For millions of PC users, the quality of the graphics card may not be important. On the other hand, for millions of other users the GPU is essential to their daily work or play. While the hardware itself is fundamental to performance, the software within GPUs is also important. Nvidia says that the software drivers that underpin its GPUs provide better performance on Windows 11 and 10 than Intel and AMD drivers.
Drivers provide the backbone of the GPU technology, essentially giving the hardware its fuel to run. Sen Pelletier, a Senior Program Manager for Nvidia, shows data that he says highlights the company's advantage over rivals in terms of driver support.
Pelletier says that Nvidia surpasses both AMD and Intel when it comes to its WHQL-certified drivers. Through 2021 and 2022 on Windows 10 and Windows 11, Nvidia rolled out five times as many drivers as AMD in 2021 and three times as many in 2022. Intel also lags behind the support Nvidia is offering, and behind AMD too.
What it Means
By the way, WHQL drivers are Windows Hardware Quality Labs drivers that are officially certified by Microsoft. In other words, they have the seal of approval that the driver will be compatible with Windows and can be sent within Windows Updates.
A non-WHQL driver could be incompatible and not work or cause Windows to break.
Nvidia's data also shows that it is better at optimizing games, with the company claiming its was releasing game-ready drivers for twice as many games as AMD. Of course, Intel and AMD may refute this data and indeed all of Nvidia's boasts.
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