Does NVIDIA regularly update video drivers for MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wonderbread57, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. wonderbread57 macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2008
    I know in the windowsverse, gammer kiddos (ex-gamer here) frequently rerefresh the nvidia driver download page daily to see if a new revision comes out. When I go to the nvidia site however I see no OS X version for download. How does Nvidia do driver updates for Apple products, namely MBP?

  2. nikhsub1 macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2007
    mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
    They don't. If there is a driver update or a firmware update then Apple would be the ones to distribute that via software update... it is nothing like the windows world where much is DIY.
  3. Hannify macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2007
  4. Mattyb1 macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2009

    good one :D
  5. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    LOL.. That's probably true! Thought it's more likely and accurate to say nVida doesn't care about it's users. Judging from all the problems people are getting...

    Wonder what's next?? Crap or poor quality circuit boards?
  6. Hannify macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2007
    Yeah. All joking aside, nVidia has really been dropping the ball lately. I understand that chip manufacturing is incredibly delicate and prone to problems, but even from a PR damage control standpoint, nVidia is failing. There's an aweful lot of distrust surrounding their chips now, sadly with good reason.
  7. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    I'm pretty sure the NVidia drivers are handled by Apple, not NVidia themselves.
  8. MrZebra macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2008
    thank god.
  9. ninjapenguinart macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2008
    Thank god? Apple takes forever to release its drivers, whereas nVidia releases an update like every month. When a new product comes out their building process for it sucks, but what they do well at is making good drivers. For nVidia, wait a few months post release to get the card so you will have minimal flaws if any at all, but their driver support is top-notch.
  10. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    It's both parties. Apple just streamlined the distribution method. No silly drop down menus to find your particular mac revision or need to know the exact specification of your card, or to have the choice between alpha, beta, unstable, sorta stable and pretty stable drivers lol.
  11. MrZebra macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2008
    Lately, I wish their hardware was that way too :rolleyes:
  12. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    On the Mac at least Nvidia's drivers are absolutely awful compared to ATI's.

    I saw an article on Barefeats a few months back where the ATI X1900 XT, a card nearly 3 years old was running circles around the 8800GT under OS X in pro apps.

    If you want to run pro apps under OS X, always buy ATI.
  13. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    Are you sure about that? I'm pretty sure while I heard that ATI has in house coders to do their drivers, the NVidia drivers are entirely coded at Apple (which is one reason they have so many issues.)

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