The sizes of AMD, Intel and Nvidia GPU drivers were compared

Extra software that is unnecessary for many is a burden for everyone.

After many years of hard training, we got used to having two competitors on the video card market, but recently a new manufacturer appeared on the radar. Intel has been planning to enter the discrete GPU competition for many years, but last year they finally took the plunge and threw the Arc models into the deep water.

Speaking of which Tom’s Hardware editors looked at which of the three manufacturers handles our storage capacity. A few interesting things turned out.

Nowadays, it is not easy to create a driver that is effective in all respects, since countless components have to work together smoothly. There are, for example, the APIs, DirectX 9, 10, 11 and 12, OpenGL, Vulkan, OpenCL, and the fact that Nvidia and AMD have to support several generations at the same time doesn’t help the situation either. This was interestingly solved by the latter, since there is a driver for the RDNA 3 video cards and one for all the other models that are still supported.

This could even be to the advantage of Intel, since they do not have a huge list of video cards that need support, but the blues have the integrated solutions, the 11th generation Tiger Lake, the 12th generation Alder Lake and the 13th generation Raptor Lake processors its built-in graphics cores work with the same driver used by the significantly more powerful Arc series.

Then there are the manufacturers’ in-house smarts, such as DLSS or XeSS, which further knead the package, but let’s see what the current situation is:

Driver version Download size (KiB) Installed Size (MiB)
AMD 22.11.2 (RDNA 2 and earlier) 558.886 545.5
AMD 23.1.1 (RDNA 3) 603.716 589.6
Nvidia 528.02 832.540 813
Intel (Arc is Xe) 1243.656 1214.5

Based on the fact that Nvidia packs GeForce Experience along with its drivers without question, we could reasonably have expected that they would consume most of our dreaded storage space, but this was not the case. The throne, which in this case is not a great honor, was occupied by Intel, whose driver is also the most unstable. It is conceivable that this is Intel’s problem, since the large size can also be caused by poorly optimized, poorly functioning code. So we are excitedly waiting for future updates and rooting for Intel to successfully compete with its competitors.

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