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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Dustin_Broke, Dec 3, 2011.

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  1. Dustin_Broke

    Dustin_Broke Thread Starter

    Dec 1, 2011
    I have noticed this but somewhere in the line everyone says that generic driver will be better and give more performance but isn't as safe as OEM drivers. People has always say that OEM is safer and will work best but then they say generic drivers are better. I kinda wonder if in true life OEM drivers are the best even it won't have the best performance. Since it seems like the generic drivers could cause problems in the long run and if that will happen then I' am better of using OEM drivers to be safe.

    Everywhere I goto on any forums or Yahoo question website they say that OEM is recommended somewhere in the line.
  2. Triple6

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    Dec 26, 2002
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    Well it depends on the hardware and the manufacturer. Some OEM's do customize the drivers to specifically suit their exact hardware or add/remove features that they either want or don't want their drivers to have.

    If we use AMD's GPU's as an example, most manufacturer's do post a customized driver download on their site, but ATI also releases drivers each and every month that work with the mass majority of the cards, they even support mobile GPU's from certain manufacturers based on a list but also state that their driver will not have the customizations made by the manufacturer and several brands of laptops are outright not support, see the release notes here: http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/AMDCatalystSoftwareSuiteVersion1111.aspx

    Graphics driver are also an exception, most drivers for other hardware are bug fixes or add support for new hardware, whereas graphics drivers are constantly tweaked to better gaming performance, add new features, or add better compatibility for new games. A wireless card driver on the other hand may fix a bug here and there are they are not as frequent.

    There isn't an "one fit all" answer to your question. Some manufacturer's are simply bad at updating drivers and some people have no choice but to use a generic driver to get new features, improved performance, bug fixes, and improve compatibility especially when a manufacturer chooses not to provide a new driver for a new operating system.
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