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Windows 7: Whats the difference between intel inf (chipset) drivers?

01 Aug 2011   #1

Whats the difference between intel inf (chipset) drivers?

On intel drivers pour chipsets you can notice that there are two chipset drivers. and Both are recent and seem to be different branches, like apache and apache2. Can anyone confirm or deny this and tell me what the difference is? My motherboard maker (msi) recommends for my z68 gd mobo. Im currently running without hitches. But the are whql. Whats the difference between these branches?

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01 Aug 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Conditioned,

It's just that the WHQL version is the latest version released for those chipsets. The motherboard manufacturer driver download sites are usually way behind the latest version.

New Features, Fixes & Changes
Features Added - – 06/17/2011
1. Updated Name String on 1D3E
2. Added HECI INF

Features Added WHQL- – 04/22/2011
WHQLed to 1.6

Features Added in Beta – 04/07/2011
1. Jaketown name changes
2. Updated Installer with Klockwork scan fixes 1.1.42
3. Updated Official Branding For Patsburg
4. Moved to Installer Label 1.1.36
a. Updated extractdriver function
b. Creates MUP.xml (packageversion not correct)

Features Added in Alpha – 02/28/2011
Added support for Waimea Bay platform

Features Added in Alpha – 01/14/2011
ID Description
1 Removed Commented SMB from PatCore
2 Fixed spelling of Controller in AHCI and IDE inf files

Features Added in Alpha
1 Added 1D41 LPC device

Features Added in Alpha
1 Changed to (R)
2 3C00 changed to No_Drv for the “A” stepping in order for a BOSD not to
3 Removed 3C60 and 3C61
4 Added 1D76 and 1D77
5 Added Audio INF (1D20)

Features Added in Alpha
1 Removed commented out Devices from JakeTown.Inf
2 Changed Installer Version to 1.1.32 (Fixes –overall switch and 2nd install of
filtered INF files)

Features Added in Alpha
ID Description
1 JakeTown.inf: commented out PCI devices 3C00-3C0F
2 Changed 3C88 to 3C90
3 Added 3C44 QPI Link
Added 3CE4 R2 PCIe

Features Added in Alpha
Commented out 3C02 from jaketown.inf

Features Added in Alpha
Added JakeTown.inf
Updated all Patsburg related INF

Software Sightings and/or Known Issues
ID Information
1 After version B0 must be used (jaketown B0 should be used with
Patsburg B0)
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01 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]

Those Intel Inf are made for the constant renew of the computers platforms and are forced to be updated. It does only update the Inf infos files for newer systems...if you own a machine a year old you will not get any improvement at all, unless you have other related material working along with Intel drivers. So, you can say you're up to date with your drivers.
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