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Should I Use WDDM 1.2 Driver For Windows 8?

  1. #1


    Kolkata, India
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    Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-Bit

    Should I Use WDDM 1.2 Driver For Windows 8?


    Hello, Yesterday night I have to reinstall Windows 8 on my laptop for some reason. So after installation finished I went to Device Manager for Installing Drivers. After all the other drivers like Chipset, Network, Audio etc, I went to the Install the Display Driver. There I noticed that under the Display tab my NVIDIA GT 650M is already listed but usually if any Device driver is not installed then it will be shown as Unknown Device or Standard VGA Adapter. But here it shows that it is working and one more Thing I noticed is that in the display tab it was written:-

    NVIDIA GT 650M (Microsoft Corporation-WDDM 1.2)

    So my question is that should I install the NVIDIA driver from my ASUS Driver And Software Utility Disk or should I keep it as it is? I have heard somewhere that WDDM drivers works better than any other Driver with Windows 8. Is it true? I didn't get any Performance Fall or any BSODs etc and games are also working. SO please help me.

    Thanks...........

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    So my question is that should I install the NVIDIA driver from my ASUS Driver And Software Utility Disk
    No, you should download the latest NVidia driver from here: NVIDIA DRIVERS 314.22WHQL

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  3. #3


    Kolkata, India
    Posts : 127
    Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-Bit


    But is the NVIDIA driver better than WDDM driver in performance because I didn't see any performance decrease and games are also running well so please tell me what should I do?
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  4. #4


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Narayan View Post
    But is the NVIDIA driver better than WDDM driver in performance because I didn't see any performance decrease and games are also running well so please tell me what should I do?
    All latest nVidia drivers are WDDM and that is mentioned on their site.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    you upgrade drivers when you need to. either because the current driver has problems with the stuff you're running. or the current driver doesn't have the functionality you need.

    newer drivers aren't necessarily better. personally, I can attest as the ATI drivers for my ATI HD4670 that came with Windows 8 perform better than the Legacy Catalyst 12.6 or 13.1 drivers which are newer. in my case, the newer drivers break a lot of the Windows 8 apps.
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