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    gkatsanos is offline Junior Member
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    Default How many drivers/utilities are there really necessary to install?

    This is maybe a noob question but I think one that will be very useful as a reference.

    When buying a new m/b (like mine: GA-Z77X-UD5H) we get a bunch of drivers and utilities.

    Which of them are absolute necessary to install and what would be the best order to do so? (I don't have an optical drive so I get everything from the website)

    The reason I am asking is that I suspect some of them have rather negative than positive impact on the performance. (such as the USB drivers?)
    Loading a driver on boot has some impact on performance... so why load it if it's not necessary? ( windows 7 provides already a built-in driver in the Kernel )

    Here are the drivers listed in the gigabyte download website for this m/b model:

    Audio
    Creative SB X-Fi MB2 driver
    Realtek Function driver for Realtek Azalia audio chip (Including Microsoft UAA Driver in English edition)
    (what's really the difference between those two and do I need them? I haven't being able to run any of the Creative tools like the Panel and so on...)

    Chipset
    Intel Management Engine Interface
    Intel INF installation LAN
    Intel LAN Driver
    Atheros LAN driver
    SATA RAID/AHCI
    Intel Rapid Storage Technology
    Intel SATA Preinstall driver (For AHCI / RAID Mode) Note: Press F6 during Windows setup to read from floppy.
    does this mean I have to install this one before installing windows otherwise Windows won't be AHCI enabled? (mine seem to be and did no particular actions)
    Marvell Preinstall Driver Note: Press F6 during Windows setup to read from floppy.
    I guess I don't need this one if I don't use the Marvell controller...
    Marvell Storage Utility
    Same as above
    Marvell SATA Controller Driver
    Same as above

    USB 3.0
    Intel USB 3.0 Driver

    VGA
    Intel VGA Driver
    is it needed if I'm using my discrete Nvidia graph. card?

    Thanks in advance for your answers!

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    Default Re: How many drivers/utilities are there really necessary to install?

    just those imo

    Intel Management Engine Interface
    Intel INF installation LAN
    Intel LAN Driver

    the others are installed only if you need them otherwise the board will work and run fine without them
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    Default Re: How many drivers/utilities are there really necessary to install?

    wazza is right IMO but maily out side of those ia just a personal preference.

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    Default Re: How many drivers/utilities are there really necessary to install?

    Quote Originally Posted by gkatsanos View Post
    This is maybe a noob question but I think one that will be very useful as a reference.
    [/FONT][/COLOR]SATA RAID/AHCI
    Intel Rapid Storage Technology
    Intel SATA Preinstall driver (For AHCI / RAID Mode) Note: Press F6 during Windows setup to read from floppy.
    [COLOR=#0000ff][I]does this mean I have to install this one before installing windows otherwise Windows won't be AHCI enabled? (mine seem to be and did no particular actions)

    the Intel SATA preinstall drivers are for users who are trying to install their OS onto a RAID array using Intel's RST tech.

    Normal users in a single drive AHCI scenario usually have zero issues relying on microsoft's built-in SATA AHCI drivers, either until they get an OS installed and can install the Intel drivers or indefinitely (some actually prefer MSFT's drivers)
    Last edited by Logicaluser; 11-29-2012 at 12:27 PM.

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    Default Re: How many drivers/utilities are there really necessary to install?

    Thanks, one remark, I think the Intel USB 3.0 roothub driver is needed after all...

    But the Gigabyte Easytune stuff should be avoided, at least in my system the Gigabyte UPDATE checker added 20 seconds to my login screen. (confirmed)

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    Default Re: How many drivers/utilities are there really necessary to install?

    ya, don't bother with easytune, use HWmonitor, CoreTemp or RealTemp to monitor system temps.

    for software overclocking, see if SetFSB is compatible with your MB

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    MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
    MB = EVGA X58 Classified3 e770
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    Default Re: How many drivers/utilities are there really necessary to install?

    I don't think I will be overclocking... I'm on a locked i7 (no K) and I got a 430W PSU - some folks told me it's not enough... thinking of switching it to a 580W one.. :(

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    Default Re: How many drivers/utilities are there really necessary to install?

    you can overclock a non K cpu, all that means is you cannot increase the CPU multiplier past the stock setting, but you can still increase the blk frequency for a little overclock. but yea a 430w PSU is on the small side

    Vin
    Main Rig
    OS = Win8.1
    CPU = i7-980X @ 4.17Ghz 144x29 cooled by custom Loop
    Mem = 12GB 2000Mhz corsair Dominator GT at 2010Mhz @ 9-10-9-27-2T
    MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
    MB = EVGA X58 Classified3 e770
    GPU = 2x Sapphire r9 290x in xfire
    HD = 2x Toshiba 120GB Raid 0 (580MB Read/140MB Write)
    Storage = 2TB WD Black
    PSU = EVGA SuperNOVA 1300w
    Case = Cooler Master HAF-X 945

    HTPC / Home Server
    OS = Win7 64Bit running XBMC HTPC Front end with Windows Server 2011 Virtual Machine with 8GB ram assigned for homer server with exchange
    CPU = AMD 1090T
    Mem = 16GB 1600Mhz Kingston RED Limited Edition running at 1600Mhz
    MB = Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5
    GPU- EVGA GT210
    HD = too many to count, but about 5TB of storage all together including backup
    PSU = Corsair TX750
    Case = Too embarrassed to mention.

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