New NVIDIA Studio Driver adds support for RTX 3080 Ti laptops

NVIDIA has released the latest version of its Studio drivers, aimed at users with a creative focus. The latest version of the NVIDIA Studio driver adds support for the new GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti laptop GPUs, which were announced at CES 2022.

A handful of laptops with NVIDIA’s new GPUs are already available to order, including the Razer Blade 15 and 17 and the Gigabyte AERO 16 and 17. There are also many more of them on the way, including the Razer Blade 14, MSI Creator Z16 and Z17, and ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED, which will be launched later this year. These are NVIDIA Studio certified laptops, and with the new Studio drivers, users can get even more performance from them in certain creation apps.

NVIDIA gives some examples of how a laptop with an Intel Alder Lake processor and a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GPU can crush the 16-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Max processor, specifically with the improvements in the new Studio driver . For example, a Blender rendering that would take 94 minutes to complete with the M1 Max takes only 10 minutes with the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

Note that NVIDIA does not specify if it uses a 32-core M1 Max for comparison, and it is worth noting that it is a 24-core model. While it certainly would not make the huge difference, there is a chance that the comparison is somewhat skewed in favor of NVIDIA.

Besides that, there is not much news with this new driver. NVIDIA has announced that Maxon recently launched Redshift RT, a new feature exclusively for NVIDIA RTX GPUs that speeds up rendering time by the RT cores in those GPUs. Redshift RT is available in beta and is integrated into Maxon apps like Cinema 4D, plus it’s available in other apps like Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, Blender, Vectorworks, and more.

If you want to get the latest driver right away, you can go to the NVIDIA driver download page.

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