The latest Nvidia driver sees framerate gains of up to 24% in some titles.
RTX 30 series driver update

Nvidia just released their first Game Ready driver for the newly released GeForce RTX 4090. The card is a beast in terms of performance, power consumption, size, and price. That is all without question. A new GPU release does mean that a new driver update is also necessary for early adopters, be they fortunate to get a card from a retailer or from the countless scalpers that have already put the 4090 cards up on eBay.

Today's release of the 522.25 Game Ready driver adds in support for the RTX 4090 cards. However, it also includes some great news for those of you on the older and now tragically lackluster 30-series from Nvidia. Nvidia says that this driver includes some "significant" DirectX 12 optimizations that could see performance increases of up to 24% in some titles.

According to Nvidia's own statements, performance gains in some tested titles improved by a meager 5% at 1080p to 24% at 1080p. Some titles, like Call of Duty: Vanguard saw improvements of 12% at 4K resolution, which is quite significant.

Our DirectX 12 optimizations apply to GeForce RTX graphics cards and laptops, though improvements will vary based on your specific system setup, and the game settings used. In our testing, performance increases were found in a wide variety of DirectX 12 games, across all resolutions:
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: up to 24% (1080p)
  • Battlefield 2042: up to 7% (1080p)
  • Borderlands 3: Up to 8% (1080p)
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard: up to 12% (4K)
  • Control: up to 6% (4K)
  • Cyberpunk 2077: up to 20% (1080p)
  • F1 22: up to 17% (4K)
  • Far Cry 6: up to 5% (1440p)
  • Forza Horizon 5: up to 8% (1080P)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition: up to 8% (4k)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: up to 7% (1080p)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: up to 5% (1080p)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: up to 5% (1080p)
  • Watch Dogs: Legion: up to 9% (1440p)​
The figures provided by Nvidia seem to only be based on the 30-series of cards. They claim that these improvements could be seen across all RTX GPUs (including 20-series) but your mileage my vary. It looks like all tests were done with an Intel i9-12900K CPU, 32GB of RAM (no speed specified), and on Windows 11.

This driver update also adds DLSS 3 support (only on the 40-series) and DLSS 2 support for a number of titles.

DLSS 3 Games (Includes support for DLSS 2, also known as DLSS Super Resolution)
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Bright Memory: Infinite
  • F1Ⓡ 22
  • Justice”Fuyun Court” New Graphics Showcase
  • Loopmancer
  • Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator

DLSS 2 Games
  • Blind Fate: Edo no Yami
  • Dakar Desert Rally
  • Destroy All Humans! 2 - Reprobed
  • Gotham Knights
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection​
On a more general note, the 522.25 driver includes "optimizations, enhancements, and more" for some new and upcoming PC releases. Those games include A Plague Tale: Requiem, Gotham Knights, Scorn, and Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection.