31 March 2021 Nvidia’s latest GeForce driver now enables Resizable Bar on all RTX 3000 GPUs.
Nvidia’s Resizable BAR technology launched in March, helping to boost fps in some games by allowing the CPU to access the GPU’s VRAM in its entirety rather than chunks. Unfortunately, it’s remained exclusive to the RTX 3060 since its release, leaving owners of Nvidia’s other 3000 series graphics cards wondering when they’ll finally get their hands on the feature – until now.
The latest GeForce driver update, alongside Nvidia Reflex support for Rainbow Six Siege, finally brings the Resizable Bar tech to every RTX 30 card in the range, from the RTX 3060 Ti all the way up to the RTX 3090.
According to a Chiphell forum post from user Wesleyxy, they’ve measured a 3% performance gain averaged out over six titles such as Gears 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2. Forza Horizon 4 saw the biggest improvement here, with a 6fps boost. You can probably expect similar performance gains from other Ampere cards, which is great news, if you actually defied all odds and managed to get your hands on the best graphics card amid current stock shortages….
You’ll need the rest of your PC to be up to scratch, too. If you’re on Intel, Nvidia says you’ll need a 10th or 11th gen chip to take advantage of the technology, while AMD users will need one of its latest Zen 3 processors. It looks like now’s the perfect time to look at our best gaming CPU guide if you need to upgrade.