Grab Nvidia's new Baldur's Gate 3 driver for your GeForce GPU

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Nvidia has rolled out its latest Game Ready driver for its GeForce RTX graphics cards. Version 536.99 goes big on Baldur's Gate 3 support, with Nvidia claiming that enabling DLSS 2 boosts performance by an average of 93% across its latest RTX 40-series of GPUs.

Nvidia says the driver delivers "additional optimizations and enhancements to further improve the hundreds of hours you’ll spend playing this epic role-playing game."

By way of example, Nvidia's numbers show the RTX 4060 Ti increases from 35.5fps at 4K max settings to 77.9fps with DLSS 2 enabled. To be clear, that's the performance of the 4060 Ti with DLSS 2 either enabled or disabled. The new driver isn't doubling performance with the same settings.

Indeed, Nvidia isn't making any specific claims for performance increases with like-for-like settings. So, it's probable that the gains are modest. After all, Nvidia would be sure to shout about major step in pure driver-related performance.

Of course, DLSS 2 is compatible with both RTX 30- and RTX 20-series, too. So, there should be some good DLSS gains to be had with GPUs from both generations.

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That said, the RTX 20-series in particular has what are now pretty elderly Tensor Cores. So, we wouldn't expect the DLSS uplift to be quite as dramatic with those earliest of RTX-branded cards.

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Along with adding some polish to the Baldur's Gate 3 experience, the new Game Ready Driver 536.99 also buffs up performance and reliability in horror schlock The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and single-player adventure-strategy game Gord. Both games get the full DLSS 2 treatment.

Notably, all the noise across all three titles supported by the new driver concerns DLSS 2 support and notably not DLSS 3. So, there's no Frame Generation implementation for any of these games for now.

Incidentally, Baldur's Gate 3 is also now on Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud servers running on RTX 4080s delivering what Nvidia describes as a "flawless" 4K120Hz experience.

All of which means you now have even more reason to burn endless hours on Larian's epic D&D-derived adventure. You can download the new driver here.

Jeremy Laird
Hardware writer

Jeremy has been writing about technology and PCs since the 90nm Netburst era (Google it!) and enjoys nothing more than a serious dissertation on the finer points of monitor input lag and overshoot followed by a forensic examination of advanced lithography. Or maybe he just likes machines that go “ping!” He also has a thing for tennis and cars.