MOBO and GPU Drivers - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-06-2013, 01:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 9
Default MOBO and GPU Drivers

Newbie PC builder here... I understand that I need a few drivers: Chipset, LAN, USB, Audio, SATA3, and GPU.

1) What is the Chipset driver? Is that the same as "INF"?
2) There are 2 USB drivers available... one from ASMedia and one from Intel. What's the difference and which should I get?
3) Any other drivers that you recommend getting? I'm planning to OC to 4.2 GHz.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (Purchased For $169.99)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (Purchased For $49.99)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)

4) For the GPU drivers, do I just download the "Catalyst Software Suite"?
What is the "Catalyst Application Profiles"?... that seems to have the newest version.

Sapphire Technology Web Site


light94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2013, 02:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
Build Guru
PP Mguire's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 28,959
Default Re: MOBO and GPU Drivers

To be clear, you shouldn't need any of that in the list if you are running Windows 8.

If you're running Windows 7:
1: Yes the INF is chipset drivers.
2: You need both. Intel supports 2, the others come from an ASMedia controller.
3: All you should need is SATA3, USB3, and the INF if running Windows 7. You don't need to OC that chip at all currently. It's fine stock for everything.

4: Download the 13.8 beta drivers. They were recently released and are a vast improvement over the previous WHQL. CAPs are for Crossfire.
"Resolution is just a number." #Ubisoft
Origin/Steam = PP_Mguire Twitch = pp_mguire Instagram = ppmguire PSN = PP_Mguire

Access to my Plex PM me.
PP Mguire is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:11 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.