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joyfulPo
09-21-2012, 12:44 PM
They don't share the same version id so I think it's a valid question for a newbie like me.
What is the difference between ASUS GeForce drivers and NVIDIA GeForce drivers?

Is there any point in installing or paying attention to what kind of GeForce drivers I get from ASUS support site?
When I can just go to NVIDIAs driver site?

And if it's all the same, eh .. why is there different version id on each? Oh and there is no release notes that I could find with the ASUS drivers.

Shawnnepc
09-21-2012, 01:23 PM
They exist for users who aren't aware that NVIDIA exists or has it's own drivers.

It's also the most 'stable' tested version on that laptop.

I would avoid them because they're woefully out of date




They don't share the same version id so I think it's a valid question for a newbie like me.
What is the difference between ASUS GeForce drivers and NVIDIA GeForce drivers?

Is there any point in installing or paying attention to what kind of GeForce drivers I get from ASUS support site?
When I can just go to NVIDIAs driver site?

And if it's all the same, eh .. why is there different version id on each? Oh and there is no release notes that I could find with the ASUS drivers.

cl-scott
09-21-2012, 04:46 PM
More or less as stated, the drivers offered on the Asus site have been tested and found to work well with that model. However, 99.99% of the time, the latest drivers from nVidia or AMD (depending on the GPU) will work equally well.

joyfulPo
09-21-2012, 07:09 PM
I have the drivers that came with the laptop.

Should I update to the newest NVIDIA drivers? Cus I'm afraid I get some sort of unstability, heat issues.

Right now the video thing seem stable enough, for me.

Shawnnepc
09-21-2012, 08:55 PM
I have the drivers that came with the laptop.

Should I update to the newest NVIDIA drivers? Cus I'm afraid I get some sort of unstability, heat issues.

Right now the video thing seem stable enough, for me.

Yes.

NVIDIA tends to optimize a bunch of games with each new driver release. If you plan on playing modern games you will benefit from downloading the latest stable NVIDIA drivers

cl-scott
09-21-2012, 09:08 PM
Yes.

NVIDIA tends to optimize a bunch of games with each new driver release. If you plan on playing modern games you will benefit from downloading the latest stable NVIDIA drivers

And just to add to this, there's nothing stopping you from reverting back to the older release if, for whatever reason, the newer ones do not work well for you. It just takes a lot of time and effort for someone here at Asus to test every single driver release from nVidia and AMD (as well as Intel for IGPs) with every single model that has an affected GPU (or IGP). So it only happens periodically. nVidia tests their drivers with the same chipsets, so all you have to worry about is that every now and then nVidia puts out driver releases with bugs. The 296.xx releases would cause some cards to occasionally lock up with a kind of pinkish-purple screen for example. You probably won't get those with the Asus ones, but to be fair to nVidia, those are pretty rare to begin with.

Zygomorphic
09-21-2012, 09:17 PM
If you have a non-optimus laptop, definitely get the nVidia drivers, they are newer and work perfectly. Unlike AMD, nVidia certifies its reference drivers on every notebook computer minus Sony (go figure) and a few Fujitsu's. Also, they specifically disclaim Optimus configurations, since those can be custom. Standard, no-frills nVidia GPU-powered notebooks work perfectly fine according to nVidia.