30.1 YouTube HDR Beta, and NVIDIA Omniverse Audio2Face for iClone 8.

Fixed Gaming Bugs

  • [Advanced Optimus] Notebook may not wake up from sleep when in NVIDIA GPU only display mode [4454524]
  • [Hitman 3] Stutter observed in some Advanced Optimus notebooks [4443236]

Fixed Application Issues

  • SideFX Houdini: crashes when calling optixModuleCreateWithTasks [4500058]
  • Adobe Substance 3D Stager: Profile update for new executable [4501935]
  • Using NVENC to encode videos may result in corrupted videos or error message on GeForce GTX 16xx GPUs [4511046]

Fixed General Bugs

  • RTX HDR uses saturation and tone curve that matches Gamma 2.0 instead of 2.2 [4514298]
  • RTX Digital Vibrance incorrectly detects app as a supported app [4539617]
  • [Acer XZ272] When parsing the invalid EDID of the monitor, the PC will bugcheck/go into system reboot [4487078] (Not in Release Notes. Taken from GeForce Forum)

Open Issues

  • [Netflix] Display issues for videos when using Edge browser. Recommend using Windows Netflix application as workaround. [4388454]
  • GeForce GTX 10/RTX 20 series: PC may randomly freeze when Windows Hardware- Accelerated GPU Scheduling and NVIDIA SLI are both enabled [4009884]

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