Ahead of tomorrow’s Crysis 3 launch, NVIDIA has released a brand-new WHQL GeForce driver, this one versioned 314.07. In addition to being the best driver suited for Crytek’s latest blockbuster, performance boosts in other games can be seen as well. You can expect a rather staggering 27% FPS increase in Assassin’s Creed III, along with 10% in Far Cry 3, 19% in Civilization V and 14% in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The increases don’t stop with just these couple of games, however; NVIDIA lists numerous more in its GeForce.com article.
If there was any doubt that Crysis 3 was going to be a PC-punisher, the graph below can help settle things. In order to reach higher than 50 FPS at 1080p / Very High, you’ll need nothing less than a high-end SLI setup – in this graph’s case, a GTX 690. It appears that the GTX 680 can muster about 40-41 FPS, while a GTX 660 struggles with 29 FPS. It’s not often that a game comes along and makes current-gen cards cry, so in a twisted way, these results are good to see.
Planning on skipping over Crysis 3? Don’t fret; a general look at performance boosts over 310.xx can be seen in another thorough graph from NVIDIA:
More convincing reasons to upgrade can be had at GeForce.com, but if you’re already game, hit up the download page.