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Is it necessary to load mobo and video drivers?

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January 1, 2010 4:37:41 PM

I upgraded my home computer recently with a fresh install of Win7-32. I didn't load any mobo or video card drivers. I'm not gaming and otherwise the machine seems to run fine. Should I load drivers from the mobo and video card manufacturer, or is it sufficient for Windows to retrieve what it thinks it needs? This machine has a Q9400 processor on a Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R motherboard and a MSI R4670-2D512 video card.

Likewise I just built an i5 machine for my office with Win7-64 and did the same thing- let Windows get the drivers that it wanted. After the install and connecting to the internet it did retrieve a specific driver for the video card. This machine has an i5-750 on a Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R motherboard and a EVGA 9500GT video card.
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January 1, 2010 5:23:57 PM

cadder said:
Should I load drivers from the mobo and video card manufacturer, or is it sufficient for Windows to retrieve what it thinks it needs?

Should. Generic Windows motherboard chipset drivers will work OK except for the sound chip. You should use the manufacturer's video driver to unlock the full potential of the video card.
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