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Windows How often do you upgrade your GPU drivers?

Discussion in 'Gaming' started by silk186, 3 Jun 2017.

  1. silk186

    silk186 Derp

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    How often do you upgrade your GPU drivers?
    Do you install beta drivers and hot fix drivers as soon as they come out, even if you are not playing the games they target?
    Do you stick with official (non-beta) releases?
    Do these drives help at all with less recent to older games?

    I'm curious, do these 'hot fixes' only effect the listed games or do they effect general performance.
    Do driver releases in general improve the performance of older games or do they only target newer releases.

    I don't play a ton of new games, and a driver update requires a couple of restarts as I always use DDU which seems to update more often than the GPU drivers. I keep a lot of things running so it can be inconvenient. I upgraded to 16GB so I don't need to close word, excel, PDF, mendeley, ect. while gaming.
     
  2. bawjaws

    bawjaws Well-Known Member

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    I rarely update my drivers, but then again I'm using a pretty old GPU so I'm unlikely to get the benefit from new drivers in any case.
     
  3. SMIFFYDUDE

    SMIFFYDUDE Supermodders on my D

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    I upgrade everytime nvidia releases a new one, unless its one of those dodgy ones that overheats the card that is.
     
  4. Guest-56605

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    As a rule I'm normally one or two versions behind the current - Nvidia seem to release a specific game title so called optimised driver every few weeks of late :rolleyes: :hehe:

    The end result being it's normally been rushed and is glitchy.
     
  5. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Whenever they are beta tested by others to be stable :)
     
  6. silk186

    silk186 Derp

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    Do those 'specific game title so called optimised driver' only effect the performance of those titles or does it have a global effect?
     
  7. LennyRhys

    LennyRhys Oink!

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    I update drivers when I have to, e.g. if I'm running software that requires the latest drivers. Of late I've basically installed the latest drivers at the time of installing Windows, and I leave it at that.
     
  8. Xlog

    Xlog Active Member

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    Usually every time I reboot - so roughly every 3 months.
    As I don't really play the newest games (because of the bugs and prices), I dont bother to even check drivers improvements for a specific game.
     
  9. edzieba

    edzieba Virtual Realist

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    When the new driver notification ops. I never muck without with external 'driver cleaners' and the like, so I've never had an issue with a 'bad' driver upgrade.
     
  10. Hex

    Hex Paul?! Super Moderator

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    I generally update a few days after the official ones come out. I used to do it ASAP, but then a little while ago one (not even a beta one!) nearly killed my PC and caused a lot of grief. Nvidia released a fixed version a couple of days later, but it was enough for me to just wait and see from now on! If a new driver is out for more than a day and I don't see any news about it causing issues, usually good to go.

    I have a pretty old card so the updates don't really change much for me, but one of my jobs is testing games and they like us to have the newest drivers to rule that out as an issue when testing.
     
  11. Pete J

    Pete J Working from home?

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    Only bother if a new game needs it. So, not often these days!
     
  12. suenstar

    suenstar Collector of Things

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    I upgrade mine maybe every one or two months.
    There isn't usually a great need to upgrade drivers as I don't get many new games until they're knocked down in price later down the line.
     
  13. Otis1337

    Otis1337 aka - Ripp3r

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    when i get benefits from them. ie improvements in games i play.
     
  14. SuperHans123

    SuperHans123 Well-Known Member

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    When Nvidia tell me there is a new one available in the taskbar
     
  15. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    Every so often. Basically if a game whinges about it, or I remember. So about every three months.
     
  16. IanW

    IanW Grumpy Old Git

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    Since I only boot Windows when I feel like gaming, it seems I update GPU drivers every time I game.
     
  17. daveypro

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    this
     
  18. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    If I buy a new game and a driver comes out for that game I will update. Other than that? as little as I possibly have to tbh.

    Never worry about my GPUs overheating as none of them are on their stock fans. All are under water of sorts (be it an AIO or proper water).
     

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