Nvidia VS AMD - Driver Unification

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Section' started by cookieboyeli, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. dr_rus

    dr_rus Ancient Guru

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    Messy? How exactly? You download a driver for your h/w and your OS. You have the search options for this on both NV and AMD websites. The only difference is that on NV's side you get different results and on AMD's it's mostly the same package for all requests. I fail to see how this is "messy" for an ordinary user who isn't likely to even notice this difference as long as he gets a proper driver package.
     
  2. GhostWind

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    I don't care about bandwidth i have enough :)
     
  3. NeoandGeo

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    But AMD doesn't directly support their mobile GPU's and you are forced to download either modified drivers and hope they don't massively break anything, or use drivers that are months and years old.

    F*** AMD, and their drivers.

    To bring this trainwreck of a thread on topic, Nvidia needs to cut the bloat that supporting an over decade old OS brings to their unified drivers.
     
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  4. Michalko

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    1. AMD doesn't support mobile GPUs - NV does
    2. AMD doesn't support Windows XP - NV does
    3. AMD doesn't support Windows Vista - NV does
    4. AMD doesn't support nothing but DX11 GPUs (they doesn't even released Windows 10 driver for legacy GPUs) - NV does
    5. AMD doesn't release drivers for preview OS - NV does

    How can you even compare AMD's driver support with Nvidia? Are you nuts?
     

  5. Noisiv

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    for the sake of few tens of megabytes?

    not happening

    XP very big in China

    nvidia very big in China

    1+1=2
     
  6. Michalko

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    XP has separate drivers
     
  7. Noisiv

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    yes but the wants to cut the bloat... that XP supposedly brings

     
  8. Yxskaft

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    No one outside Nvidia can know how much resources maintaining the XP drivers still needs anyway.

    Still having support back to Vista is supposedly very trivial since the WDDM 1.x drivers are backwards compatible. Demanding stopped Vista support while supporting Win7 makes no sense.
     
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  9. cookieboyeli

    cookieboyeli Master Guru

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    There's nobody else doing a good driver unification job to compare to.
    Haha plenty of sh*tting as expected.

    You're entirely right. I can't count. I said 8 separate releases by mistake.
    It is actually 10. In my rough draft I was trying to be fair by dis-including XP since AMD doesn't actively support or release NEW drivers for it. I forgot to change it back to 10.

    Since AMD moved support for XP and Vista to legacy, new drivers are not released. So you never have to download new ones.
    I only need 2 drivers every time AMD updates them. Releases are infrequent as well which makes it even easier.

    Nvidia on the other hand releases drivers much more rapidly, sometimes two in a month. This is excellent, but every time they do this, that's 10 different drivers to download totaling near 3 gigs.

    There we go. See this is exactly what I'm getting at.
    If they can put WDDM1.1 and 1.3 in the same package without increasing size, why can't they stick WDDM 2.0 in there too?
    AMD doesn't need separate version for laptops. There's no reason Nvidia does either.You can mod the Nvidia desktop driver .inf to install on notebooks too, so what's the point of separate drivers for these??

    Even if there is some reason why you can't put WDDM 2.0 in the same driver as old WDDM versions, you must admit separate notebook drivers are pointless.

    It's all complication for no reason.

    EDIT: No, I am not bias towards AMD. :bang:
     
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  10. RzrTrek

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    Remove WinXP driver support, problem solved.
     

  11. MrBonk

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    Apples =/= Oranges.

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  12. Stormyandcold

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    Custom-type selection please. Then I know what I'm downloading works for any given gfx I'm working on.
     

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