NVIDIA 860M and 960M’s latest drivers broken, making games unplayable

What’s up with manufacturers screwing up drivers lately? First AMD’s new Crimson drivers started killing GPUs and now many readers have been emailing us that NVIDIA’s latest drivers for the 860M and 960M mobile GPUs are broken as well.

The problem isn’t as severe as the AMD GPUs luckily but the new NVIDIA drivers are still making most games unplayable. Recent and popular games like Fallout 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 which are expected to be properly optimized in the drivers after release are facing constant frame rate drops, crashes and visual bugs on the aforementioned GPUs.

Some users are even reporting that Windows will stop recognising the GPU and use the on-board Intel GPU only causing them to do a full on reinstallation of their drivers. The complaints on the official forums have surpassed 50 pages but NVIDIA is still to admit the issues.


The biggest slap in the face is that some games like EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront have a driver check in place, so if you play the game on older drivers you’ll be forced to update to play the game. Here’s to hoping NVIDIA admits to the issue and releases a fix soon, bad drivers aren’t fun!

Are you facing issues on your GPUs? Let us know in the comments below

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  • ewplayer3

    I had massive issues playing Battlefront on my SLI Surround GTX970 setup using the 358.91 drivers right after release. I rolled back to 358.50 and I think I’m going to stick there until they get some of these issues worked out.
    I also had a lot of trouble with Win10 not booting correctly when I was on the 355 drivers. At least they got that issue worked out with 358. I have this feeling that Win10 is causing AMD and NVidia all kinds of trouble with writing good drivers. Prior to Win10’s release, life seemed relatively quiet on the driver front for both.

  • WEL

    I’m getting random frame-drops and crashes and it’s pissing me off.

  • wolf jonas

    i have a nvidia 745m, and my computers reading code (43) as of just a few days ago along with a update,

    • wolf jonas

      ive been reading everywhere, and all over people are saying especially with asus brand laptops, that in the 700m range there are many reports of code (43), i know the ASUS Q550LF, and the N550LF, both are having issues, and im currently trying to ask the messaging boards about this, but so far the only response ive gotten from NVIDIA is “im sorry but in our test scenarios we cannot get a laptop of your model to get this issue” mean while, many other people out there with these two laptops at the very least are having massive issues with code 43, it started earlier this year with windows 10, when i first recieved my code 43 issue, then after looking online i found people with the same issues with the same laptops, then as of october 1st if i remember right, suddenly my nvidia turned back on! i was so happy, but now as of earlier this week, my laptop is reporting code 43 again, something they did during the october update made it work, i just wish they would turn back the clock and give us back the ability to work again

  • Iconoclaster

    “The problem isn’t as severe as the AMD GPUs” what you mean? I’m not aware of “severe” issues with recent drivers and AMD GPU

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