How to check the intel chipset driver version?


The Intel Chipset Software Installation utility, otherwise known as just the Intel Chipset driver, tells you if your INF files need updating and it will also prompt you to install the files. In turn, the INF files work in the installation of drivers and software.

While the CPU is the main processing system of your computer that does all the calculations, the chipset connects the CPU to the rest of the computer. The chipset also dictates the CPUs that the motherboard can support.

Now that we know what a chipset is, you may ask, why should you care? Let’s find out why…

Importance of Knowing Your Chipset Version

Your computer’s chipset version determines three things:

  • Expansion options (like how many PCIe cards you can use)
  • Component compatibility (such as what RAM or CPU you can use)
  • Overclockability

In a nutshell, a chipset is like a motherboard’s traffic controller and communications center. It’s a very important component of your computer system because it tells you the RAM, CPU, graphics cards, hard drives and so on that are compatible with the motherboard. Moreover, it also tells you of your future expansion options as your needs arise. Lastly, the chipset dictates to what extent your system can be overclocked.

Now that we know the importance of your chipset, it’s time to check what your Intel chipset version is.

How to Check the Intel Chipset Driver Version

If your computer is running on Windows, you can easily check your driver version by following these steps:

  1. On your Start screen, search for ‘Device Manager’ and click on it.
  2. Once you are in the Device Manager window, scroll down to find System devices. Click the right arrow key beside it.
  3. At this point, you should see a long list of system devices. Your chipset version maybe AMD, ALI, NVidia, SIS, VIA, or Intel.

If you can’t find the information you are looking for using the above steps, you could check this alternative method:

  1. On your Start screen or computer’s search box, type in “regedit”. Click on it once it is displayed on your screen.
  2. Once there, find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and click the arrow beside it.
  3. Next, find SOFTWARE and click the arrow beside it.
  4. Select Intel > InfInst. You should now see your Intel chipset driver version.

You can find the detailed instructions through this video:

Q & A

How do I check which intel chipset version is installed?

Click on the Hardware Tab > Device Manager button. In the Device Manager, open the category that says: IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers. You will see your chipset brand there. It could say Intel, VIA, Nvidia, SiS, ALI, etc.

How do I check my Intel chipset driver for Windows 11?

How to Check Your Current Intel Chipset Driver Version?

  1. Open Windows 11 Device Manager.
  2. Unfold System devices.
  3. Double-click on the target Intel (R) SMBus to open its Properties.
  4. In the Properties window, switch to the Driver tab. There, you can see the version of the Intel chipset driver.

How do I find my Intel motherboard chipset?

How do I find my Intel motherboard chipset?

  1. Click “Start,” and then right-click “Computer.”
  2. Click “Manage.”
  3. Click “Device Manager.”
  4. Click the plus sign next to “System Devices.
  5. Look for the chipset name following “Intel(R).” For example, “Intel(R) 945G Processor to I/O Controller – 2770” indicates an Intel 945G Express chipset.

How do I update my Intel chipset drivers?

Expand System Devices. Double-click the Intel chipset device from the list. Select the Driver tab. Click Update Driver.

Do I need to update chipset drivers?

You probably don’t need to update the chipset drivers. If there was anything critical needed, it would probably appear through Windows Update, if you haven’t disabled driver updates.

What is Intel chipset installation utility and driver?

The Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility (also known as Intel® Chipset Device Software) is often called the chipset driver or chipset drivers, a common misconception. What is a driver? A driver is a program that allows a computer to communicate (or talk to) a piece of hardware.

Are there Intel chipset drivers?

Intel® chipset software and drivers can be found following the steps below: Go to Download Drivers & Software. Select Chipsets under the Select Your Product section. Use the product options on the left panel to refine the search results.

What is Intel chipset device driver?

The Chipset driver helps to install INF files in a system. The INF files are used in turn by the operating system for installation of software and drivers.

Is Intel chipset driver necessary?

Only if you want all your motherboard devices to work. Without the motherboard chipset drivers, things like the sound subsystem, ethernet port, etc won’t reliably work.

How do I check my CPU drivers?

The check process is simple.

  1. Right-click on target CPU in Device Manager and select Properties.
  2. Switch to Driver tab in the Property sheet.
  3. Check the details of the current CPU driver (driver date and version) to see whether they match the information provided by the manufacturer’s official website.

How do I see all my drivers?

The easiest way is to right-click on the Start button and then click the Device Manager option. Step 2: Once the Device Manager is launched, click on the View menu and select Devices by driver. That is it! The Device Manager will now display all installed drivers.

How do I update my drivers on Windows 10?

To get started, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Windows Settings.
  2. Select Update & Security > Windows Update.
  3. Now, click on View optional updates.
  4. Navigate to the Driver updates tab.
  5. Check the driver that you want to update and click on Download and install.

Does updating chipset drivers improve performance?

In your experience, do updating chipset drivers improve performance or stability? Yes, sometimes it improves performance and stability. In some cases (like with Ryzen) they included optimized power plans that improved performance in certain use cases for people who were not overclocking.

How do I uninstall Intel chipset drivers?

How do I uninstall Intel chipset drivers?

  1. Open the Device Manager using the steps provided for your operating system:
  2. Expand the Display Adapters section.
  3. Find the Intel Graphics Driver.
  4. Right-click the Intel Graphics Driver and select Uninstall.
  5. Select the check box Delete the driver software for this device.

Summary

It may not be the usual information we check, but it’s also important to know your computer’s chipset version. If you know your version, you would have an idea of your expansion options, compatibility and overclockability.

Andy Avery

I really enjoy helping people with their tech problems to make life easier, ​and that’s what I’ve been doing professionally for the past decade.

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