NVIDIA has released its latest driver update, version 461.72 WHQL. This latest driver is a Game Ready driver for the Outriders Demo. It also resolves a few known issues and includes a security update.
This driver also introduces support for NVIDIA’s latest GPU’s, the RTX 3060, NVIDIA CMP 40HX, and the NVIDIA CMP 30HX.
What’s New in Version 461.72 WHQL
GeForce Game Ready Driver
Game Ready Drivers provide the best possible gaming experience for all major new releases. Prior to a new title launching, our driver team is working up until the last minute to ensure every performance tweak and bug fix is included for the best gameplay on day-1.
Game Ready for Outriders Demo
This new Game Ready Driver provides support for the Outriders demo, NVIDIA DLSS in Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition and Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, and NVIDIA Reflex in Rainbow Six Siege.
- Includes support for GeForce RTX 3060 GPU.
New Features and Other Changes
Added support for the following GPUs.
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
- NVIDIA CMP 40HX
- NVIDIA CMP 30HX
Behavior Change in NvEncCreateBitstreamBuffer API of Video Codec SDK
In the NVIDIA driver, Release 415 and later, the behavior of the Video Codec SDK API (NvEncCreateBitstreamBuffer) has been changed to return NV_ENC_ERR_UNIMPLEMENTED instead of NV_ENC_SUCCESS when the encoder instance is configured to run in the motion estimation-only mode. As an indirect consequence of this change, the AppEncME sample application from the Video Codec SDK prior to SDK version 8.2.16 will crash due to a bug in the NvEncoder class.The latest version of the SDK fixes this bug that affects the AppEncME sample application. NVIDIA recommends downloading the latest version from https://developer.nvidia.com/nvidia-video-codec-sdk.
Crescent Bay and OSVR Headsets on Multiple GPU Systems
With Release 367 and future NVIDIA drivers, Crescent Bay and Open Source Virtual Reality development kit headsets will not work with VRWorks Direct Mode in systems that contain GPUs from multiple vendors (for example, NVIDIA and Intel). For such systems, please disable the Intel integrated graphics (from the system BIOS) in order to use Direct Mode.
Changes and Fixed Issues in Version 461.72
The following sections list the important changes and the most common issues resolved in this version. This list is only a subset of the total number of changes made in this driver version. The NVIDIA bug number is provided for reference.
Fixed Issues in this Release
- [G-SYNC][Edge of Eternity/Hitman 2]: The games experience stutter and low FPS when using hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling in windowed mode. 
- [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. 
- [The Isle]: Freestyle is not supported for the game. 
- [VIndictus][GeForce Experience]: The game cannot be recorded. 
- [X4: Foundations][Vulkan]: The application crashes when launched on Windows 10 (Version 1803). 
- Wallpaper Engine app may crash on startup or upon resume from sleep. 
- [Blu-ray][HDMI]: Flickering occurs in Blu-ray playback when played over HDMI. 
- Several desktop applications flicker when Vertical Sync is set to the default “Use the 3D application setting”. 
- [Ampere]: Chrome/Edge may experience random TDR while browsing.
- LG CX OLED TVs (2020) are not recognized as G-SYNC Compatible displays.
- [Surround][RTX 30 series] PC may display “no signal” message when enabling NVIDIA Surround. 
- [Notebook]: On some Notebooks, the ‘Maximum Graphics Power’ information missing in the NVIDIA Control Panel > System Information page. 
Open Issues in Version 461.72 WHQL
As with every released driver, version 461.72 WHQL of the Release 460 driver has open issues and enhancement requests associated with it. This section includes lists of issues that are either not fixed or not implemented in this version. Some problems listed may not have been thoroughly investigated and, in fact, may not be NVIDIA issues. Others may have workaround solutions.
Windows 10 Issues
- Some desktop applications may flicker or stutter when resizing the window on some PC configurations .
- [Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege][Advanced Optimus]: The game may crash while launching. 
- [GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER]: Random flickering may appear across the top of the monitor on some PC configurations. 
- [World of Warcraft: Shadowlands]: Random flicker may occur in certain locations in the game 
- [Supreme Commander/Supreme Commander 2]: The games experience low FPS. 
- [Batman Arkham Knight]: The game crashes when turbulence smoke is enabled. 
- [Steam VR game]: Stuttering and lagging occur upon launching a game while any GPU hardware monitoring tool is running in the background. 
- [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. 
- [YouTube]: Video playback stutters while scrolling down the YouTube page. 
- [Notebook]: Some Pascal-based notebooks w/ high refresh rate displays may randomly drop to 60Hz during gameplay. 
Issues Not Caused by NVIDIA Drivers
This section lists issues that are not due to the NVIDIA driver as well as features that are not meant to be supported by the NVIDIA driver.
Cross-adapter Clone Mode
Under Windows 10, clone mode across graphics processors is handled by the Windows OS, and not by the NVIDIA driver. Consequently, there are no controls for cross-adapter clone mode in the NVIDIA Control Panel under Windows 10.
Functionality of some display controls in the NVIDIA Control Panel may be affected if cross-adapter clone mode is enabled through the Windows Control Panel. In this case, use the Windows Control Panel to adjust display settings.
Because cross-adapter clone mode is handled by the Windows 10 OS, there are no display controls in the NVIDIA Control Panel if no display is connected to the NVIDIA GPU on Optimus notebooks.
Windows 7 Considerations
Under Windows 7, the default settings are not applied when a new display is hotplugged, and there is no message balloon alert stating that a new display was detected. All display connection and detection events are handled through the Windows 7 Connecting and Configuring Displays (CCD) mechanism.
Operating System Issues
- [Windows 10 Fall Creators Update][HDTV]: 12 bpc is automatically applied even on HDTVs that support only 8 bpc, resulting in a scrambled display. To work around, open the NVIDIA Control Panel->Change Resolution page, select “Use NVIDIA color settings”, then set the Output color depth to 8 bpc.
- When upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8, the system fails to retrieve the installed WHQL display driver.