New Nvidia driver for Battlefield 2042 available now, doesn't seem to do a lot

Battlefield 2042 launched Friday for special edition pre-purchasers, and today Nvidia released a new GeForce Game Ready driver that’s supposed to better align its GPUs with the demands of DICE’s 128-player FPS. We’re not noticing a difference in BF2042 framerates after installing the drivers, though, and Nvidia’s performance-boosting DLSS option continues to have a mild effect. It certainly isn’t delivering “2x faster” rendering, which is the maximum effectiveness advertised by Nvidia.

Before and after the driver update, I’ve been hitting average framerates in the 80s and 90s with an Intel Core i5-9600K and GeForce RTX 2070 Super. That’s at 1440p on the ‘medium’ graphics preset with some other tweaks (all post-processing off, eg), and Nvidia’s performance boosting DLSS option set to ‘balanced.’ With DLSS off, my average fps hovers in the 70s and 80s. The feature is definitely helping, but it’s not the dramatic framerate improvement I get in Control, for example. I also get drops to the 50s, or worse stutters, now and then.