What do each of these optional drivers do? Specifically the one in red


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    What do each of these optional drivers do? Specifically the one in red


    I'd like to know what each of these do, especially that one, it's memory related right?
    What do each of these optional drivers do? Specifically the one in red-screenshot.png
    What do each of these optional drivers do? Specifically the one in red-screenshot-5-.png
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    @TheCars


    Those are parts of your chipset drivers.
    They're why your Device Manager has those yellow exclamation points.

    Intel has a tool that will assist you with the chipset drivers... among others...

    Intel(R) Driver & Support Assistant


    There's also this...
    Latest Intel Chipset Device Software



    AMD bundles all the chipset drivers into one download... Intel doesn't do that.



    You should run the Intel Driver & Support Assistant, linked above, and see what is has to say.
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    Ghot said:
    @TheCars


    Those are parts of your chipset drivers.
    They're why your Device Manager has those yellow exclamation points.

    Intel has a tool that will assist you with the chipset drivers... among others...

    Intel(R) Driver & Support Assistant


    There's also this...
    Latest Intel Chipset Device Software



    AMD bundles all the chipset drivers into one download... Intel doesn't do that.



    You should run the Intel Driver & Support Assistant, linked above, and see what is has to say.
    What do they actually do though? What purpose do they serve? I've played games and used my pc with them both installed and not installed before and didn't notice any difference. Are they supposed to increase performance? Do they add/harden any security? I do not want to install Intel Management Engine.
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    I'm not an engineer. Also I've always run motherboards with AMD chipsets.

    I can explain this much...

    On your motherboard, there's the CPU, RAM, storage ports, vid card slot, sound chip and LAN/wireless chip(s), mainly.
    There's also a chipset.
    It used to be two main chips (North Bridge and South Bridge), which is why we still call it a chipset.
    Now, it's all one big chip.

    It's mainly the "traffic cop" of your motherboard.
    It makes sure all the electrical signals go where they are supposed to go.
    I don't know what your specific motherboard is, so I can't download a nice, but still cryptic, block diagram for you.
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    Ghot said:
    I don't know what your specific motherboard is, so I can't download a nice, but still cryptic, block diagram for you.
    ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming
    If you can link it for me, I'd like to take a crack at it.
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    TheCars said:
    ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming
    If you can link it for me, I'd like to take a crack at it.



    Here's the link to your motherboard manual...
    https://dlcdnets.asus.com/pub/ASUS/m...170_pro_gaming

    The Z170 is your chipset. Here's the block diagram...
    As I said... it's like a traffic cop.

    What do each of these optional drivers do? Specifically the one in red-image1.png





    Since I know exactly which motherboard I have... here's a pic showing where it "lives" on your motherboard...

    What do each of these optional drivers do? Specifically the one in red-image2.png


    Like I said... AMD bundles all the chipset drivers into one installer... like so...

    What do each of these optional drivers do? Specifically the one in red-amd.png
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    Here's your "motherboard layout"...

    What do each of these optional drivers do? Specifically the one in red-image1.png



    What do each of these optional drivers do? Specifically the one in red-monk-blank.png



    Wise is the man, who just runs this tool...

    Intel(R) Driver & Support Assistant






    Chipset info is located here...

    https://www.tenforums.com/drivers-hardware/


    For anyone reading this...
    Don't be afraid to ask questions about the chipset drivers.
    Installing the wrong chipset drivers will make a serious mess of your motherboard.
    Last edited by Ghot; 26 Feb 2023 at 07:09.
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    SMBUS driver gives information about cpu temps and such I think. Indeed it's part of chipset.
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