Tech Tip: Keep ‘Current’ with Graphics Cards and Drivers


Graphics cards and driver technologies change rapidly. Graphics cards which are too old or even too new may exhibit performance issues as other parts of the system change, evolve, and improve.

More video RAM on the card may be needed as software or operating systems change and a faster GPU may boost performance. However, keep in mind that the graphics driver needs to be set up correctly upon initial install using the recommended driver (not a Windows default driver), and this can mean checking with the display manufacturer, so calibration is not inhibited, and with the vendors of imaging software being used, to be sure the most performance can be taken advantage of.


Graphics cards companies continually update their drivers, making improvements and correcting bugs/issues. Vendors and software manufacturers will routinely “approve” drivers, but not as frequently as drivers come available. Using a newer driver may solve an issue or result in better performance; however, be careful of updating graphics drivers too quickly such that they may be unsupported by the hardware or software in use on the system.


Best Practices:

  • Look for opportunities to upgrade your graphics boards. If you are adding or upgrading workstations, it is a good time to upgrade graphics boards. In addition, if you have a major planned upgrade in software, or operating system, consider a graphics board upgrade as well.
  • Audit the graphics drivers on your deployed hardware and bring them all up to a predefined level.
  • Communicate with your display vendor for recommended and supported updates to the graphics drivers.


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