When it comes to graphics cards, the hardware itself is only part of the performance equation and well-designed software to complement it is almost as important. Drivers help enable various features within the hardware itself, reducing overhead, among other things. Here’s a clear example where one of Intel’s recent Arch drivers boosted the performance of games on older APIs by close to 80 percent. New games like NFS Unbound saw twice the performance. Here are two more examples, this time from AMD where DirectX 11 and OpenGL got huge performance boosts.
Recently, Nvidia emphasized the release frequency of its WHQL-signed display drivers, which shows how much better its release cycle is compared to Intel and AMD. The Green Team not only boasted the most frequent WHQL drivers, but also supported a large number of sports.
And now, Nvidia is taking that driver development gap to the next level. According to a new report from CapFrameX, the company is reportedly working on integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into its display driver optimization process. Rumor has it that the first such drivers will reportedly be released in Q1 of the same year, and it could deliver up to 30% improvement with an average of around 10%.
[Rumor] Nvidia is working on AI optimized drivers. May be released this year (Q1).
▶️ Up to 30% more performance
▶️ Average improvement ~10%
▶️ No information about specific genes.
Take it with a grain of salt. If only real Nvidia drivers would be real “fine wine”. pic.twitter.com/QGTUL9iK7N
— CapFrameX (@CapFrameX) January 8, 2023
The report is currently unconfirmed, but it’s not entirely likely either. AI has been at the forefront of Nvidia’s recent innovations and the technology in general is gradually becoming mainstream. So, if true, Nvidia could significantly outpace Intel and AMD, at least not until the latter come up with their own similar solutions.
On a somewhat related topic of optimization, there’s good news for AMD Ryzen users as the company recently confirmed more Windows 11 optimizations, at least for its new Ryzen 7000X3D chips.