Nvidia has launched a brand new GPU firmware replace utility for RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 – Nvidia’s greatest graphics playing cards, that fixes sure compatibility issues on some motherboard UEFIs (BIOS) when beginning the system. Nonetheless, the replace is barely mandatory on affected methods; for unaffected methods, the replace is totally pointless and will not set up.
The firmware updater particularly fixes black/clean screens from occurring throughout the bootup course of. This situation prevents customers from accessing the BIOS display on their machine or seeing any photos on the display till the working system hundreds with the right GPU drivers.
In consequence, this solely impacts the bootup processes; when you’re inside Home windows (or every other OS), the issue disappears.
In response to Nvidia, the GPU firmware replace device will detect whether or not or not the firmware replace is required. If it sees the system has an affected motherboard BIOS, it can set up a brand new firmware replace; if not, the firmware replace won’t set up and as an alternative give the person the choice to replace it manually if mandatory.
Fortunately Nvidia says solely sure motherboards with UEFI are affected, so the issue is probably going uncommon and will not occur to many customers. It additionally means all motherboards predating UEFI will work wonderful. This reality may also be advantageous to UEFI motherboards, because it permits customers to make the most of the compatibility or legacy mode within the UEFI to get the cardboard working in an emergency.
Once more, solely Nvidia’s RTX 4090 and 4080 GPUs are affected and wish the replace; all RTX 30 sequence GPUs and older are wonderful. We do not know if future RTX 40-series GPUs (RTX 4070 Ti, RTX 4060, and many others.) may also be affected, however you possibly can anticipate Nvidia to replace the GPU UEFI firmware replace device if the issue does increase to extra GPUs down the road.