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Confusion regarding latest ASUS drivers and which drivers I should install

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I've never quite understood which drivers are optimal and most up to date / which ones I should be using.

I know everybody says to get the latest drivers off your motherboard manufacturer's website (in my case ASUS). It seems like these drivers are out of date as well though.

When I go to Intel's website to get the very latest drivers, I can't tell for certain if the drivers I'm getting are correct.

For example, I'm trying to get the latest drivers for my ASUS H87I-Plus (H87 chipset). If I select one of the Intel H87 boards and download the chipset, USB 3.0 and management engine drivers that correspond to that Intel board, will they work with my ASUS board as well?

In other words, regardless of manufacturer, are the same basic components used for every H87 board, Z87 board, Z77 board and so on? Obviously additional drivers will be required for 3rd party SATA, ethernet, USB and sound controllers on higher end boards that include these extras but the basic stuff you get with the Intel chipset is what I'm wondering about.

If anybody could clear this up for me I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks
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I checked the Intel site myself, could only find drivers for motherboards made by Intel.
Maybe Intel no longer posts drivers for the chip-sets, just their own motherboards.
So I'm guess it's not a good idea to try these drivers with your Asus made motherboard.

I checked Asus site, looks like the last motherboard driver update for your H87-Plus motherboard is Nov 28th 2013.
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Are you using Windows 7 or Windows 8? If you're using Windows 8, the USB 3.0 drivers should already be installed for you.
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Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post

I checked the Intel site myself, could only find drivers for motherboards made by Intel.
Maybe Intel no longer posts drivers for the chip-sets, just their own motherboards.
So I'm guess it's not a good idea to try these drivers with your Asus made motherboard.

I checked Asus site, looks like the last motherboard driver update for your H87-Plus motherboard is Nov 28th 2013.

I guess I was always under the assumption that most of those drivers on Intel's website will work for all boards (as long as the boards have the same chipset). Doesn't Intel make the drivers for the other motherboard manufacturers (at least the chipset drivers, Intel ethernet, USB 3.0)? I remember a driver information thread I saw awhile back for x79 based ASUS boards and most of the driver downloads were on Intel's website (ethernet, management engine, chipset).

When I look up the H87 chipset drivers on Intel's website, the file size is around 5MB. If I get the chipset drivers from the ASUS site, the file size 256MB which seems odd.

Normally I'd just get the drivers off the ASUS site and be done with it but ASUS seems to be way behind Intel with regard to updates.
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Are you using Windows 7 or Windows 8? If you're using Windows 8, the USB 3.0 drivers should already be installed for you.

I'm using Windows 7 so I do need the USB 3.0 drivers as well.

Hopefully somebody can chime in and clear this up for me.

Thanks again for the suggestions.
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http://www.station-drivers.com/index.php/bios-pour-cartes-meres/12-bios-cartes-meres/541-h87i-plus


Good site, that I've been using for some time now, fast update with drivers / firmware / chipset / BIOS etc

(beware, spoken language is french)
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I guess I was always under the assumption that most of those drivers on Intel's website will work for all boards (as long as the boards have the same chipset). Doesn't Intel make the drivers for the other motherboard manufacturers (at least the chipset drivers, Intel ethernet, USB 3.0)? I remember a driver information thread I saw awhile back for x79 based ASUS boards and most of the driver downloads were on Intel's website (ethernet, management engine, chipset).
When I look up the H87 chipset drivers on Intel's website, the file size is around 5MB. If I get the chipset drivers from the ASUS site, the file size 256MB which seems odd.
Normally I'd just get the drivers off the ASUS site and be done with it but ASUS seems to be way behind Intel with regard to updates.
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Are you using Windows 7 or Windows 8? If you're using Windows 8, the USB 3.0 drivers should already be installed for you.
I'm using Windows 7 so I do need the USB 3.0 drivers as well.
Hopefully somebody can chime in and clear this up for me.
Thanks again for the suggestions.[/quote]


The Intel drivers might work for you.
Me personally would not take the chance, besides, the drivers on the Asus website were last updated 4 months ago, which to me would be considered fairly up to date.
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Intel supplies all the drivers and software for the hardware components it manufactures, from chipsets to networking chips. Mother board manufactures do not write drivers for any Intel or AMD hardware.

The huge chipset (INF) file installer that ASUS has is probably a collection of all the chipset installation programs for Intel chipsets from the 4 series up to the latest 8 series. That way they only need to keep track of one chipset installation program. If they are including something else in with it, then that is something they are not communicating to their customers.

Intel has backed off on supplying some of their drivers and software for use with non-Intel boards. For example, you can't get the IME software from the Intel download center, except from the download page for one of their own boards.

Otherwise, the Intel Download page has changed a bit. In the three items that must be filled in, choose Software Products in the first, then Chipset Software in the second, and the last one lists specific types of software downloads. Not all of them will provide what you may be looking for.

The driver installation programs for Intel boards might work on other boards, they have in the past just fine, but they may now check what board the installer is being run on, and quit if it is not an Intel board.

New does not always mean better, or even equal to an "older" driver. Intel has removed several versions of the IRST software that was found to have issues once used in the real world. IRST version 11.2 is generally accepted as the fastest version of this SATA driver, the current official version is 12.9.
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