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Hello guys, I'm new to this forum.... and my knowledge of computer technology is well... minimal compared to some of you guys.

So a question came to my mind that I couldn't answer, why do GPUs need constant driver updates to perform better? Why aren't they more like CPUs which don't need any updates? What causes such a difference between CPUs and GPUs? I mean they are both processors which can do calculations.

Thank you for your time.
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Changes in HW, BIOS, software, games, etc. I would assume also because just like computer games need patched to resolve glitches. There's so many reasons.

CPU's don't need updates because they are updated via mobo BIOS updates.
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Changes in HW, BIOS, software, games, etc. I would assume also because just like computer games need patched to resolve glitches. There's so many reasons.
Then why don't CPUs need to be patched?
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Then why don't CPUs need to be patched?
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GPUs need driver updates mostly so they can release optimization settings for new games that come out.
    
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Then why don't CPUs need to be patched?
Look at the CPU and the Motherboard as one component and the GPU as one component. A CPU still gets updates, in a round about way, from BIOS updates for the motherboard.
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Look at the CPU and the Motherboard as one component and the GPU as one component. A CPU still gets updates, in a round about way, from BIOS updates for the motherboard.
this.
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well gpu's get updates because the manufacturers are constantly fixing small glitches whether it be in games or applications. The fixes have to be distributed in the driver updates and updates also help the card to perform better.
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GPUs need driver updates mostly so they can release optimization settings for new games that come out.
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Look at the CPU and the Motherboard as one component and the GPU as one component. A CPU still gets updates, in a round about way, from BIOS updates for the motherboard.
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Originally Posted by bajer29 View Post
CPU's don't need updates because they are updated via mobo BIOS updates.
Okay... I guess it makes sense.
One more question though; why do GPUs need to be updated - at least new ones - once every month or so, but motherboard BIOS updates are much more infrequent? Is there a reason for that? I mean if anything CPUs have many more uses than GPUs, and should logically be patched more...


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well gpu's get updates because the manufacturers are constantly fixing small glitches whether it be in games or applications. The fixes have to be distributed in the driver updates and updates also help the card to perform better.
Yes... but why don't CPUs experience these glitches? I mean I believe there is no new BIOS update for my board for a while, but I have no problems running the applications on my CPU, but every new game, there are some glitches with GPUs... like that flickering problem in some games with crossfire.
Edited by jackojack - 4/26/11 at 1:39pm
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It is like an OS. Drivers are updated to further increase the way they talk between the GPU and OS. You fix issues and errors and increase compatibility with games it works better
 
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