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

01 Aug 2011   #1
Conditioned

Tomatoe
 
 
Whats the difference between intel inf (chipset) drivers?

On intel drivers pour chipsets you can notice that there are two chipset drivers. 9.2.3.1017 and 9.2.0.1031. 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 9.2.0.1030 for my z68 gd mobo. Im currently running 9.2.0.1031 without hitches. But the 9.2.3.1017 are whql. Whats the difference between these branches?


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01 Aug 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Conditioned,

It's just that the 9.2.3.1017 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 - 9.2.3.1017 – 06/17/2011
Description
1. Updated Name String on 1D3E
2. Added HECI INF

Features Added WHQL- 9.2.3.1016 – 04/22/2011
Description
WHQLed to 1.6

Features Added in Beta 9.2.3.1015 – 04/07/2011
Description
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 9.2.3.1010 – 02/28/2011
Description
Added support for Waimea Bay platform

Features Added in Alpha 9.2.3.1010 – 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 9.2.3.1009
1 Added 1D41 LPC device

Features Added in Alpha 9.2.3.1008
1 Changed ® to (R)
2 3C00 changed to No_Drv for the “A” stepping in order for a BOSD not to
occur
3 Removed 3C60 and 3C61
4 Added 1D76 and 1D77
5 Added Audio INF (1D20)

Features Added in Alpha 9.2.3.1004
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 9.2.3.1003
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 9.2.2.1002
Commented out 3C02 from jaketown.inf

Features Added in Alpha 9.2.2.1001
Added JakeTown.inf
Updated all Patsburg related INF

Software Sightings and/or Known Issues
ID Information
1 After version 9.2.3.1004 B0 must be used (jaketown B0 should be used with
Patsburg B0)
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01 Aug 2011   #3
NoN

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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15 Nov 2015   #4
pustekuchencake

Windows 7 Prof. x64
 
 

Hi all,

I have the same question and for me the question remains unanswered (couldn't find anything in web): whats the difference between all those branches v9.0/v9.1/v9.2/v9.3/v9.4? And what does the third number (e.g. v9.1.1) mean? Has anyone an idea what naming convention/schema is behind those numbers?
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15 Nov 2015   #5
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Jumping from v8 to v9 would be classed as a major update. The .1 usually refers to a minor update, bugfix etc.
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15 Nov 2015   #6
ComputerGeek

Desk 1: Win 7 Pro 32bit; Desk 2: Server 2012 R2 & Win 8.1 64bit
 
 

Things have been pretty well summarized before me. I'll just add:

Minor updates are also called "point releases".

You can read more one the web about version numbering and Point Release notation here on Wikepedia
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16 Nov 2015   #7
pustekuchencake

Windows 7 Prof. x64
 
 

Please don't tell me what a version number in gerneral is... I have seen version numbering before ;-)
Did you notice that Intel has several branches for its releases? Look at my attached screenshot.

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As you can see several different versions/branches were released on 8/31/12. And although v9.3.0.1019 was released in 2012, Intel released v9.2.0.1025 in 2014. This is the point I don't understand! This is quite strange and can not be answered with general statements like "version number" or "bugfix".

So, does anybody understand Intel's version scheme?


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16 Nov 2015   #8
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

We can't answer for Intel. We don't work for them.
Each software company will have different ways of numbering their own software. There is no set "rule" to this.
This isn't something we can give a definitive answer to as every company will have different ways of numbering.
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16 Nov 2015   #9
ComputerGeek

Desk 1: Win 7 Pro 32bit; Desk 2: Server 2012 R2 & Win 8.1 64bit
 
 

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This isn't something we can give a definitive answer to as every company will have different ways of numbering.
I second Brds7t7's statement. The exact rational behind numbering is up to the company.

As to your specific example
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And although v9.3.0.1019 was released in 2012, Intel released v9.2.0.1025 in 2014.
I can only venture a GUESS. You have to read the release notes too. It would seem intel decided to keep the v9.2 branch for developers while v9.3 is a production version. The developer branch has a lower version number but a more recent release date. But a user wouldn't want the developer branch.

Bottom line: You're correct. It can be hard to discern the best Intel driver based only on version number and date. That's another good reason to let Intel do it for you. Intel Driver Update Tool.

(You are probably already aware of the tool but figured I'd mention it too for anyone reading in the future who is not)


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17 Nov 2015   #10
pustekuchencake

Windows 7 Prof. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brds7t7 View Post
We can't answer for Intel. We don't work for them.
Each software company will have different ways of numbering their own software. There is no set "rule" to this.
I know that it is up to companies to decide how the version numbering looks like. But there is definitely a scheme behind it which I want to know!
Although you don't know perhaps someone in Sevenforum does know more details about it.... so why shouldn't I ask here??

@ComputerGeek: Your guess is wrong. The only reason why Intel writes "for use by developers/advanced users" is that this file is the .zip version. For "normal" users they recommend the self-extracting .exe file, of course. Normally every version is released as .zip and .exe (see attached screenshot).


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