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Updating Drivers? Is it needed?

I am in the computer repair business
and I have always updated my drivers (GPU,TV Tuner,Soundcard etc)
when new ones have come out.

I have just recently had a problem with my HD 5670
with bad flickering and BSODs

So I DLd 11.6 CCC package
I had 11.9 recently installed

So i removed the latest driver
and installed the older driver I remember working well


So I have come to a conclusion
If you have a older piece of hardware ie HD 5670
(over a year or two)
then if it is running well dont bother with updating drivers
Use the drivers that came out about 6-12 months after product launch
since they will probably be stabel
Really I dont think that ATI/AMD did any kind of update to the HD 5xxx
series lately anyway


So basically if you if are running HD 5xxx and everything is fine
Dont update
Unless you are running Crossfire and need new profiles

Do you agree or disagree Toms Community?
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More about updating drivers needed
  1. yup, i agree with you but there is some difference,
    If your card supports upcoming features then you must update your driver for getting better quality or performance otherwise do not update,
    because unsupported features keep on creating problems for GPU and system performance also because these features still running in background on your system.

    The conclusion is that you must check your Card or system configuration first before installing any update.
  2. You should read the driver release notes to see what improvements are made to determine if you will benefit, otherwise no you don't have to upgrade your drivers unless a new game requires it.
  3. I am glad to see that you agree

    @ yasir

    Very true. For example with the ATI Stream and UVD
    it can be worth updating some older cards

    @ billj214

    I agree but a certain point in the lifespan of a card
    after about a year - 2 years
    IE HD 5xxx
    I dont think that there will be any improvements made
    I dont think that AMD will be doing any more work on the 5xxx cards

    Since I went back to 11.6 everything has been fine so far
    11.9 just was horrible with my HD 5670

    even with other parts like sound cards and tv tuners
    after about a year or two
    if it is running fine then I dont think upgrading drivers is worth it
  4. My rule is: never updating if your PC is stable, because sometimes the latest version is not always the best... ;)
  5. Totally agree now wa1
    I was always thinking you should stay updated
    and of course with Java,Adobe reader and flash apps
    then I still think that is true
    but with drivers
    "if it aint broke dont fix it"
    is a good rule

    BTW wa1 it would be great if you came over to the benching thread
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tomshardwareus.inc&cat=33&post=330231&page=1&p=1&sondage=0&owntopic=1&trash=0&trash_post=0&print=0&numreponse=0&quote_only=0&new=0&nojs=0

    Little Dinosaur would be great to bench against my Dell

    Really similar in performance
    I have a C2D at 3ghz also
    it would be fun benching against you :)
  6. Best answer
    Yes good point about the age of the card but as for my older Nvidia cards like 8600gt or 9600gt, they still use the same drivers as current cards like the GTX580. If you download the latest driver 285.62 and look at supported cards it will list cards over 8 years old. This doesn't mean your card will benefit from the driver updates but if you read the release notes it gives you specifics about the update.

    http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/285.62/285.62-Win7-WinVista-Desktop-Release-Notes.pdf

    I also was in the repair business for many years, from 1992 to 2001 and as for my advice from a PC repair guy to another if the customers PC is working then don't touch it since the chances of causing another problems is very likely! The philosophy from Dell, HP etc is run the restore disk and that's it since software issues will almost always take too much time to troubleshoot and cost you money!

    Also most driver updates fix things more than they cause problems but in very few cases they will cause another issue and you have to rollback!

    :)
  7. I agree completely about customers PCs
    I will update adobe,java and codecs
    but not drivers unless absolutely needed

    for my own system I think I got caught up with
    thinking EVERYTHING needed to be up to date
    It was kind of a point of pride
    Weird I know :)
  8. Best answer selected by king smp.
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