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Nvidia calls out AMD about GPU drivers. Is it hypocritical?

Yesterday, Nvidia revealed a weblog submit (and an accompanying video) in regards to the significance of well-developed and well-designed GPU drivers, and included a dig at AMD within the course of.

Many of the article reads identical to any weblog submit from the desk of an organization like Nvidia — explanatory and stuffed with infographics. It’s not a very eye-catching article, till it mentions beta drivers and Home windows {Hardware} High quality Labs (or WHQL) certification. This part of the weblog submit is seemingly a (not solely) refined jab at AMD’s beta video drivers.

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The weblog submit says: “Microsoft recommends solely utilizing WHQL-certified drivers, as solely these assure compatibility and a clean person expertise… as a result of the Recreation Prepared Driver Program and our promise of high quality depends on all of this work, we don’t launch sub-par beta drivers with minimal testing, not to mention a number of conflicting beta drivers forked from completely different improvement branches that help completely different video games and merchandise, which confuse prospects.”

Nvidia clearly doesn’t point out AMD by identify, however AMD is the one different “GPU vendor” that makes gaming GPUs (although that’s quickly to vary). AMD typically releases “elective” or “beta” GPU drivers and fewer regularly releases “beneficial” WHQL licensed drivers. Whereas Nvidia asserts that drivers with out WHQL certification are “sub-par” and unreliable for a “clean person expertise,” it isn’t clear that this essentially applies to AMD’s beta drivers.

Within the weblog submit, Nvidia says, “we don’t launch sub-par beta drivers with minimal testing” and that Nvidia is “the one GPU vendor to WHQL certify each single driver,” however that really isn’t true. Simply two months in the past, Nvidia launched GeForce Hotfix Driver 511.72, and the driving force’s launch weblog says:

“To make sure, these Hotfix drivers are beta, elective and supplied as-is. They’re run by way of a a lot abbreviated QA course of. The only motive they exist is to get fixes out to you extra shortly. The most secure choice is to attend for the following WHQL licensed driver. However we all know that a lot of you’re prepared to attempt these out.”

Nvidia’s solely beta drivers seem like hotfixes, whereas AMD appears to principally launch beta drivers. In the end, not all of Nvidia’s drivers are WHQL licensed by their very own admission — until Nvidia means to say they are going to by no means launch one other hotfix driver ever once more.

We’ve reached out to AMD on what it means for his or her drivers to be beta or WHQL and whether or not or not that distinction issues for efficiency and stability.

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