Update Your Nvidia Drivers Today

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Notice something a little weird with your PC lately? It might be because you upgraded your GPU drivers recently.

The most recent Game Ready driver from Nvidia, version 430.53, has been eating up a hell of a lot more CPU usage than it should. Users began reporting on the Nvidia forums that they were seeing 10 percent to 20 percent more CPU usage even when idle, which was traced back to NVDisplay.Container.exe.

The 430.53 drivers added official support for Mortal Kombat 11, a 21 percent frame rate boost for Strange Brigade in Vulkan, and G-Sync Compatible support for more monitors from LG, Gigabyte, ASUS, AOPEN and Acer. But with the CPU bug, users noticing flickering in certain games, and flickering whenever videos are played back on a second monitor, Nvidia was always going to issue a hotfix.

You can download that hotfix through Nvidia's website; it's not available through GeForce Experience at the time of writing. Apart from the CPU error, the hotfix also resolves issues with Shadow of the Tomb Raider and BeamNG:

GeForce Hotfix display driver version 430.53 is based on our latest Game Ready Driver 430.39. This Hotfix driver addresses the following:

• Fixes higher CPU usage by NVDisplay.Container.exe introduced in 430.39 driver
• 3DMark Time Spy: Flickering observed when benchmark is launched
• BeamNG: Application crashes when game is launched
• Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Freezes when launched in SLI mode
• Desktop flickers when videos are played back on a secondary monitor

The 430.53 drivers weren't just for people with GTX and RTX cards, but also laptop users with discrete GPUs - including the lower powered MX150, which is becoming increasingly common in student and thin-and-light laptops. And those are the devices that would get hit the most by unexpected CPU spikes. Either way, there's a fix out now, so go get it.

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