Originally Posted by opus malice
I'm a little confused with the chipset drivers from AMD for my ASUS Crosshair V formula Z. When i go to install the chipset from ASUS's website for the board it wants to install the Catalyst Control Center. I was reluctent to install this because it was an older version of Catalyst then i already had installed. Do i already have the Chipset for my board with the Catalyst driver for my card from AMD's website? I thought it was just for my graphics!!! Should i install the Chipset with the control center than install the newest version of Catayst again or will it see i already have the newest version?
Your confusion is well placed. The Crosshair is the first mainboard with an AMD chipset for me and I too was perplexed about the application (of) Catalyst as it pertains to drivers other than the GPU. Fortunately the tool has a stare and compare function and I don't believe it will downgrade without your permission. If you grab the April 2013 chipset drivers from AMD in my case with the base V, you will likely be offered only those newer drivers you don't have already installed.
Having said that, I also have an M2N32-SLI Deluxe and that board uses an Nvidia chipset. So if you use Nvidia GPUs are you are supposed to, then their Nforce drivers use a similar function to integrate into their Control Panel software so in the end they both treat the area of driver install in a similar way.
Originally Posted by Paul17041993
don't install anything from ASUS in general.
and drivers wise, you don't need any, everything's inside windows already, should only have to worry about your graphics drivers and sound if you have a soundcard, RAID/AHCI at installing windows7 but 8 doesn't need anything (it has the RAID and AHCI inside already), I'm not sure about the onboard sound though but being a realtech chip you'll have basic drivers to start with anyway.
While generally true, you have to use software from Asus to install the Soundblaster and THX software as that is licensed.
I believe I use the ASMEDIA drivers from Asus website too. If there's an alternate newer location, I'd be okay to get those but haven't found a source.
And even though Windows 8 may include suitable drivers, I believe the hardware manufacturers would have newer versions more recent than what Microsoft supplied with the OS.