Need Help to Choose the right NVIDIA Driver Package?

8th October 2019

To help you choose the best NVIDIA driver package for your graphics card needs, it’s important to first check out the differences between the multiple driver variations.

Studio Driver VS GeForce Game-Ready Driver

Creative applications and top games are all fully supported by NVIDIA drivers. NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards currently have two variants of driver. If you’re a content creator with a focus on optimising for the most popular creative applications, Studio Driver is the one to choose. It makes stability and quality a priority for creative workflows, such as video editing, animation, graphic design, livestreaming, and photography. It supports 30-bit colour, increasing pixel colour range from 16.7 million to over 1 billion colours, reducing the possibility of colour banding in creative processes. Studio Driver is also the one you need if you’re planning to work with applications like Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Blender 2.80, Autodesk Arnold, and Cinema 4D R21.

The other option is the, perhaps more familiar, GeForce Game-Ready driver which is optimised for popular PC games. This driver is most frequently updated and has optimisation for existing, as well as new, games. So if you spend long periods of time playing the latest games, you should pick the Game-Ready driver, mainly because NVIDIA work so closely with game developers, they can offer game-specific optimisations that give you the best in both visual performance and gaming experience.

Quadro ODE Driver VS QNF Driver

When it comes to Quadro professional graphics cards, you have two options to choose from. The ODE driver is the Optimal Driver for Enterprise, while the QNF driver is the Quadro New Feature driver.

An ODE is driver is the most commonly used driver for the majority of Quadro graphics card users. They provide optimum performance and stability, whilst reinforcing long lifecycle as well as ISV certification. All the things that creative professionals and IT enterprises rely on.

The QNF driver on the other hand, has shorter support duration but is selected by users for new game and VR headset support, as well as bug fixes. QNF drivers are tailored to specific products with additional optimisation and support, so are recommended for anyone needing these features.

Standard Driver Package VS DCH Driver Package

There are two options of Windows Drivers; Declarative Componentised Hardware Support Apps, and Standard driver packages. These driver packages aren’t interchangeable, so if you have a system with DCH you should use the DCH package from NVIDIA, and of course the same goes for standard driver packages.

Most users will generally opt for the standard driver package for their graphics card. A DCH driver is a new foundation which installs only to systems that are DCH driver equipped from the equipment’s original manufacturer, or OEM.

NVIDIA RTX Studio Laptop Range

Nvidia Quadro RTX Studio Dell Precision 7540 - featured
Dell Precision 7540

You can find out about the NVIDIA equipped Studio Laptops range in our blog NVIDIA Create a new standard for Mobile Workstations, and shop the range in our NVIDIA Studio RTX GeForce Quadro Laptops section on the website.

Introducing the ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo Laptop

Front open view of the Asus Zenbook Pro Duo
ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo

The ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo laptop is a certified NVIDIA RTX Studio laptop. Equipped with powerful Max-Q hardware to make video and image editing as quick and easy as possible, backed by drivers devoted to optimising creative software rather than games. The ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo is available to lease from £22.90 per week.

Speak to our sales team about the Studio Laptops range on 020 7111 1643 or email sales@hardsoft.co.uk. You can also use the webchat facility on our homepage.