New Nvidia Driver

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Third party post on driver improvements

Nvidia Blog post about driver:

It saw massive boosts on many newer nvidia hardware, mostly stuff you'd only find in mac pros and hackintosh. However, nvidia has also enabled (for first time) this version of driver to install on imacs and macbook pros without needing to modify installer. Also, these drivers safely do NOT touch built in and out of date driver in OS X, they install along side it, with a control panel that lets you switch between the current 346 driver, and the over year old 310 drivers. You definitely want to be using the 346 driver :)

The driver is for ANY nvidia GPU even if it's not listed on the driver download page. Performance gains will be seen across almost all nvidia hardware over OS X stock driver. Especially 600-700-900 series.

if you use AMD based graphics don't bother with update. However, if you do have a nvidia gpu mac, you should definitely install this

10.11.6 15G20015 Driver Direct Download (Updated 06-02-18):

10.12.4 (Updated 04-20-17) (Previous driver with no pascal support but works best with Metal/WoW since 378 series driver had performance issues on 10.12.x that weren't fixed until 10.13.x

10.12.6 16G1408 (Updated 06-02-18)

10.13.5 17F77 (Updated 06-02-18)
Kind of sad nVidia supports the Mac better than Apple does.
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Careful with the driver update, there have been a few posts that it created more problems. Always wait a few days to make sure there is not some horrible crash.
They already fixed the problems. I posted the driver that doesn't crash safari. Some sites are bad at coverage and by the time they posted about the crashes, they had already been fixed. Nvidia fixed majority of crashes in under 24 hours.

Furthermore, because it doesn't replace original driver, it's as simple as flipping an off switch if it is problematic. You install, try, if it gives problems you open nvidia control panel and choose built in driver instead of web driver and reboot. Then it's like you never installed it. Then next time there is an update the control panel will auto notify and you can try it again.
I installed the new driver on my iMac 13,2 (GTX 680MX) and wanted to share my results.

In two words: Very impressive.

My baseline for WoW performance is to be able to maintain 60 FPS at 2560x1440 native resolution with vsync enabled and FXAA set to high.

With the old driver, I could only do this with the graphics preset to High and shadows turned down to low (this one was critical).

With the new driver, same settings across the board but turned-up to Ultra, with the only exemption again being shadows still on low. (The moment I turn shadows up at all, FPS takes a dump instantly.)

The only times I'm seeing a dip in FPS now on Ultra (with shadows on low) is during periods of many spell effects (such as raiding) and in the garrison, which always seems to chug a bit worse than anywhere else.

I haven't tested flying out over the ocean yet, so it's entirely possible that the water effects on Ultra may chug, as well. That wouldn't surprise me.

Anyway, definitely impressive results, and much much closer to the DX11 performance under BootCamp. The only major exception where DX11 is still ruling is for that shadow setting. That little 680MX gets very hot and the fans spin-up when rocking High or Ultra shadows on BootCamp, but it does work with minimal FPS drop. It seems to be the biggest performance disparity between the platforms at the moment, for me, anyway.
Yes the 680 and 680MX saw biggest gain with driver. That and 900 series. I haven't heard much about 700 series at all. 900 series still has a ways to go still too.
Just to follow-up on my previous post after raiding last night:

I'm pleased to say that the spell effects still didn't touch the FPS (on Ultra, no shadows). This is a huge improvement, and I'd recommend this new driver package to anyone with applicable GPUs.

As a side commentary, it must frustrate the devs to no end when they can't figure-out why something isn't performing as well as it might, only to have it turn-out being poorly optimized drivers as in this case. I wonder if Apple will update these drivers at all, even come El Capitan, or if they've already decided to abandon Nvidia completely in favor of their current partnership with AMD.
There don't appear to be any significant improvements on my 780m.
10.11 ships with same crap 310 drivers. As tia says, nvidia supports macs better than apple does. Clearly new drivers aren't just about supporting new hardware. They have newer more optimized code and it's appauling at time to see apple still ship drivers that are quite literally a year out of date even with it's NEW OS updates, only to have users have to turn to nvidia for updates and that's ONLY if users are even aware of it.

AMD is in same boat but difference is, they don't release stand alone updates like nvidia does, which is actually one of main reasons I avoid macs with AMD graphics. I can only hope next refresh is a nvidia one. I really like those ones more.

It is very much often the drivers, or opengl that are at fault for performance issues in wow, which indeed makes it difficult for companies like blizzard who are stuck being the ones answering for it.

"the game runs like crap in os x but great in windows, therefor it MUST be the mac client". ignoring the fact that windows has much newer drivers, much newer 3d api and hands down much better game support all around.

One can only hope this changes with metal, but we just have to wait and see.

Sorry to here that incaely. That fits in line with what I heard. Most gains are on 600 and 900 series. it's possible 700 series were already as good a they are gonna be, OR are just not done yet. Def keep an eye on nvidia driver updates. NOw that they are installed they have an automatic update system. if new versions released you'll be notified because you have current ones :)
I want to say that CUDA tasks feel faster (After Effects and Resolve), but I haven't really done anything extensive enough today to be confident.
Omegal, thanks for posting this. Frame rates back up to normal on 2012 retina MBP with 650M.

AMD needs to get on the ball.
Web driver is currently not compatible with 10.10.5, released today.
Hopefully nvidia release an updated driver soon.

Awkward edit: 346.02.03b01 works on 10.10.5
08/13/2015 03:43 PMPosted by Incaely
Web driver is currently not compatible with 10.10.5, released today.
Hopefully nvidia release an updated driver soon.

Awkward edit: 346.02.03b01 works on 10.10.5

Where did you find 346.02.03b01? At the moment, I'm only seeing 346.02.02f03 available.


Okay, it's in beta, I found it. Hopefully they'll get it pushed-out to release soon! This has given me a chance to raid tonight using the OS-provided driver and... yeah, the old driver is still terrible!
Yeah I'm using beta driver too for now. They'll have a release one by end of the day I'm sure. they are rarely more than 24 hours behind.
they literally released that minutes after my post. Because I checked the update server before making it.
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This has fixed stuttering/terrible fps issues Ive been having on my late 2013 Retina MBP NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2048 MB (now OS 10.5.5) I been having for months. 100% better and no longer unplayable! Thank you Omegal!!
Nviida Drivers for 10.11 Betas
Updated links in first post to 10.10.5 version of drivers. forgot I hadn't done that, in case you tried to use them and it said unsupported system. it was probably because you had 10.10.5 but download 10.10.4 version

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