Nvidia’s latest GeForce driver update contains bug causing CPU performance issues

A bug's life.

Nvidia’s latest GeForce Game Ready drivers, known as version 531.18, contain a bug that reportedly spikes CPU usage, potentially affecting overhaul PC performance. Ouch.

The Verge editor, Tom Warren, flagged the issue on Twitter after noticing gamers reporting high CPU usage of over 10 per cent after exiting games, suggesting rolling back the drivers as a temporary fix before Nvidia provides a concrete solution.

There’s good news in all this. Nvidia has acknowledged the bug, adding it to the list of open issues in existing release notes that reads as follows: “Higher CPU usage from NVIDIA Container might be observed after exiting a game.” Meaning the company’s engineers are most likely hard at work developing a hotfix to resolve the issues.

For now, it’s best to take the aforementioned advice and roll back Nvidia Drivers until a proper hotfix arrives. Or alternatively, open Task Manager and remove the Nvidia Container process after exiting a game (or reboot the PC).

Nvidia Container Process in TM

On the other side of the fence, some AMD users have reported a super-rare occasion that could potentially brick your entire system. Apparently, Adrenalin 23.2.1 driver from mid-February, as well as the current 23.2.2 version, combined with the latest Windows Update, has sent a few Radeon PCs spiralling into an endless BSOD scenario.

The solution? A rather frustrating workaround that involves a perfectly timed power button press at the exact moment between BIOS keypress options disappearing and the Windows ‘loading’ circle appearing, eventually allowing users to select the System restore option in the Windows Recovery wizard. Whew.

If you’re one of the unfortunate few who’ve encountered this problem, a detailed description can be found here. A dark time for graphics drivers, indeed.