GeForce DirectX 12 Drivers for Windows 10 Now WHQL-Certified

by Sean Pelletier

It’s a not-so-hidden secret. Game developers will let you know a game isn’t fully polished by calling it an “alpha” or “beta.” But once a game launches, there shouldn’t be anything “beta” about it. Gamers expect it to work.

We feel the same way about our graphics. We don’t want gamers beta testing our work when they play their games for the first time. So we created GeForce Game Ready drivers.

We release Game Ready drivers at or before each major game launch. And one of best ways to ensure they possess the highest level of quality is to secure certification from Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Qualification Lab (WHQL).

As the launch of Windows 10 and DirectX 12 nears, our GeForce drivers have taken a major step forward: WHQL certification has arrived.

It’s no small task. Next to the operating system, the graphics driver is one of the most complex pieces of code on a PC.

We worked closely with Microsoft to develop the new DX12 standard. And that effort has paid off with day-one WHQL certification.

Windows 10 DirectX 12 games
Every major game released since 2014 has had a Game Ready driver.

Great Games, Great Drivers, Great Gaming

It’s already been a phenomenal year for gaming. Among the incredible titles launched this year: Dying Light, Evolve, Total War: Attila, Battlefield: Hardline, Grand Theft Auto V and Project Cars.

We’ve had a GeForce Game Ready WHQL-certified driver for each and every title. Go back a year earlier and the same is true: Every major game launch of 2014 was accompanied by a WHQL-certified Game Ready driver.

More blockbuster titles are on the horizon. As are games using the new DirectX 12 API, which Microsoft reports is seeing rapid adoption.

We’re working on DX12 on many fronts. Our engineers are providing drivers, working with game engine providers, and co-developing with Microsoft. We’re also helping game developers deploy their DX12 titles.

GeForce has been the GPU of choice for key DX12 demos from Microsoft since the API was announced. Combining the world’s fastest GPU hardware with a high-quality graphics driver made for the perfect showcase for the next-generation features of Windows 10 and DirectX 12.

Event Showcase Demo GPU Used
GDC 2014 1st DX12 Game Demo Forza DX12 GeForce GTX TITAN Black
GDC 2015 1st Confirmed DX12 Game Demo Fable Legends DX12 GeForce GTX 980
BUILD 2015 1st 4-way SLI DX12 Demo WITCH CHAPTER 0 [cry] DX12 4 x GeForce GTX TITAN X
BUILD 2015 1st CryEngine DX12 Demo King of Wushu DX12 GeForce GTX 980
BUILD 2015 1st Explicit Multiadapter DX12 Demo Unreal Engine Race DX12 GeForce + Integrated


Plus, our Maxwell and Kepler GPU architectures already support DX12, with support for Fermi coming later.

Windows 10 and DirectX 12 are coming fast. GeForce gamers are Game Ready!

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  • Thales Magno

    “It’s a not-so-hidden secret. Game developers will let you know a game isn’t fully polished by calling it an “alpha” or “beta.” But once a game launches, there shouldn’t be anything “beta” about it. Gamers expect it to work. ” The Project Cars Devs should read it. 😀

  • Dan Danner

    Great marketing piece, thanks Nvidia!

  • LogiForce

    Works fine on PC for me (GTX970 and GTX480 and GTX470 on i7 2600k), which is the only domain nVidia is operating in. Consoles are fully AMD powered, and it shows in my opinion.
    It’s AMD that assumed Project CARS wouldn’t be a success and did not optimize their drivers for it.

    Also gameplay wise the PC version, which is the only version tested by WMD members, works fine except small things. The console versions are painful indeed, but the devs are working non-stop to fix the issues. Working with external testing parties slows down the release of an update though.

  • Michael

    So my MSI 970 OC can with this?

  • fgsdg

    but all games run under dx11 with this driver, how run it under dx12?

  • Zeratul

    Yhea bro!

  • Aleksi

    You can’t, no game supports dx12 yet.

  • fgsdg

    i know it,so pictures of games in this article dont have sense because don’t support dx12

  • Uno

    Actually the represent the games they made game ready drivers for, has nothing to do with DX12 though, but the picture fits in the story that way… DX12 games, really hope to see more cores on my CPU being used, didn’t get an I7 to let it slack…

  • watz97

    Under the game pictures there was “Every major game released since 2014 has had a Game Ready driver”, they were not saying those games supported DX12, they were talking about how useful the game ready drivers have been until now and that they wish to keep bringing the costumer a great gaming experience…

  • Patryk

    How stable is windows 10?


    whql yet broken VRAM count and bad performance on some games such as shadow of mordor and fifa 15

  • greig
  • Thales Magno

    I use PC (GTX 780 i7 4770 16 gb Ram) and a WMD member since 2009.
    My performance is great and i am loving the game. But there are bugs that should be fixed before release. Im not secure if i can go deep in career mode whitout having to restart it. I just think they should wait a little longer for releasing it. 🙂

  • Loh Yan Bin

    Besides,win10 didn’t release yet after all ,how can i get a DX12 driver from nvidia ?i software still maintain the win 8.1

  • Loh Yan Bin

    Besides, win10 didn’t release yet after all ,how can i get a DX 12 driver from nvidia plus i don’t even know yet when it’s gonna release .

  • Ryan Grobe

    My GTX 970 and i5 4670K are fine with the game, however the only issue I’ve seen is my bro’s older dual core CPU can’t seem to handle the game even with an AMD R9 270X to back it up.

  • Ryan Grobe

    Oh yeah, I’m averaging 80-150 FPS depending on the scene and weather settings, lower if there are a lot of AI on the track.

  • Maysin Bell

    Been running Windows 10 Preview for a few months. No problems.

  • Кристиян Атанасов

    I already heard that DX12 will be a some kind of revolution, because it will literally unload all the heavy work from the CPU and will complitely transfer it to the GPU. Correct me if I’m wrong. So I wanna ask if my DX11 card 750 Ti will be able to manage DX12 games only with the coresponding DX and driver updates?

  • alexsteh

    Hmm, I tried installing these drivers on latest Win 10 but I keep getting Error 43 after reboot (Asus Strix GTX 970)

    “old” game-ready GTA V drivers for Windows 8.1 works fine.

  • xHDx

    No issues at all, and I’ve had it for about 3 months now. It works fine. The only bugs I find are with Edge (Pj Spartan).

  • King

    when i installed this driver , my resolution stuck on 1k , idk why help plz:(

  • TacoDeBoss

    Theoretically, yes. Any GPU that can handle DX11 can handle DX12, or so they claim.

  • Anonymous

    It is a Yes. DX12 doesn’t have any physical modification or gpu implentation . Just a driver.

  • James

    If I plays with Dyrekt Ex Twelve, I iz gunna get gud GWAFIKZ!!!

    This is what I say to myself everytime I read these articles.

  • kontis

    You are wrong. It has nothing to do with transferring heavy work from CPU to GPU. It will make the communication between CPU and GPU (“Hey GPU, I’m one of the CPU cores, here is the list of what to render in this frame!”) literally 10x better.

    Dx12 also offers explicit control for the game/engine devs, so hopefully drivers won’t so bugged and bloated anymore (because they will be much less complicated and there will be more code in the actual game instead).

  • TameikaRMiranda

    ★✩★✩$77 /hr 0n the computer@me16//


  • Lloyd Franklin

    You can download the Windows 10 preview.

  • HerveS94

    Thank you nvidia, i am looking forward to a smooth migration to windows 10 this summer.

  • JuanCarlosC

    Driver por 525M ???

  • Sir_Brizz

    I have the same card and the driver works fine for me.

  • letmehavefun

    Will Google Maps support DirectX 12? I think DirectX 12 is alot faster than AMD Mantle.

  • shishimaru

    Any way to make this work on Fermi (5xx)? I really need this and this is just… meh.

  • Joe Gunawan DP-AC

    Yikes! This new driver severely crashes my Gigabyte p35 laptop with Geforce 765M whenever I open up Adobe Premiere CC 2014 or DaVinci Resolve. The freeze is so bad that the only way to get out of it is by restarting my laptop via the power button!

    I need help here, or else I have to downgrade to an earlier driver =(

    – Joe

  • random

    Somebody in amd should read it!
    There was no driver update from december of last year. More than 5 months passed! Only “betas” that I don’t want to try and use.

  • Pseudonimo Anónimo

    So, that means that an 750 ti will work with DX12?

  • Orange Barry

    Only problem is …
    You install game ready driver for gta 5 and it doesnt work on witcher 3 and witcher 3 driver wont work on watchdogs .So then you have to keep reinstalling drivers every time you switch between games.Will nvidia ever release a universal driver that runs all games ?
    I dont think so!!!

  • Luke Antra

    if that happens to you then you have some kind of problem on your side

  • Orange Barry

    Please explain?

  • Jay Faulk

    Microsoft and Project Red Studios recently said that Project Cars will see at least a 40% boost in performance with the use of DX12……… Just waiting for the support to be applied….

  • Andy

    error on elite dangerous dxgmms2.sys frezze and BSOD please fix

  • Gary_Rainville

    @goldenboy77, we’ll be releasing a new driver
    before Windows 10 is released but don’t have an exact ETA at this time.

  • Atonnis

    The 352.84 drivers for Windows 10 give me BSOD’s across the board with a number of games, whereas the Win 8.1 64-bit drivers 347.88 work just fine.

    Can anyone suggest a way – without disabling all Windows Updates – of stopping the Windows Update service from installing these crash-inducing 352.84 drivers? EVERY time I revert back, WU quietly suddenly installs the dodgy ones right in front of my face – sometimes even mid-game! It’s f-ing annoying!

    Yes, I know some people are going to be finnicky and say it’s a Windows problem not an nvidia one – but the fact is that these are nvidia drivers that have been released as reliable, and they aren’t. A shocking lapse from a company I’ve previously trusted with their driver updates and never had problems before.

    Finally, I also don’t care that it’s a Windows Insider Preview build (10130 at the time of writing) – if you release what you say are reliable Windows 10 drivers then they should damn well work with the latest build without having me fussing around running memory scans and all sorts when it’s the driver that is the cause of the BSOD’s all along.