Searching Intel's website and asking their online form to give me drivers for the X58 chipset it refused to do so. Even more the drivers provided by the motherboard do not install the chipset drivers at all and Windows 7 only uses the Microsoft drivers.
So, my question is: Are chipset drivers for chipsets becoming a thing in the past?
(I have tried updating them manually, but I see no benefit after rebooting)
I believe ASUS tested the board with the drivers posted on the downlaod page. It's likely they will not post the latsest X58 chipset drivers form Intel. If the board is still in production two or three years from now, maybe.
It could be you were already up-to-date with the most recent versions.
Chipset drivers have not gone away.
No, it's a fresh install. If you're running Windows 7, go look at your motherboard drivers, they're all Microsoft. The chipset drivers will not update over the Microsoft drivers unless you update them one by one manually.