After the last 344.75 NVIDIA driver update, I thought maybe we might not get any more updates until the New Year. Certainly I wasn't expecting to move from the R343 category of drivers to R346, but today NVIDIA has done just that. This is also one of the rare instances where NVIDIA has released a beta driver this year; the last official beta came back in June with 340.43, after which NVIDIA had six straight WHQL updates. You can find the drivers at the usual place.

I have to be clear, however: NVIDIA's driver numbers can often be something of a mystery, and this is a great example. One look at the full release notes (PDF) and I have to ask: why is this 347.09 instead of 344.80? NVIDIA might know, but I asked and they're basically not telling. The jump in numbering would usually suggest at least some new feature, but if it exists it isn't explicitly listed anywhere. More likely it's something that will come with a future update, but then why bump the number in advance?

I also like how this is part of the "Release 346" branch, but it comes with a 347 major revision (similar to how the Release 343 drivers started with 344 numbering). Of course, you can find 343.xx and 346.xx drivers for Linux, so that at least explains the main branch labeling somewhat.

The main reason for the driver release appears to be getting a Game Ready driver for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, which was released yesterday for PCs. This is also a Game Ready driver for Elite: Dangerous apparently, which might seem a bit odd as Elite: Dangerous was already listed back with the 344.65 update; then again, the game was in early access for Kickstarters before, where now it has officially launched.

Other than being Game Ready for those two titles, the only other changes mentioned are some 3D profile updates, a new profile for Project CARS (apparently for developers and testers, as that game isn't due for release for another three months), and a few miscellaneous bug fixes. We haven't had a chance to do any testing of the new drivers, but NVIDIA didn't mention performance changes so I wouldn't expect much.

I should also note that the AMD Omega Drivers came out almost two weeks back, and I have done some testing of those. We had planned for a launch day article but due to sickness that has not yet been completed. I can report that the Omega drivers appear to be an improvement in performance or at least status quo for all of the games I tested, and a few titles (BioShock Infinite in particular) show a rather large performance increase. We will hopefully have the full write up posted shortly, but if you haven't updated I have found no reason to hold off doing so.

Source: NVIDIA

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  • wurizen - Saturday, December 20, 2014 - link

    I returned my original gtx 970 thinking it was a defect and since it also had coil whine. my second and current gtx 970 doesn't have coil whine and from a different manufacturer, but, still had the same DP issue. I am not completely sure and certain that it is Nvidia or actually the technology in Displayport itself, or if it is that and the combination with the monitor I am using? All I know is that the Displayport fuzzy screen and not detecting display is real with GTX 900 series owners. Just visit the Geforce and EVGA and other forums and you'll find a slew/horde of owners getting black screens related to Displayport issues. I never had any DP issues from my previous card, which was a GTX 680. The only reason why I can't fully point the finger at Nvidia is that my Macbook Pro also has weird oddities when I have it on DP. Although, the MBP does have Nvidia GT330m inside. Hmmm.... coincidence? Anyway, the oddity is not a complete black screen or no video signal issue. But, weird artifacts on the screen when I am working on it. I've switched to HDMI and this artifacting doesn't show up. The artifacts look like lines or tears on the screen when I am working in Pixelmatr and zooming in and out. It would appear then disappear. So, with this anecdotal experience in mind, there is something happening that shouldn't be happening when I am using DP on either the PC with GTX 970 or MBP with GT330m. I like to almost call it a NoVidia issue. Don't sue me NoVidia. Just stating facts! Reply
  • wurizen - Saturday, December 20, 2014 - link

    Oh, and I also bought a second DP cable! Same thing. I've since returned the cable since it didn't work. Or I'm sure it works but it didn't work for my setup as mentioned above. So, no dice getting a different DP cable, for me. Reply
  • Morawka - Saturday, December 20, 2014 - link

    nah a lot the people using the 3x Display port 900 series cards have this issue. I myself, have this issue, and when the display gets fuzzy, i turn the monitor off then on again, and all i get is black screens on all monitors.

    Its a known issue with 900 series cards
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  • B3an - Saturday, December 20, 2014 - link

    Still waiting for a detailed article about AMD's Omega driver. Reply
  • TheSlamma - Sunday, December 21, 2014 - link

    entitled much Reply

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