Nvidia GeForce 390.65 Drivers Come With Spectre Fix, Benchmarks Reveal No Adverse Affects In Games
Nvidia GeForce 390.65 drivers have been released and this driver update also offers the Spectre fix. Though it was speculated that patching the Meltdown and Spectre bugs would result in performance degradation, it seems that Nvidia GeForce 390.65 drivers improve performance in most cases and the decrease in performance is only a minor one and only in some cases.
The Meltdown and Spectre threats put all devices at risk and you can click here to find out whether or not your device could be at risk. Intel has refused to claim responsibility for the issue and multiple lawsuits have been filed against the company. The company has also refused to replace any affected CPUs.
A sample of 21 games was tested at 1080p, 1440p and 4K and we see an increase in performance in most cases since the Nvidia GeForce 390.65 drivers were installed. We see minor performance hits in games like AC: Origins as well as Dawn of War 2. Other then that, all is good. If you thought that Meltdown and Spectre would affect gaming then you can rest assured that is not the case.
You can check out the complete benchmarks here, where all the minor details have been included regarding the performance of these games at different resolutions before and after the Nvidia GeForce 390.65 drivers update.
Different companies are working on providing a patch for the Meltdown and Spectre bug. While Intel has been unable to provide hardware fix and is refusing to replace affected CPUs, Microsoft and other companies have rolled out patches in order to fix the issue, at least in the short term. Word has it that Intel knew about this issue for some time but kept this information from the general public.
Let us know what you think about the Nvidia GeForce 390.65 drivers update that comes with the Spectre fix.