Question Intel (R) PCIe Controller (x16) - 1901 for ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-E?

sk8ernut.dw

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I saw drivers that are for my motherboard through device manager. I usually download drivers for my motherboard straight from ASUS website but here's the thing. Windows 10 installed this cuz I decided to check and see if it does need updates due to the fact I used to have Driver Easy software back in the day and I don't use it anymore.

intel(r) xeon(r) e3-1200/1500 v5/6th gen intel(r) core tm pcie controller (x16) 1901 is the driver I saw. I am confused why this says 5th/6th gen when I own a 8/9th gen motherboard? Is this a mistake? Let me know and explain me why this PCie Controller is designed like this? Is this part of Coffee Lake motherboards? Thanks..
 

jimmysmitty

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The PCIe controller itself has not changed for a while. You can still download the newest driver for the chipset from Intel or Asus as I am sure the Microsoft one is out of date but I doubt it is going to change the name since again the controller itself hasn't really changed for quite a few generations.
 

sk8ernut.dw

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I clicked on Device Manager and it just says PCI to PCI bridge and I decided to update the driver and it did install this specific driver
I thought it was the wrong driver
I even went to ASUS website but there isn't a driver for this so I figured Windows 10 can take care of it. INtel software ran a software check and said I don't need drivers so why did Windows decide to install these drivers if I ran a update check through their channel? Is this a mistake? Should I update or just leave it be?
 

jimmysmitty

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Windows has default drivers and if it has newer ones, which it may, it will install them. Intels checker just checks to verify you have a late enough driver. I have had a few times where it didn't give me the latest driver. That driver itself would be part of the chipset driver package normally.

As it is you should be fine. I personally always keep mine as up to date as possible as even the updated Windows one might be a tad behind.
 

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