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Windows 7: Released: Intel Chipset Software

11 Aug 2009   #41


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vocalpoint View Post
Don't have to - AlexT2889 already did that with his screen shots a little earlier on this page. In each of his screen caps you can see Intel referenced with dates ranging from 2007 to 2009. What he is not showing is what is under the "driver details" button on those screencaps. If he clicked on those - he would see the actual drivers are the original drivers as installed by Microsoft.

But if you insist Please find caps from my XP SP3 box....that was updated by an earlier (July/august 2008 Intel Chipset Installer). I know this is not WIndows 7 RTM - but the end result is the same...

The first cap shows the Intel 82801 Ultra ATA "driver" page from Device Manager...sure - the Driver Provider field says Intel with an 11/15/2006 date blah blah - to somehow make the user believe that the magical chipset installer put some sort of snazzy new Intel ATA driver in place...but if you look at the actual driver files by clicking on Driver Details (in the Drivers cap) you will see it's still the old Microsoft XP supplied atapi.sys etc etc...that it actually running on the box.

If AlexT2889 was to click on Driver Detials in his exampels above - he would see the same.

Just so we are on the same page - I define a real "driver" as a specific xxx.sys file that actually replaces an existing installed .sys file to bring a updated version or increased performance to the table. You will not find any *.sys files or any other "drivers" in the Intel chipset installer package. And then there is this - right from the Intel page...

"The Intel® Chipset Device Software installs the Windows* INF files. The INF files inform the operating system how to properly configure the chipset for specific functionality, such as USB and core PCI."

It's Intel themselves that started this misleading mess by slapping the word "drivers" on this package when it's simply a collection of "up to date" inf files. Do you actually believe this thing would be only 2.6 mb in size if had a huge "driver" payload?

Bottom line - no "real" updated .sys files are written to your machine with this installer. Anyone who is reporting "faster" performance or newer better drivers has swallowed a huge placebo pill....

Thank you for providing detailed information. This way, the reader is able to discern the difference between subjective opinion and demonstrable fact.

I challenged your presentation, not your information. You need not concern yourself as to which page I am on.

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