Should I Update Drivers for my chipset & motherboard

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  1. Posts : 17,247
    Windows 11 Pro
       #11

    Very few members here will recommend using any third party driver updater program. Most of us recommend staying clear of them.
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  2. Posts : 897
    windows 10 professional 64-bit, 21H2
    Thread Starter
       #12

    NavyLCDR said:
    Very few members here will recommend using any third party driver updater program. Most of us recommend staying clear of them.
    Thank you for your information. I'm a little confused. By 3rd party, would you consider the Intel Driver & Support Assistant a 3rd party utility? It only checks for Intel chipset drivers. I also have GeForce Experience installed, which updates my Nvidia graphic drivers. I had thought that this was ok.
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  3. Posts : 4,424
    Win 11 Pro 22000.652
       #13

    phrab said:
    Thank you for your information. I'm a little confused. By 3rd party, would you consider the Intel Driver & Support Assistant a 3rd party utility? It only checks for Intel chipset drivers. I also have GeForce Experience installed, which updates my Nvidia graphic drivers. I had thought that this was ok.
    Those would not be considered third party updaters. They'd be fine.

    I manually update my drivers, regardless.
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  4. Posts : 5,816
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
       #14

    The "if it ain't broke don't fix it" mantra is mostly pushed by those who don't upkeep their PC's. Those are usually the folks blaming Windows for everything. Here's the deal - new drivers are pushed so you "don't" encounter an issue.

    Anyway, I always advise to keep both hardware and software updated via drivers, firmware, and patches. And yes, I update my boards anytime a new driver is released.

    My two cents.
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  5. Posts : 7,086
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #15

    phrab said:
    Thanks again, Steve. Sorry to appear so helpless, but I've been searching on the Gigabyte site for over an hour & can't find what you've posted. This is what I see:

    Attachment 284840

    Could you please tell me where you found the IRST driver?

    Also, in screwing around with Device Manager, I updated one of the Intel Processors...have no idea what that will do.

    And, I used the Intel Update Manager, which is going to install:
    Attachment 284841
    So I hope that's the same.

    Edited: After installing & rebooting, under Device Manager > IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers > Intel(R) 100 Series/C230 Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller: driver was updated from 14.8.0.1042 to 14.8.16.1063. I don't think that was the same one you suggested, but I'm lost.
    Open up the + sign for the SATA RAID/AHCI Drivers
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  6. Posts : 77
    Windows 10 Professional
       #16

    With a clean install of Windows 10 2004 a few weeks back I have, for the first time, allowed Windows to provide its own drivers for nearly everything - except for my 2 printers and NVIDIA graphics card where I've used the manufacturers' drivers instead.

    This is a system I built myself in 2017, Gigabyte B250M-D3H motherboard. Gigabyte have only provided chipset drivers, etc. up to Windows 10 version 1903. The Gigabyte chipset drivers installed OK in 1909 but they refuse to install in 2004 so I let Windows 10 use its own drivers and so far they're working flawlessly. After the clean install of 2004 (with the PC disconnected from the Internet, as always) there were only 2 or 3 things in Device Manager that still needed drivers and Windows Update took care of those.
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  7. Posts : 897
    windows 10 professional 64-bit, 21H2
    Thread Starter
       #17

    Steve C said:
    Open up the + sign for the SATA RAID/AHCI Drivers
    Thank you! Found it & installed it. I noticed that it installed driver version 17.2.11.1033, dated 5/29/2019. As soon as I rebooted, my Intel Driver & Support Assistant (that I previously downloaded), said there was an updated driver. It updated the driver to version 17.7.0.1006, dated 8/7/2019. Both say they are for Win10 version 1909. I'm still a little confused...would the one I have now (ending in 1006) be the latest driver? I'm not sure how to read the driver numbers.
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  8. Posts : 7,086
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #18

    phrab said:
    Thank you! Found it & installed it. I noticed that it installed driver version 17.2.11.1033, dated 5/29/2019. As soon as I rebooted, my Intel Driver & Support Assistant (that I previously downloaded), said there was an updated driver. It updated the driver to version 17.7.0.1006, dated 8/7/2019. Both say they are for Win10 version 1909. I'm still a little confused...would the one I have now (ending in 1006) be the latest driver? I'm not sure how to read the driver numbers.
    17.7.0.1006 is the later version
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  9. Posts : 2,276
    Windows 10
       #19

    Later versions include what is for newer chipsets not the older ones (2017) which stay the same. All you get is an updated version number nothing else. Like 17.2 to 17.7. that is confusing, but if you look in detail you will find out.

    These driver/inf files contain sections for various chipsets released over several years. It detects your chipset and just installs the relevent part.

    You do not need Nvidia Geforce Experience for driver updates or Game settings for sure, I uninstalled that many years ago. You may need it for other reasons but certainly not for what I have stated, it is just bloatware.

    You do not need Intel Driver & Support Assistant either. It may install something incompatible which it did on mine once, some sort of 'storage accelerator' and stopped the CD/DVD writer working properly.
    The standard Windows driver being much more compatible and equally as fast as I found out by a bit of research.

    "The "if it ain't broke don't fix it" mantra is mostly pushed by those who don't upkeep their PC's. Those are usually the folks blaming Windows for everything. Here's the deal - new drivers are pushed so you "don't" encounter an issue. "

    Absolute tripe, it stems from experience gained over the decades, weeding out viral misleading information that maybe popular but not true...certainly not ignorance.
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  10. Posts : 5,816
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
       #20

    Helmut said:
    "The "if it ain't broke don't fix it" mantra is mostly pushed by those who don't upkeep their PC's. Those are usually the folks blaming Windows for everything. Here's the deal - new drivers are pushed so you "don't" encounter an issue. "

    Absolute tripe, it stems from experience gained over the decades, weeding out viral misleading information that maybe popular but not true...certainly not ignorance.
    Yeah, cause you're the only experienced one here

    I stand by my statement so we'll agree to disagree and keep it moving.

    Peace
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