NVIDIA has released its first Game Ready Driver of 2021. Version 461.09 is relatively low-key compared to the company’s other driver releases, which traditionally come with day-one support for new games, but the latest update does fix numerous issues that affect older GeForce graphics cards. These include the GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GeForce RTX 1080 Ti, the latter of which suffered from potential system freezes and/or flickering on the desktop. NVIDIA’s Game Ready Driver 461.09 also addresses incorrect black levels on LG OLED TVs when HDR is enabled.

Changes and Fixed Issues in Version 461.09

Fixed Issues in this Release

  • [GeForce Experience]: The FPS counter is activated and the overlay appears on Windows Mail and Calendar applications.[200682565]
  • [GeForce GTX 750 Ti]: Blue-screen crash (UNEXPECTED KERNEL MODE TRAP) may occur.[3196164]
  • [GeForce GTX 1080 Ti]: The desktop screen may flicker. [3200599]
  • [GeForce GTX 1080 Ti]: The system may freeze with the screen displaying as solid color. [3203038]
  • [HDR]: With HDR enabled, black levels are incorrect, notably on LG OLED TVs. [200682795/3201305]
  • [Notebook][Lenovo Y740]: The notebook displays corruption after waking from sleep. [3178279]
  • Blue-screen crash (0x116) may occur upon resuming from sleep mode when three 4k monitors are connected. [3054239/3195884]

Open Issues in Version 461.09 WHQL

Windows 10 Issues

  • [X4: Foundations][Vulkan]: The game may crash on GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs. [3220107]
  • [X4: Foundations][Vulkan]: HUD in the game is broken. [3169099]
  • [Batman Arkham Knight]: The game crashes when turbulence smoke is enabled. [3202250]
  • [Detroit: Become Human]: The game randomly crashes. [3203114]
  • [Steam VR game]: Stuttering and lagging occur upon launching a game. [3152190]
  • [G-SYNC][NVIDIA Ampere/Turing GPU architecture]: GPU power consumption may increase in idle mode on systems using certain higher refresh-rate G-SYNC monitors. [200667566]
  • [YouTube]: Video playback stutters while scrolling down the YouTube page. [3129705]
  • [Notebook]: Some Pascal-based notebooks w/ high refresh rate displays may randomly drop to 60Hz during gameplay. [3009452]
  • [G-Sync][Vulkan Apps]: Performance drop occurs when using G-SYNC and switching from full-screen mode to windowed mode using the in-game settings. [200681477] To workaround, either launch the game in windowed mode directly or disable G-SYNC.
  • [GeForce RTX 3070][Clone Mode]: When the resolution is set to 2560×1440 @ 144Hz, the performance state is stuck at maximum performance. [200678414]
  • [NVIDIA Turing or later][Windows Movies and TV Player]: When playing a 4k video in fullscreen mode on a 2560×1440 HDR monitor, the video extends beyond the edge of the screen. [3186830]

NVIDIA’s latest Game Ready Driver can be downloaded from its driver page or through the company’s companion application, GeForce Experience. The release notes for version 461.09 can be accessed here.

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29 Comments

  1. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 26935, member: 215″]
    Wow to think in a few days I won’t need to worry about these releases any longer. πŸ˜‰
    [/QUOTE]
    Yeah.. You’ll be blowing through AMD Releases monthly πŸ˜‰

  2. [QUOTE=”Space_Ranger, post: 26941, member: 52″]
    Yeah.. You’ll be blowing through AMD Releases monthly πŸ˜‰
    [/QUOTE]

    Until I get another nvidia card. I hold no allegiance. Just get what I can get that fits the perceived need I have.

  3. Having come from a 5700 XT, the driver was relatively solid for me in the games I played.. I don’t think you’re gonna have a problem, but the chance is always there.. πŸ™‚

  4. I’ve had fewer driver issues on my Polaris-based machines than I have my Maxwell based machine…

  5. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 26946, member: 96″]
    I’ve had fewer driver issues on my Polaris-based machines than I have my Maxwell based machine…
    [/QUOTE]

    Neither company is guilt free on releasing crap drivers. I’ve seen Nvidia drivers throw systems into bluescreen loops to where they have to restore a previously known good version to get back up and operational. And I’ve seen AMD drivers cause the strange black screen issues. Both have had their problems and when discovered both resolved them in short order.

  6. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 26947, member: 215″]
    Neither company is guilt free on releasing crap drivers. I’ve seen Nvidia drivers throw systems into bluescreen loops to where they have to restore a previously known good version to get back up and operational. And I’ve seen AMD drivers cause the strange black screen issues. Both have had their problems and when discovered both resolved them in short order.
    [/QUOTE]
    Oh I totally agree.. but it does chafe a bit when I still see the old “AMD Drivers Sux” thrown around with no real justification, while nVidia crap drivers get a pass – “Oh they fix it soon enough”. AMD drivers have been pretty stable for a bit now. That’s a separate issue from lacking features though…

  7. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 26947, member: 215″]
    Neither company is guilt free on releasing crap drivers. I’ve seen Nvidia drivers throw systems into bluescreen loops to where they have to restore a previously known good version to get back up and operational. And I’ve seen AMD drivers cause the strange black screen issues. Both have had their problems and when discovered both resolved them in short order.
    [/QUOTE]
    I’ve only had one AMD GPU that entire rig got retired about a year after it got it. Did o.k. but had a few driver related issues.

    However, since 2015 I’ve noticed about one a year from NVIDIA that will do something unwanted. Sometimes badly enough that I’ll reinstall and older one. Here’s hoping this HDR ‘fix’ doesn’t actually make things worse for my LG. To me, it seemed fine to begin with.

  8. [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 26955, member: 87″]
    Here’s hoping this HDR ‘fix’ doesn’t actually make things worse for my LG. To me, it seemed fine to begin with.
    [/QUOTE]
    This is the one I’m curious about!

    [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 26950, member: 96″]
    Oh I totally agree.. but it does chafe a bit when I still see the old “AMD Drivers Sux” thrown around with no real justification, while nVidia crap drivers get a pass – “Oh they fix it soon enough”. AMD drivers have been pretty stable for a bit now. That’s a separate issue from lacking features though…
    [/QUOTE]
    I have an RX460 4GB card that’s been shifted into the paperweight pile for some time now. It’s about to get put to work in a Linux-first desktop, but it started life as a second GPU for my desktop for running too many extra monitors, did a stint in the Wife’s PC until it crashed Photoshop and Premiere too many times, spent a few week in a server for which AMD has [I][B]no [/B][/I]drivers, and now will be underpinning a Linux ‘workstation’.

    We’ll see.

  9. [QUOTE=”LazyGamer, post: 26971, member: 1367″]
    This is the one I’m curious about!

    I have an RX460 4GB card that’s been shifted into the paperweight pile for some time now. It’s about to get put to work in a Linux-first desktop, but it started life as a second GPU for my desktop for running too many extra monitors, did a stint in the Wife’s PC until it crashed Photoshop and Premiere too many times, spent a few week in a server for which AMD has [I][B]no [/B][/I]drivers, and now will be underpinning a Linux ‘workstation’.

    We’ll see.
    [/QUOTE]

    So I did a short search on RX 460 and issues with Adobe – does not seem to be a widespread problem – you sure it’s not a bad card or outmoded build issue? As far as Linux support … well, you kinda know what you are getting into when you jump on that bandwagon – everything is hit or miss depending on your distribution of choice and specific requirements once you go open source.

  10. You’d do better to search against AMD GPUs and Adobe. I found enough last I looked to steer me away from AMD APUs for my last laptop purchase.

  11. [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 26955, member: 87″]
    I’ve only had one AMD GPU that entire rig got retired about a year after it got it. Did o.k. but had a few driver related issues.

    However, since 2015 I’ve noticed about one a year from NVIDIA that will do something unwanted. Sometimes badly enough that I’ll reinstall and older one. Here’s hoping this HDR ‘fix’ doesn’t actually make things worse for my LG. To me, it seemed fine to begin with.
    [/QUOTE]
    Their one serious outstanding issue right now is stuttering in Steam VR games. It’s been an issue for at least 7 months.

  12. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a Nvidia driver related issue.

    But I stick to the Studio drivers so there’s that.

    AMD burned me with some Adobe software having major issues with their drivers , so I can’t go that way anymore. Just not worth it.

  13. [QUOTE=”Auer, post: 26987, member: 225″]
    I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a Nvidia driver related issue.

    But I stick to the Studio drivers so there’s that.

    AMD burned me with some Adobe software having major issues with their drivers , so I can’t go that way anymore. Just not worth it.
    [/QUOTE]

    Couple weeks ago for CP2077 was my last driver issue. Quickly fixed. Then about month or so ago with COD:BOCW. Quickly fixed.

  14. Just installed newest driver from Nvidia.. and within an hour… 1st bluescreen. We will see if it was just a teething issue or not. Either way I remove those drivers soon. πŸ™‚

  15. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 26991, member: 215″]
    Just installed newest driver from Nvidia.. and within an hour… 1st bluescreen. We will see if it was just a teething issue or not. Either way I remove those drivers soon. πŸ™‚
    [/QUOTE]
    I’m sure you’ve tried doing a DDU on the system, yes?

  16. [QUOTE=”Space_Ranger, post: 26993, member: 52″]
    I’m sure you’ve tried doing a DDU on the system, yes?
    [/QUOTE]

    Naaa no need in this case. I WILL be doing that of course. Seems stable since the bluescreen. Maybe it just REALLY needed a reboot. πŸ˜‰

  17. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 26994, member: 215″]
    Naaa no need in this case. I WILL be doing that of course. Seems stable since the bluescreen. Maybe it just REALLY needed a reboot. πŸ˜‰
    [/QUOTE]
    I always do a reboot regardless if it is needed or not after a driver update. Got into this habit because I have had some performance issues in the past without doing so.

  18. [QUOTE=”Armenius, post: 26996, member: 180″]
    I always do a reboot regardless if it is needed or not after a driver update. Got into this habit because I have had some performance issues in the past without doing so.
    [/QUOTE]
    I as well. Don’t know if the registry needed to update, some cache somewhere messing with things, something still in memory that shouldn’t be there, but I’ve seen the same. If it’s going to work correctly the reboot usually does the trick. I also know that after a reboot happens and the issue is still there then that means something else is now happening.

  19. I reboot as well. The only thing I don’t like with installing a new video driver is the loading shaders every time I want to play COD..lol

  20. I only done a DDU when switching from AMD to Nvidia, other than that had no need for it.
    I reboot, out of habit.

  21. [QUOTE=”Auer, post: 27076, member: 225″]
    I only done a DDU when switching from AMD to Nvidia, other than that had no need for it.
    I reboot, out of habit.
    [/QUOTE]
    I use DDU just out of habit. I like starting from clean slates when I make GPU changes on the same OS install. Reboots are also a mandatory as far as I’m concerned too, even though the install doesn’t require it.

  22. [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 27005, member: 87″]
    I as well. Don’t know if the registry needed to update, some cache somewhere messing with things, something still in memory that shouldn’t be there, but I’ve seen the same. If it’s going to work correctly the reboot usually does the trick. I also know that after a reboot happens and the issue is still there then that means something else is now happening.
    [/QUOTE]

    Some of my launchers (origin, battle.net) crash after updating drivers so I tend to reboot after doing so

    [QUOTE=”Space_Ranger, post: 27079, member: 52″]
    I use DDU just out of habit. I like starting from clean slates when I make GPU changes on the same OS install. Reboots are also a mandatory as far as I’m concerned too, even though the install doesn’t require it.
    [/QUOTE]

    You can also choose clean install from the nvidia installer though not suure how good it is, I only use DDU if I have issues after installing a new one

  23. [QUOTE=”Denpepe, post: 27081, member: 284″]
    You can also choose clean install from the nvidia installer though not suure how good it is, I only use DDU if I have issues after installing a new one
    [/QUOTE]
    Yeah, I never trusted that “clean” option. DDU hasn’t corrupted a single machine I’ve used it on, and it’s done it’s job very well…

  24. Well, I installed it on my 3070x/3090 rig and so far so good. One of those driver installs that even gives a notification about CP being reinstalled afterward. That doesn’t happen so often. I’ll let you know if I notice anything with HDR on the LG next weekend as I’m out of time for gaming this weekend now.

  25. [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 27105, member: 87″]
    Well, I installed it on my 3070x/3090 rig and so far so good. One of those driver installs that even gives a notification about CP being reinstalled afterward. That doesn’t happen so often. I’ll let you know if I notice anything with HDR on the LG next weekend as I’m out of time for gaming this weekend now.
    [/QUOTE]
    No problems with the 1080Ti either, or the 1650Ti in the laptop. Need to check my wife’s 1050Ti.

  26. On a side note I had no idea how many programs Nvidia installs. I had to reboot like 4 times just to Uninstall everything before I Uninstalled the drivers. Amd drivers went in clean and no complaints. Motherboard had a funky issue with disappearing nvme drives in the bios.

  27. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 27109, member: 215″]
    On a side note I had no idea how many programs Nvidia installs. I had to reboot like 4 times just to Uninstall everything before I Uninstalled the drivers. Amd drivers went in clean and no complaints. Motherboard had a funky issue with disappearing nvme drives in the bios.
    [/QUOTE]
    Yeah, it’s grown a lot over the last 5-6 years.

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