If you’re looking for a speed boost, updating your drivers to the latest version isn’t a magical speed enhancement that will suddenly remove the need to upgrade a slow PC.
If you’re upgrading from one version of a driver to another version, chances are good that the only things included in those updates are bug fixes for specific scenarios, and maybe some very minor performance increases.
If you’re trying to eke out every tiny bit of performance out of your system, you should make sure that your video card drivers are updated using the manufacturer’s drivers, and you probably want to upgrade your chipset, networking, and sound card drivers as well.
Switching from the built-in Windows drivers for your video card to the official NVidia or ATI/AMD drivers will make a world of difference, and keeping them updated can yield huge speed gains.
Unlike a games console where developers optimise their games for a specific set of hardware, PCs come in all shapes and sizes.
They will often fix rare bugs – and maybe even introduce new bugs.
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.
Here is a snapshot of the changelog from NVIDIA’s most recent graphics driver package, released on January 5, 2013: These sorts of performance increases in updated graphics drivers are not uncommon.
That’s what this series about: making your games look stunning, fluid and simply more enjoyable.
However, optimizing your PC is just part of the equation: games themselves have ton of hidden potential that can drastically improve the way they look and feel.