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According to nVidia this is indeed a chrome problem
Without knowing any of the details, I'd still flip it around and say it's an Nvidia problem: An application should not be able to take down a driver, no matter how badly it's written (the app, that is...not the driver).
And I'm the last person ever who would try to defend Google's position.
ATI...as much as I may have sworn by them in the past...never more, no matter how much they might have improved. When it comes to ATI, I'm the Linux user still frothing at the mouth because of what Microsoft may have done decades ago.
Windows Defender utilizes the GPU for scanning and some real-time security tasks. I don't think it's fully documented anywhere but you should be able to find some third-pary commentary on the subject. It was implemented over a year ago.
Older hardware may have some overheating problems.