A couple of updates from Nvidia- newly released GeForce 451.67 WHQL Game Ready driver and the inclusion of ‘Death Stranding’ RTX bundles. Since Death Stranding includes DLSS 2.0, Nvidia must have seen it as a good idea to incentivise RTX 20 series purchases. Of course, RTX 30 series is going to arrive which uses Ampere architecture. Leaks about the RTX 30 Ampere GPUs were pretty fragmented until now, that is if rumour and leaks are to be believed completely.
New driver, game support and a new bundle
As you’d expect, Nvidia rolled out Game Ready drives to keep its graphics cards optimized for the following AAA titles: Death Stranding, Horizon: Zero Dawn and F1 2020. As expected, this provides better performance optimizations, newer profile and game-specific bug fixes.
The RTX bundle to show off DLSS 2.0
Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete Edition for PC that’s sold via Steam and EPIC Games does not support RTX. But Death Stranding supports DLSS 2.0 (Deep Learning Super Sampling) with all the RTX graphics cards. To oversimplify, DLSS takes a lower resolution and upscales it to make it look like the intended resolution. This can be used only by RTX cards since it uses Tensor cores. So, it makes sense to sell RTX graphics cards bundled with Death Stranding for a limited time.
The Death Stranding RTX bundles include RTX graphics cards from the RTX 2060 to the RTX 2080 Ti. Nvidia said it also includes the promotion for newly purchased notebook and pre-built systems with RTX graphics. But the promos for pre-builts is likely to be limited to countries like the US and the UK. Of course, promotions like these are limited and game codes are provided on a first-come, first-serve.
The offer ends on July 29th and redeemable until August 31st. Death Stranding is ready to be released for PC via Steam on the July 14th.
GSync monitor compatibility, other optimization and fixes
The driver also includes support for three new G-Sync compatible monitors with VRR (Variable Refresh Rate). They are as follows:
Newly supported G-Sync compatible VRR Gaming monitors
|Manufacturer||Model||HDR||Size||LCD Type||Resolution||VRR Range|
As always the driver comes with fixes that were either inherited by the previous driver or was recently identified.
- The refresh rate of 144Hz-capable HDMI displays cannot be set above 120 Hz. 
- [Kepler GPUs]: With SLI/multi-GPU and G-SYNC enabled, TDRs may occur soon after launching an application. 
- [Detroit: Become Human]: The game may randomly crash. 
- [Adobe Premiere]: Adjustments in the Lumetri colour panel causes the video to appear noisy.
- [Notebook][GeForce GTX 1050 Ti]: Blue-screen crash, application hang, or system hang may occur. 
- [Notebook][The Witcher 3 WILD HUNT]: The game remains minimized when the NVIDIA Control Panel >3D Settings >Manage Display Mode is set to
- Automatic or Optimus, and cannot be restored to full screen. 
- [Notebook][G-SYNC]: Graphical corruption occurs when windowed G-SYNC+V-Sync is On while running applications in Clone/Duplicate mode. 
- [Notebook]: LVDS-display goes blank upon rebooting the system after driver installation on some systems. 
The new driver can be downloaded from here.