Do I have to keep downloading Nvidia Drivers

Custom / CUSTOM
February 9, 2010 at 14:07:48
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 3.008 GHz / 2047 MB
Hello, it has been years since I have used my PC for gaming, and I do not plan on gaming on my PC again. I have a Geforce 7900 and when I read the details of the Nvidia downloads, they mainly describe updates for newer games and such. I am wondering if I need to continue updating my Nvidia Drivers, since I do not want to install a bunch of crap that may actually reduce my computer's performance when just viewing basic websites (or if that is even possible). Thanks.

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#1
February 9, 2010 at 14:34:04
I'm still running my 8800GTS SLI setup with drivers I downloaded on October 30--the day I installed Windows 7. And before that, I was running the 169.21 driver from 2007. Didn't have a single problem playing new games.

Skipping driver updates won't hurt anything--especially since you've stopped playing PC games. Traitor. :p

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#2
February 9, 2010 at 14:39:18
Well I know using old drivers is OK, I am asking if updating to new drivers will slow down my system if I do not use the added features for gaming. For example, that is like a laptop loaded with tons of crap software that I never use, I want to make sure the Nvidia driver updates do not just install all types of stuff that I no longer need since I do not game anymore.

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#3
February 9, 2010 at 14:44:03
If you know for sure you will never game again, sell the 7900 while it still has some value & replace it with a basic card that's more energy efficient.

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#4
February 9, 2010 at 15:00:03
"I am asking if updating to new drivers will slow down my system if I do not use the added features for gaming."

I only noticed a few things going from the 2007 Vista driver to the 2009 Win7 driver: PhysX support and quite a few more video decoding/HTPC options.

Overall system performance remained the same..

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#5
February 9, 2010 at 18:36:24
Aside from software security patches to address OS vulnerabilities, program updates & hardware drivers are not something that's so critical that you need to update repeatedly.

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#6
February 14, 2010 at 23:28:14
Most of the time when you get a new VGA they do not give the
newest driver with it, every time I get a VGA i have to download
the new driver.
and no it wont slow your pc it will increase the vga performance.

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#7
February 14, 2010 at 23:29:27
double post sry

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