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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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Originally Posted by bajer29 View Post
Changes in HW, BIOS, software, games, etc.
this.

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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post
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
and this... lol
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You don't need new drivers.

To get better performance it is in your best interests to get the most up to date drivers, that isn't saying you aren't perfectly fine staying with your current set.
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post #13 of 18
GPU updates have less to deal with. Remember, the GPU is not server other hardware, it is only serving itself. A CPU/Motherboard on the other hand, is the backbone of the computer. Everything attaches to it. Therefore, the updates have to play nice with everything that is connected to it, IE several more variables to account for.
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Okay, makes sense... thanks for the clarification and info everyone.
post #15 of 18
Just to help clarify (hopefully):

Think of it like this. The CPU isn't getting updates, it's the motherboard's bios that is. So it is the medium reading the device that gets updated. The GPU isn't actually getting updated (unless you get a new bios for your GPU, but that is totally different) it is the SYSTEM READING the GPU getting the update.

All you are doing is allowing the interpretation of the hardware to change, allowing for a progression of clarity - bios update will allow for your CPU, which is unchanged, to perform better due to issues such as... well, reading the specs properly, for one famous intel issue from a while ago.

GPU is being read by the system in order to interpret what will be output as an image/video/etc. Thus, the system must be able to interpret the limits of the GPU. Thus, the drivers are really just an update for the system to understand what language the GPU speaks, so you're just getting a better translator (hence the nvidia driver update that allowed for a 500% performance increase in dragon age 2).

I hope I didn't just confuse you
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post #16 of 18
never have to change/update mine
but I'm on Linux
stuff is done right the first time here
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Yep....Windows is a pain in the ass but Linux is like sailing on an unsinkable ship that cannot be brought down by an iceberg or a cruise missile. Hell probably a nuke can br-....wait you can nuke the OS with rm -rf /*.... nevermind
 
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Yep....Windows is a pain in the ass but Linux is like sailing on an unsinkable ship that cannot be brought down by an iceberg or a cruise missile. Hell probably a nuke can br-....wait you can nuke the OS with rm -rf /*.... nevermind
that -rf /* dose not work any more
or latest with most distros
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