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Poll Results: Windows 7x64 installation, which motherboard drivers should be used?

 
  • 0% (0)
    Microsoft's drivers
  • 0% (0)
    The latest drivers from the motherboard manufacturer (ex. Asus)
  • 33% (1)
    The latest drivers from the chipset manufacturer (ex. Intel & Marvell)
  • 66% (2)
    It depends on the component is different (see post)
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post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
I just completed a fresh install of Windows 7 x64 and I can't remember what I did a year ago when I got my board. I guess I'll turn this into a poll to see what the consensus is, but I'd really like help looking at each component. Would some of you mind suggesting what drivers should used for the following? I'm especially torn between MS default SSD drivers vs. Intel's.

1. NEC USB 3.0 drivers
2. Intel ICHI10 drivers
3. Marvell Yukon Ethernet drivers
4. Marvell SATA 6.0 drivers
4. Intel SSD drivers
5. Asus ACHI/ATK
6. Via 1394 (Firewire)

MS default vs. Asus latest drivers vs. Manufacturer's latest drivers
    
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post #2 of 6
I don't understand. Do you mean what order, or which ones? Cause most are for different components.
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post #3 of 6
He wants to know which driver you use

I think its different based on the component

GPU I use Nvidia/ATI drivers

Other than that I tend to use the drivers from the manufactuer (Asus etc...)
post #4 of 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by jpinard View Post
I just completed a fresh install of Windows 7 x64 and I can't remember what I did a year ago when I got my board. I guess I'll turn this into a poll to see what the consensus is, but I'd really like help looking at each component. Would some of you mind suggesting what drivers should used for the following? I'm especially torn between MS default SSD drivers vs. Intel's.

1. NEC USB 3.0 drivers
2. Intel ICHI10 drivers
3. Marvell Yukon Ethernet drivers
4. Marvell SATA 6.0 drivers
4. Intel SSD drivers
5. Asus ACHI/ATK
6. Via 1394 (Firewire)

MS default vs. Asus latest drivers vs. Manufacturer's latest drivers
If your SSD is connected to one of the Intel-controlled SATA II (3 Gb/sec) ports (and it should be), then use this driver:

Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver version 10.1.0.1008

For the rest, I don't know. However, I would just use whatever the latest versions are on ASUS' website. By the way though: there are no drivers for solid state drives because it's just like hard drives and optical drives. I mean, there are drivers, but there's no need to be concerned about which one is used. Instead, be concerned about the driver for the controller that's controlling the SATA ports.
Edited by TwoCables - 5/3/11 at 7:56pm
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i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zackcy View Post
I don't understand.
I can leave things as they (the drivers installed & updated by Win 7). Or I can go to Intel's website, Marvell's website etc and download the latest drivers they've made, or I can use Asus's drivers available on their website. As I understand (or misunderstand) it seems the theory went:

MS = safe but maybe slower.
Chipset Manufacturer = latest, but maybe not perfect.
Motherboard manufacturer = they get lazy updating drivers after a while.
    
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MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
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post #6 of 6
Disable some of those things in the BIOS if you're not using them, such as the Marvell SATA controller. Or, ASUS AHCI/ATK (what's "ATK"?).
It's a computer!
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i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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It's a computer!
(19 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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