A graphics driver is the software that allow your operating system and programs to use your computer’s graphics hardware.If you play PC games, you should keep your computer’s graphics drivers updated to get the best performance out of your hardware.Windows If you have a notebook or laptop computer: You should visit the website of the notebook manufacturer to download the latest driver.If you have a desktop or workstation computer: Before you can update the graphics driver, you need to know what kind of graphics card you have.However, this is not the case with updated drivers for your graphics card, also known as a GPU or video card.Here are links for downloading drivers from the most common graphics card manufacturers: If you upgraded your driver to resolve a display issue, and it didn't resolve the issue, you may consider installing an older driver for your graphics card instead.Older drivers may be available online or in a resource CD that came with your computer. Updates to your computer’s motherboard, sound card, and network drivers don’t generally give speed improvements.
We have previously advised you to not compulsively update your drivers – most hardware drivers that come with your computer or through Windows Update are fine.
However, graphics drivers for your NVIDIA, AMD, or even Intel graphics hardware are a big exception.
We suggest always keeping your graphics drivers up-to-date.
Updating drivers can often correct odd visual behaviors such as freezing, artifacts, model slicing, and slow performance.
For more information about how to find out what graphics card you have in your PC, click here.Once you know the kind of graphics card you have, visit the manufacturer's website to download the latest driver.