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How do i determine correct Mbo Drivers? Sabertooth Z77

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Hello Everyone,

I just finished my new build and wanted to install the latest drivers for my motherboard, although i was unsure the correct drivers to install. What is the easiest way to determine exactly what i need? Under the latest BIOS alone i tried to download the latest updatte and it was in a .CAP file, which i am unfamiliar with on how to open..mad.gif

I used the disc that my board came with to install everything, although i wanted to optimize everything by installing the latest and greatest!

Here is a link to the drivers for my board: https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/SABERTOOTH_Z77/#support_Download

System Specs:
Windows 7 x64 Bit
Asus Sabertooth Z77
Intell Core i7 3770K IvyBridge
2x 8GB DDR3 1866 (16GB)
2x Crossfired AMD MSI 7970R OC Editions
1 TB HDD/ 1 100GB SSD
Corsair 1050 Watt PSU
Eyefinity Resolution 6048 X 1200



Edited by mtb88 - 3/26/13 at 8:03am
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Updating the BIOS is different from the drivers. There is a big difference. The drivers are software update, where the BIOS updates are firmware updates. There is a certain risk to updating firmware.

Some might disagree with my personal philosophy....
I update drivers because you want the best performance, I update the BIOS when I am experiencing issues. Leave the BIOS alone if everything works. I have seen multiple cases where people created new issues or bricked their motherboards by updating their BIOS.

That being said, the drivers should be in a .exe. The BIOS update usually involves a special update utility make by your motherboard manufacturer. You can't update the BIOS in Windows usually, you have to make a boot-able USB stick or CD. Your motherboards instruction manual will provide detailed instructions of how to update the BIOS.

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EDIT: Perhaps this might explain the layers of software better....

Driver (top layer)
OS (upper mid layer)
Firmware (lower mid layer)
Hardware (bottom layer)

EDIT2: For the updates that aren't the BIOS, some are optional bloatware some are necessary drivers. You will have to research each one. If the description doesn't help, google the name of the update. The particularly software you "need" is specific for each motherboard, and I am not going to take the time to go through each one unless you have a specific question about a specific utility.
Edited by crimsontears809739 - 3/26/13 at 9:57am
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i5 580M Dell 0R1203 NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M Samsung 4Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
TOSHIBA MK3256GSYF  TOSHIBA MK3256GSYF  DVD-Rom HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GU40N Windows 7 Professional 
Audio
Dell Computer 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Fami... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Athlon 64 X2 6400+  Asus M2N-E Nforce 500 SLi 8800GT  9800 GT 
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OCZ ReaperX WD LG lightscribe Multilayer DVD burner Windows 7 
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Thank you very much, I will do my research on these Drivers.
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