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Should I Install Asus Motherboard Drivers With Windows 8 ??

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September 4, 2013 3:19:16 AM

Should I bother install drivers and/or utilities from Asus website??
I just made a clean install of Windows 8 (first time having windows 8) - and it seems to me that Windows 8 recognized all there is to recognize on my board.

My mobo is: Asus Sabertooth Z77. My OS is Windows 8 64 bit Pro.
When I go to Asus Drivers: http://support.asus.com/download/Options.aspx?SLanguage...
And search for my motherboard model and OS (please search too so you will see what I am referring to) I get a very long and confusing list of options.

[Back in my old Win7 64 bit install, I simply installed: the chipset, the audio software for realtek audio manger, the two USB 3 drivers, and maybe the SATA I don't remember..]

My question is, is it really that necessary to install some of those drivers for Win8, and which are important?

A) USB: I can't find any USB3 drivers for Windows 8 !!! Will that mean my USB 3.0 are running as standard USB 2.0? or not fully optimized to their best speed??
For Windows 7 64 bit, I get these two options:
Intel USB 3.0 Driver V 1.0.5.235 for Windows Win7 32bit & Win7 64bit---(WHQL)
Asmedia USB 3.0 Driver V1.14.3.0 for Windows XP 32bit & XP 64bit & Win7 32bit & Win7 64bit.(WHQL)

Win 8 HAVE NO USB BAR TO PICK FROM....

B) Chipset: I have installed what seemed to be the latest chipset driver:
Intel Chipset Driver V9.3.0.1021 for Windows XP 32bit & XP 64bit & Win7 32bit & Win7 64bit & Win8 32bit & Win8 64bit.(WHQL)
This was a year old..

C) Audio: should I install this?

D) SATA: What the heck should I install from here, if any???
Intel Smart Connect Technology Software
Intel Rapid Start Technology Software
AS media AHCI Driver V1.3.4.0 for Windows

E) Utilities: Do I need to install ASUS AI Suite II or that Lucid Virtu Universal MVP Software ???

Anything Else I need or not need to install?
I really don't like installing drivers and software that are not truly necessary, and my current rig is a gaming rig, therefore I want to optimize it to 100% performance.

Please help me pick what to install exactly, and explain why.
September 4, 2013 3:40:38 AM

I recommend installing it all making sure you have the latest drivers and is you don't have RealTek (audio driver) I dont see how your PC will play any sound. As far as USB drivers Win8 sholdn't really have that stuff it should be on your install disc for your Asus mobo that came with it when you purchased it or on the company site somewhere for your specific mobo I believe. I don't see why Win8 wouldn't be optimized for USB3 but I am confident that the OS itself shouldn't actually contain the drivers.
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September 4, 2013 3:50:33 AM

The Kasafist said:
I recommend installing it all making sure you have the latest drivers and is you don't have RealTek (audio driver) I dont see how your PC will play any sound. As far as USB drivers Win8 sholdn't really have that stuff it should be on your install disc for your Asus mobo that came with it when you purchased it or on the company site somewhere for your specific mobo I believe. I don't see why Win8 wouldn't be optimized for USB3 but I am confident that the OS itself shouldn't actually contain the drivers.


I rather not install drivers from the original mobo CD since they are quite out-dated. Also I didn't mean to say the OS included all the drivers, what I mean is: I think Windows 8, during its many update and install, searched online for drivers.
Thing is, if you follow the link I added above, and choose my motherboard: Asus Sabertooth Z77, you will see that the two USB 3.0 drivers (intel and the third party) - are not available for Windows 8 for some reason, but if you choose Win 7 64 bit as your OS, those drivers will show up in the list..

Anyway, there are tons of drivers and software there... since I don't want to install junk, I really need help choosing.
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September 4, 2013 4:02:34 AM

Ransome said:
The Kasafist said:
I recommend installing it all making sure you have the latest drivers and is you don't have RealTek (audio driver) I dont see how your PC will play any sound. As far as USB drivers Win8 sholdn't really have that stuff it should be on your install disc for your Asus mobo that came with it when you purchased it or on the company site somewhere for your specific mobo I believe. I don't see why Win8 wouldn't be optimized for USB3 but I am confident that the OS itself shouldn't actually contain the drivers.


I rather not install drivers from the original mobo CD since they are quite out-dated. Also I didn't mean to say the OS included all the drivers, what I mean is: I think Windows 8, during its many update and install, searched online for drivers.
Thing is, if you follow the link I added above, and choose my motherboard: Asus Sabertooth Z77, you will see that the two USB 3.0 drivers (intel and the third party) - are not available for Windows 8 for some reason, but if you choose Win 7 64 bit as your OS, those drivers will show up in the list..

Anyway, there are tons of drivers and software there... since I don't want to install junk, I really need help choosing.


Seems like perhaps they are still working on the USB3 drivers then Win8 is still new my friend. Since RealTek is an audio driver if you ever want to hear anything i recommend you getting RealTek just snatch the latest one they have. I have no clue as to whether Win8 may actually even be pre-prepared for USB3 that may be something to search like if perhaps it already recognizes them as such who knows. My guess is no drivers on site then there probably not quite there yet.
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September 4, 2013 4:03:36 AM

You didn't say which socket # you are running so I just looked at the 1155 list for Win 8. You are correct in that the USB 3.0 driver doesn't appear and maybe Win8 is configured for it (I only run Win7 and I installed all the drivers for my ASUS MoBo from the website. That being said, ASUS complicates things by including all the old drivers on the site as well. I think Gigabyte do a better job in this regard.) You should be able to open the Device Manager in the Control Panel and see what USB hubs are running on your computer. This will tell you if there is a USB 3.0 hub installed. The ASUS Utility download does have a Turbo Boost for USB 3.0.

For sure you need to install the following: Chipset, Audio, LAN, Firmware, Utilities, & SATA. If you are not going to overclock or do anything fancy the installed BIOS should work just fine otherwise, you will need to install the BIOS and BIOS utilities. AFAIK the VGA driver is only for Intel on CPU video and if you are running a separate GPU you don't need that one.

My customary practice for new build is to download all the current drivers to a USB stick and install them rather than using the driver disc that ASUS/Gigabyte send along. This way you know that the drivers are all current and you don't have to go back and update drivers. I never install beta drivers.
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September 4, 2013 4:12:16 AM

He doesn't need to its a Z77 thats a 1155 socket. BIOS, BIOS-Utiities, Chipset, Audio, VGA, Firmware, LAN, Utilities, Wireless (if you even care or plan to connect to anything wirelessly), SATA (personally this may already have drivers optimized to use USB3 but I wouldn't know for certain)

If you want to find out more about this mobo the bottom of the list says manual I recommend referrencing the manual to find out for sure what this mobo can do with Win8 and what it cant along with what may be Intel, AMD or Nvidia specific. Leavig out all beta drivers of course!
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September 4, 2013 4:30:29 AM

Alan G said:
You didn't say which socket # you are running so I just looked at the 1155 list for Win 8. You are correct in that the USB 3.0 driver doesn't appear and maybe Win8 is configured for it (I only run Win7 and I installed all the drivers for my ASUS MoBo from the website. That being said, ASUS complicates things by including all the old drivers on the site as well. I think Gigabyte do a better job in this regard.) You should be able to open the Device Manager in the Control Panel and see what USB hubs are running on your computer. This will tell you if there is a USB 3.0 hub installed. The ASUS Utility download does have a Turbo Boost for USB 3.0.

For sure you need to install the following: Chipset, Audio, LAN, Firmware, Utilities, & SATA. If you are not going to overclock or do anything fancy the installed BIOS should work just fine otherwise, you will need to install the BIOS and BIOS utilities. AFAIK the VGA driver is only for Intel on CPU video and if you are running a separate GPU you don't need that one.

My customary practice for new build is to download all the current drivers to a USB stick and install them rather than using the driver disc that ASUS/Gigabyte send along. This way you know that the drivers are all current and you don't have to go back and update drivers. I never install beta drivers.


The Kasafist said:
He doesn't need to its a Z77 thats a 1155 socket. BIOS, BIOS-Utiities, Chipset, Audio, VGA, Firmware, LAN, Utilities, Wireless (if you even care or plan to connect to anything wirelessly), SATA (personally this may already have drivers optimized to use USB3 but I wouldn't know for certain)

If you want to find out more about this mobo the bottom of the list says manual I recommend referrencing the manual to find out for sure what this mobo can do with Win8 and what it cant along with what may be Intel, AMD or Nvidia specific. Leavig out all beta drivers of course!


Should I just try to install Asus AI SUITE II : I think it got sort of auto-updater feature, that searches online and updates your stuff... but it is also quite a heavy software with lots of weird tools like thermal control. Or I can just try to install the latest EZ UPDATE..

OMG THIS IS SO ANNOYING.. I am really stuck

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September 4, 2013 4:41:30 AM

My wrong on the socket #; I'm running a Z77 Board and of course it's 1155. I installed the AI Suite and do use it occasionally. I have 16MB of RAM installed so it's not a big deal to have it install on startup. You certainly can get along without it and install it later if you want. If you don't install the little WiFi chip on the MoBo you don't have to install the WiFi drivers as they would be superfluous.
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September 4, 2013 4:57:35 AM

Alan G said:
My wrong on the socket #; I'm running a Z77 Board and of course it's 1155. I installed the AI Suite and do use it occasionally. I have 16MB of RAM installed so it's not a big deal to have it install on startup. You certainly can get along without it and install it later if you want. If you don't install the little WiFi chip on the MoBo you don't have to install the WiFi drivers as they would be superfluous.


Hey man, tell me? do you have steam maybe? so we can talk on the mic?
Also, please help, I tried installing Asus AI SUITE: the thing DESTROYED MY SYSTEM. It slowed everything to a grinding crawl.. to a degree I type a letter, and it takes it 2-3 seconds to appear. I tried uninstalling it (I only install USB3 boost an Asus Update) and now I am left with Asmedia ASM USB 3.0 Host controller Driver - not sure how that happened?!

now my system speed seems ok, but I am afraid there was some damage done.
I am considering using Refresh My Pc - in windows..
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September 4, 2013 5:05:58 AM

I won't be of much help as I only run Win7. It may be that Win8 installed your USB controller since there is not one on the ASUS driver site. How much RAM are you running? I know on my system I can uninstall the AISuite through the normal process and I suspect that if you uninstalled it nothing bad would have happened. If your system speed id OK, leave well enough alone. As I noted, I'm not a gamer so 'full speed ahead' is not that important for my system. I just need the speed and RAM I have for photo editing (sometimes file sizes get quite large).
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September 4, 2013 5:11:06 AM

If someone can get in contact with me in steam, that would be awesome. easier chatting and voice-chat. You can find me as:
Ransom Seraph

I am not sure how to install USB3.
Not sure which of the SATA drivers to install, there are 3 of them...
and I am not sure about the rest tbh..

Can someone please explain in detail what drivers to install exactly and how?
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September 4, 2013 5:14:46 AM

Alan G said:
I won't be of much help as I only run Win7. It may be that Win8 installed your USB controller since there is not one on the ASUS driver site. How much RAM are you running? I know on my system I can uninstall the AISuite through the normal process and I suspect that if you uninstalled it nothing bad would have happened. If your system speed id OK, leave well enough alone. As I noted, I'm not a gamer so 'full speed ahead' is not that important for my system. I just need the speed and RAM I have for photo editing (sometimes file sizes get quite large).


I uninstalled that USB 3.0 Asmedia - I know that was stupid, but I was trying to fix that slow-down issues. I have 16 GB of 1600 MHz RAM. no reason for AISuite to slow down my system... not sure what happened..
I also tried using EZupdate- but it did nothing and found nothing...

can we still chat over steam? even if you have win7, you can still help me a lot..
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September 4, 2013 5:58:03 AM

Ransome said:
Alan G said:
I won't be of much help as I only run Win7. It may be that Win8 installed your USB controller since there is not one on the ASUS driver site. How much RAM are you running? I know on my system I can uninstall the AISuite through the normal process and I suspect that if you uninstalled it nothing bad would have happened. If your system speed id OK, leave well enough alone. As I noted, I'm not a gamer so 'full speed ahead' is not that important for my system. I just need the speed and RAM I have for photo editing (sometimes file sizes get quite large).


I uninstalled that USB 3.0 Asmedia - I know that was stupid, but I was trying to fix that slow-down issues. I have 16 GB of 1600 MHz RAM. no reason for AISuite to slow down my system... not sure what happened..
I also tried using EZupdate- but it did nothing and found nothing...

can we still chat over steam? even if you have win7, you can still help me a lot..


I really really recommend following your user manual and downloading that from the Asus site. Sometimes it will be something really simple or it can be something really deatailed. Software issues are extremely difficult to fix without that person literally controlling that particular pc in person (Or virtually but physically controlling the pc). I still recommened downloading that manual even if someone could chat with you online through Steam. Just in case the helper needs to referrence. Personally I would go on Steam only I haven't gotten my webcam yet nor am I near my actual pc at this time otherwise I would try to help further.
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September 4, 2013 6:13:05 AM

Windows 8 natively support USB 3.0, there is no need to install USB 3.0 drivers separately for Windows 8. Details on the inclusion of USB 3.0 native support can be found here on the Building Windows blog.

If this is your first experience with Windows 8, you may want to take the time to review the Windows 8 Jump Start for IT Professionals by the Springboard Series on TechNet. This six session review of Windows 8 looks deeply into the new technologies and capabilities of Windows 8 from the perspective of a system administrator and is exceptionally useful for quickly exploring the new operating system.
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September 4, 2013 6:31:18 AM

WinOutreach2 said:
Windows 8 natively support USB 3.0, there is no need to install USB 3.0 drivers separately for Windows 8. Details on the inclusion of USB 3.0 native support can be found here on the Building Windows blog.

If this is your first experience with Windows 8, you may want to take the time to review the Windows 8 Jump Start for IT Professionals by the Springboard Series on TechNet. This six session review of Windows 8 looks deeply into the new technologies and capabilities of Windows 8 from the perspective of a system administrator and is exceptionally useful for quickly exploring the new operating system.


I was beginning to think this assuming Win8 being the latest OS but didn't want to say for sure since I am no Windows Professional in any way LOL! Although the OP is still wondering as to what other drivers on the Asus to install of which I cannot say more than simply referrencing the manual!
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September 4, 2013 10:04:58 AM

The general rule of thumb is to install the latest drivers from the motherboard manufacturer for every device you have installed.

Chipset software doesn’t get updated that often, you can use the one linked which is the latest version validated by ASUS for that model, or you could download the latest chipset INF from Intel directly. That file would be newer, but would not have been tested by ASUS on that motherboard and approved.

Audio should be installed from ASUS or Realtek, with the same stipulation as above.

Intel Smart Connect and Intel Rapid Start are two specific technologies which are optional to install. Information on them can be found here and here respectively.

The ASMedia SATA driver is necessary to utilize the extra two ports on the motherboard.

Bear in mind that drivers are produced and updated by the manufacturer for a reason. To ensure proper operation of Windows, it is recommended to follow the manufacturer specifications for driver installation.
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September 5, 2013 12:16:04 AM

WinOutreach2 said:
The general rule of thumb is to install the latest drivers from the motherboard manufacturer for every device you have installed.

Chipset software doesn’t get updated that often, you can use the one linked which is the latest version validated by ASUS for that model, or you could download the latest chipset INF from Intel directly. That file would be newer, but would not have been tested by ASUS on that motherboard and approved.

Audio should be installed from ASUS or Realtek, with the same stipulation as above.

Intel Smart Connect and Intel Rapid Start are two specific technologies which are optional to install. Information on them can be found here and here respectively.

The ASMedia SATA driver is necessary to utilize the extra two ports on the motherboard.

Bear in mind that drivers are produced and updated by the manufacturer for a reason. To ensure proper operation of Windows, it is recommended to follow the manufacturer specifications for driver installation.


What is the exact name of "ASMedia SATA driver" ??? I can't find it for windows 8! Are you referring to Intel Rapid Storage?
can you please go to Asus website/drivers > search for Sabertooth Z77 > Win 8 64 bit > and find the exact name of the SATA driver.
(I am not sure if Asus made a driver for win8, maybe only for win7..).

I am experience a performance drop in comparison to my Win 7 install last time. I have made zero changes to hardware or software aside from installing a fresh win8.
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September 5, 2013 6:21:36 AM

The exact name of the driver is Asmedia AHCI Driver V1.3.4.0 for Windows 8 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL), it is the last one in the list under the SATA category.
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September 5, 2013 10:55:25 AM

WinOutreach2 said:
The exact name of the driver is Asmedia AHCI Driver V1.3.4.0 for Windows 8 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL), it is the last one in the list under the SATA category.


WinOutreach2 said:
The exact name of the driver is Asmedia AHCI Driver V1.3.4.0 for Windows 8 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL), it is the last one in the list under the SATA category.


Can you help me maybe? I have Logitech G510, and G500 (keyboard and mouse). I am using the latest Logitech Gaming Software from Logitech for Win8 64 bit. But my system keeps "losing" the keyboard and the software with it. When this happens, my Logitech-keyboard lcd screen goes blank, and my system starts moving slowly (sometimes), types slowly, search, and some things might not work right - like downloading a file from explorer.

Also evertime I boot into win8, I hear a sound, as if he found the keyboard again, and then after 10-15 seconds, another sound (found another software) - and the lcd screen on the keyboard activates and shows the clock etc..
What the hell? this issue is bizarre, I can't get my gaming keyboard and mouse to work properly...
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September 6, 2013 7:53:20 AM

If you are hearing those sounds then you are most likely correct that something is causing the system to re-detect the devices. The first thing I would suggest is plugging them into USB 2.0 ports (the four black slots at the top of the I/O panel) if they are plugged into USB 3.0 ports currently (blue slots by red eSATA and network ports) to ensure that you are not experiencing some issue between the USB 3.0 chipset and the devices.

If that does not resolve the issue, I would recommend contacting Logitech support. Both devices are listed as fully compatible with Windows 8 by Logitech here in this support article.
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September 6, 2013 8:28:06 AM

WinOutreach2 said:
If you are hearing those sounds then you are most likely correct that something is causing the system to re-detect the devices. The first thing I would suggest is plugging them into USB 2.0 ports (the four black slots at the top of the I/O panel) if they are plugged into USB 3.0 ports currently (blue slots by red eSATA and network ports) to ensure that you are not experiencing some issue between the USB 3.0 chipset and the devices.

If that does not resolve the issue, I would recommend contacting Logitech support. Both devices are listed as fully compatible with Windows 8 by Logitech here in this support article.


WinOutreach2 said:
If you are hearing those sounds then you are most likely correct that something is causing the system to re-detect the devices. The first thing I would suggest is plugging them into USB 2.0 ports (the four black slots at the top of the I/O panel) if they are plugged into USB 3.0 ports currently (blue slots by red eSATA and network ports) to ensure that you are not experiencing some issue between the USB 3.0 chipset and the devices.

If that does not resolve the issue, I would recommend contacting Logitech support. Both devices are listed as fully compatible with Windows 8 by Logitech here in this support article.


Man! you are amazing!! I think I know exactly what the problem now! and I have no idea how to fix it!
I did exactly what you said I should do, connecting my Logitech G510 and G500 to the USB 2.0 ports. Restarted my pc, and once windows boot again, same thing:
Disconnect BEEP.
10 seconds~
Connect BEEP.

Only this time I moved right into: right corner (win8) > settings > change PC settings > Devices : and check to see what is going on!
and there it was: HID-Compliant Mouse and HID-Keyboard Device both appeared out of thin air!! those two are those "detected" devices that keep disconnecting and connecting on every boot - making annoying beeps!
Now I should mention, that Logitech Gaming Mouse G500 and Logitech Gaming Keyboard G510 - STAY THE SAME - They don't disappear from the list, or re-appear.
OK so I left Device manger open, left it wide open, and removed those devices (using "device and printers"), Here is what was removed:
Keyboard: one HID Keyboard Device disappeared.
Mice and other pointing devices (lol): one HID-compliant Mouse disappeared.
Human Interface Devices: 2 values disappeared: Logitech Gaming Virtual Keyboard and Logitech Gaming Virtual Mouse.

So I figure what I need to do is somehow remove those two Virtual Keyboard and Mouse for good (cause they are tied to the HID-devices- as they both disappeared respectively at the same time)
How can I remove a hardware from device manger - so that Windows 8 will STOP TRYING TO FIND IT AGAIN ON BOOT?

Guys, please help! Thanks in advance!
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September 6, 2013 12:35:39 PM

From what you describe, this behavior seems intended. The virtual keyboard and mouse appear to be created by the Logitech software, perhaps as it launches during the startup routine. They likely provide more complex connectivity to the hardware in order to facilitate the advanced features of the devices, as such, they are probably required.

I would uninstall the Logitech software completely to see if the issue persists. While that may not provide you with the more advanced features of the devices, it would provide you with evidence that the issue lies in the Logitech software. I would then get the latest Logitech software from the Logitech Support+Downloads page. Perhaps this is a known issue that has been resolved in a more recent update, or perhaps the previous installation did not install with the proper permissions to be prioritized on boot.

Again, if this fails, contacting Logitech Support will likely be your most efficient recourse. This may be known and expected behavior, or this may be something for which they recommend additional configuration, such as changing the priority of the service or settings within the software.
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September 7, 2013 5:40:12 AM

WinOutreach2 said:
From what you describe, this behavior seems intended. The virtual keyboard and mouse appear to be created by the Logitech software, perhaps as it launches during the startup routine. They likely provide more complex connectivity to the hardware in order to facilitate the advanced features of the devices, as such, they are probably required.

I would uninstall the Logitech software completely to see if the issue persists. While that may not provide you with the more advanced features of the devices, it would provide you with evidence that the issue lies in the Logitech software. I would then get the latest Logitech software from the Logitech Support+Downloads page. Perhaps this is a known issue that has been resolved in a more recent update, or perhaps the previous installation did not install with the proper permissions to be prioritized on boot.

Again, if this fails, contacting Logitech Support will likely be your most efficient recourse. This may be known and expected behavior, or this may be something for which they recommend additional configuration, such as changing the priority of the service or settings within the software.


I might try to contact Logitech Support, though I really doubt that will ever help. About services, maybe logtiech is assigned as a "delayed start-up"? I can't find it though in View Local Services..
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