Nvidia driver bug may make your CPU work more durable after you shut your recreation

Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4080.

Enlarge / Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 4080. (credit score: Andrew Cunningham)

Nvidia launched a brand new driver replace for its GeForce graphics playing cards that, amongst different issues, launched a brand new Video Tremendous Decision upscaling know-how that might make low-resolution movies look higher on high-resolution screens. However the driver (model 531.18) additionally apparently got here with a bug that precipitated excessive CPU utilization on some PCs after operating after which closing a recreation.

Nvidia has launched a driver hotfix (model 531.26) that acknowledges and will repair the problem, which was apparently being attributable to an undisclosed bug within the “Nvidia Container,” a course of that exists largely to comprise different processes that include Nvidia’s drivers. It additionally fixes a “random bugcheck” subject that will have an effect on some older laptops with GeForce 1000-series or MX250 and MX350 GPUs.

Not all PCs operating the newer Nvidia drivers had been being affected by the bug—some reporters noticed the habits on their methods, whereas others did not. Even comparatively low CPU utilization within the 10 to 15 p.c vary can have a noticeable efficiency impression, taking CPU cycles from different duties and stopping the CPU from going into an idle state. This generates extra warmth and makes use of extra energy and will additionally have an effect on the battery lifetime of laptops.

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