NVIDIA Issues 1060 Driver Hotfix, Shuts Down Controversial GeForce Partner Program

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Owners of cards or notebooks with NVIDIA's 1060 GPU were surprised to discover last week that the company's latest drivers had major issues of the constant rebooting kind. NVIDIA has just released a hotfix, version 397.55, that claims to address this. Oh, it's also pulled the plug on its much-maligned GeForce Partner Program.

First, let's cover the hotfix drivers. They're available for download via NVIDIA's customer support site, with links for the 64-bit flavours of Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 (32-bit being discontinued last month).

Here's what the new drivers address:

  • After driver installation, Device Manager may report Code 43 error on a few GTX 1060 cards models.
  • Netflix playback may occasionally stutter.
  • Added support for Microsoft Surface Book notebooks.
  • Windows 10: Driver may get removed after PC has been left idle for an extended period of time.

Note that you should go to the linked support page for the updated drivers, as NVIDIA's usual site is still offering the borked ones.

Alright... the GeForce Partner Program. Put simply, it reportedly discouraged vendors from selling hardware with non-NVIDIA GPUs (read: AMD), lest they get placed on the bottom of the pile in NVIDIA's marketing and promotional efforts.

One guess as to how this was received.

Now, just a few months after its debut, the GPP has been put to pasture. John Teeple, NVIDIA's Director of Partner Marketing, wrote a somewhat pointed post yesterday announcing the shut down:

A lot has been said recently about our GeForce Partner Program. The rumors, conjecture and mistruths go far beyond its intent. Rather than battling misinformation, we have decided to cancel the program ... Gamers want the best GPU tech. GPP was about making sure gamers who want NVIDIA tech get NVIDIA tech.

The post goes on to say that the company is "pulling the plug" to "avoid any distraction from the super exciting work [NVIDIA is] doing to bring amazing advances to PC gaming". Which is all good and well, I suppose.

Putting a lid on all the backlash was probably an incentive, too.

GeForce Hotfix Driver Version 397.55 | Pulling the Plug on GPP, Leaning into GeForce [NVIDIA]


Comments

    And now we release a new line of cards and everyone forgets about this little mess.

    As is the consumer way.

    Amd Freedom of choice, It's amazing that ppl still shit on Amd & perpetrate that bs "Amd alway have driver issues" etc. Amd are consumer friendly & are the underdog, Consumer loyalty is bs.

      I currently own AMD. And have owned Nvidia in the past. AMD still has those issues. Their drivers are no where near what Nvidia's are. Nvidia is now screwing up even more. Amd is improving slowly, Nvidia is getting worse slowly.

      A lot of us remember all the issues we had as teenagers with AMD and have never recovered. ^__^

      Ummm yeah i have to say not at all entirely BS, sure the cards are good power vs cost, but that god awful software is why i will never put anything but nvidia in my builds.

      I remember servicing a friends laptop as they were having issues with Starcraft 2 showing some odd texturing since a software update, literally the wire frame of the models were showing, attempted to roleback the software and was welcomed by a software manager for the amd card (Like Geforce experience but worse), could not role back the update as it forcefully kept wanting to download the latest driver and i couldn't stop it from doing it, and couldn't halt it from updating as i ran it more issues.

      But it’s not just drivers. The AMD GPUs are often drawing more power for either the same or somewhat less performance than comparable NVIDIA cards. NVIDIA has been objectively better for a while now compared with AMD who are only really catching up with this generation.

        The Vega56 is fine, but the Vega64 is a good example of POOR performance to wattage ratio.

        It's not a mistake, the Vega cards don't scale well upward, but scale very well downward when it comes to performance per watt usage. This is directly related to the amount of voltage the GPU core needs to PERFORM at the high end.

        7nm Vega64 should be able to reach 1080ti performance with decent wattage usage (under 300W) but its possible THAT card(s) will be too expensive to be consider consumer grade thus will only be workstation cards.

    Still a few people going around saying the Nvidia GPP was the best thing ever and did nothing wrong. A argument often used is how having brands with same name confuses customers and is somehow dishonest or something... You gotta really do the mental gymnastics to understand their reasoning!

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