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NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 471.96 WHQL driver is available and ready for download

Nvidia's Game Ready Drivers promise the best possible gaming experience on day one and we're excited for the new release.

Nvidia’s GeForce 471.96 is the first driver to support Windows 11 and it will be the last one to support Kelper GPUs and Windows 7.The new driver fixes several known issues to improve stability and reduce the system crashes.

What’s new?

The new driver adds support for Windows 11 as well as for CUDA 11.4. The security updates for driver components have also been added for 471.41 version and later. Check out Nvidia’s security bulletin here for full details of security updates.

In addition to the security updates, the new driver update also brings support for the new Windows Display Driver Model 3.0 (WDDM 3.0) on Windows 11, which will be necessary for an improved GUI in WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux).

Nvidia has also added support for six new G-Sync compatible displays, two of which are OLED. G-Sync already supports a rage of monitors and displays, with the six new additions listed below. For further details of display compatibility by manufacturer, resolution and size, Nvidia has a full list of supported displays.


Manufacturer Model HDR Size LCD Type Resolution VRR Range
EVE Spectrum ES07D03 Yes 27 IPS 3840x2160 (4K) 48-144Hz
Lenovo G27Q-20 Yes 27 IPS 2560x1440 (QHD) 48-165Hz
MSI MAG321QR Yes 32 IPS 2560x1440 (QHD) 48-165Hz
Philips OLED806 Yes 48 OLED 3840x2160 (4K) 48-120Hz
ViewSonic XG250 Yes 24.5 IPS 1920x1080 (FHD) 48-240Hz
Xiaomi O77M8-MAS Yes 77 OLED 3840x2160 (4K) 48-120Hz


It’s important to note that with the new update, the 1280 X 1024 at 60Hz is not available on BenQ FP241W Monitors. Although the extended display identification data lists the above settings as functional, the screen will turn black when attempting to use a HDMI connection. The issue here is with the monitor rather than the driver, and due to the issue, Nvidia driver will block the problem mode/source, thus making it unavailable.

If you have a BenQ FP241W, an upgrade may be worth considering. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our [how to choose a gaming monitor link].

The optimal setting support has been added for even more games and new releases. Nvidia already has setting support for 1000s of games and the new update adds the following:

  • Aliens: Fireteam Elite
  • Bless Unleashed
  • Blood of Heroes
  • Car Mechanic Simulator 2021
  • Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!
  • Draw & Guess
  • Faraday Protocol
  • Final Fantasy
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Ghost Hunters Corp
  • Golf With Your Friends
  • GrandChase
  • Humankind
  • King's Bounty II
  • Madden NFL 22
  • Mini Motorways
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Quake Remastered
  • Supraland
  • The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
  • The Walking Dead: Onslaught
  • Yakuza 4 Remastered
  • Yakuza 5 Remastered

According to Nvidia, their team seeks to have the most popular releases optimised and supported on day one, so update the drivers if you’re looking to get the Faraday Protocol on the 12th August, or if you can’t wait to get into the action with Aliens: Fireteam Elite. We are looking forward to Pack 4 Blood here at CCLonline, which the new driver will also support.

What’s been fixed?

The most common issues from previous driver versions have been resolved with this update. Below points are from the Nvidia’s official patch notes:

  • DPC latency is higher when colour mode is set to 8-bit colour compared to 10-bit colour. [3316424]
  • Unable to detect supported display modes for the Samsung Odyssey G9 display [3332327]
  • Blue-screen crash/reboot loop occurs when two Samsung Odyssey G9 displays @ 240Hz are connected. [3256732]
  • NVDisplay.Container.exe constantly writes data to C:\ProgramData\NVIDIA Corporation\nvtopps\nvtopps.db3. [3350171]
  • [Windows 11][Notebook]: With the graphics mode set to Hybrid, the GPU frequently wakes up while idle. [3345922]
  • [CUDA][Turing/Volta GPUs]: Stability issues with Topaz Denoise AI. [200755368]

Known issues and HDR solutions for gaming


Below are the current known issues with the new driver that you should be aware of before downloading, as well as possible fixes for the problems you may encounter. If you notice other issues, Nvidia encourages feedback.

  • [Deathloop][HDR]: TDR/corruption occurs in the game with Windows HDR enabled. If this issue occurs, toggle the Windows HDR setting.
  • [NVIDIA Control Panel]: After over installing the driver using express install when GPU scaling is enabled, the 0.59x upscaling factor is missing from the NVIDIA Control Panel scaling resolution list (Display > Change Resolution page).
  • To work around, disable and then re-enable GPU scaling. Alternatively, perform a clean driver installation.
  • [Battlefield V][DirectX 12]: The game may crash with HDR enabled. [3353767]
  • To work around, enable HDR from the Windows display settings before launching the game.
  • [YouTube]: Video playback stutters while scrolling down the YouTube page. [3129705]
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 may display graphical artifacts. [200754013]
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed may crash on courses where players drive through water. [3338967]

The HDR issues with gaming have been noted by Nvidia. Although they’re rare, as dynamic HDR switching works fine, if you’re having issues with HDR settings on an application-to-application bases, check out Nvidia’s fixes for more information.

In terms of problems with HDR while gaming, the main issue is the mismatch between the Windows HDR setting and the game’s HDR setting. For fixes, you may try the following:

  • If the in-game mode is set to SDR, then turn the Windows HDR?Off.
  • If the in-game mode is set to HDR, then turn the Windows HDR?On.

NvIFR OpenGL support is at an end

The v 470 release will be the last driver to support NvIFR OpenGL functionality, thus all support for it will be discontinued. This means that NvIFR files, documentation and samples are removed from the NVIDIA Capture SDK 7.1.9 release. The future release, according to the patch notes, will remove NvIFR.dll including any other mentions of NvIFR. For more info on accelerated video encoding and decoding, check out the NVIDIA Video Codec SDK.

You can download the new driver via Nvidia’s GeForce Experience app or directly from theNVIDIA site. It is recommended that you update the driver if you’re running or using the dev version of Windows 11.