Video card updating

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A graphics driver is the software that allow your operating system and programs to use your computer’s graphics hardware.

If you play PC games, you should keep your computer’s graphics drivers updated to get the best performance out of your hardware.

With Intel getting serious about integrated graphics performance with their upcoming Haswell graphics architecture, they are now starting to release more frequent video driver updates, too.

However, you can generally get updated graphics drivers from your graphics hardware manufacturer’s website: You will have to select the exact model of your computer’s graphics card, which is displayed in the Device Manager window.

Updates to your computer’s motherboard, sound card, and network drivers don’t generally give speed improvements.

They will often fix rare bugs – and maybe even introduce new bugs.

We have previously advised you to not compulsively update your drivers – most hardware drivers that come with your computer or through Windows Update are fine.

However, graphics drivers for your NVIDIA, AMD, or even Intel graphics hardware are a big exception.

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