5k iMac: Graphics Driver Update

Discussion in 'iMac' started by -BigMac-, Jan 15, 2016.

  1. -BigMac- macrumors 6502a

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    Hi guys.

    Proud owner of the new 5k iMac.

    Got a question.. i do some gaming on it and am wondering if we will see a potential increase in performance as the OS updates keep coming in.

    As a second question.. do display drivers get updated very often with the macs?

    Thanks so much :)
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    There's always a potential, though I don't think we'll big swing.

    Yes at times, but they're rolled up in the normal updates. That is they're not updated separately.
     
  3. -BigMac- thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So there usually are not any targeted graphics updates for the new retina 5k screen specifically for the new graphics drivers which came with it?
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    I'm not sure, but I don't think they do that too often.
     
  5. bogg macrumors 6502

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    It happened sometimes up until about 7-8 years ago that they released GPU drivers as a separate update, but haven't seen it happen since. I remember my 2005 Mac mini and 2007 iMac receiving updates for the ATI graphics in them. But can't remember it happening since. Apple doesn't like updating every little aspect of the computer in separate updates, almost always everything is bundled up in the system update, except security and firmware updates
     
  6. -BigMac- thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is it common, during the system updates, that the graphics drivers will become more efficient?
    Surely driver 1.0 for the 5k graphics, will not be the be all end all driver for the lifetime?
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    Personally, I never noticed what is getting faster, at least with my 2012 rMBP (dGPU model), i.e., did the update roll out new graphic drivers that makes things snappier or did Apple improve other areas.

    Personally, I'd not really worry about it, since we have no control over it.
     

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