So after a fresh Windows installation, device manager looks like this: device manager BEFORE intel drivers
And in a game of CS:GO (I bought an intel CPU because this game is quite CPU intensive) everything was pretty smooth.
BUT, after windows updates and the necessary drivers get installed OR if I install the chipset utility (from my motherboard site) manually, the game becomes "delayed", there is a split-second disadvantage - it's like everything you see actually happens much earlier than you see it on your client.
I made a reddit post about this: Post about the Chipset utility and while many just mocked me for something silly("they are just .inf files, blah-blah-blah), I still got a lot of positive feedback from people saying that this really DID help.
I'm not really a hardware expert (and not really competent at all), but I decided to export the registry on another fresh Windows installation to capture all the possible changes to the configuration. And while many people think that the Intel Chipset Utility just creates .inf files for windows so that it looks neat in device manager, I've noticed some other strange changes.
Here are my registries (full registries, about ~200MB each):
Using WinMerge (better to use 64-bit or else it will crash), to compare the registries (haven't applied any other changes except settings default browser to Chrome) I've noticed some peculiar differences (which seem to be NOT just information for your OS, but also settings that change the way they run):
1. in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System, the "Configuration Data" value is different from the original windows value (don't know what this is).
2. The Chipset utility removes the "Configuration Data" and "Identifier" values in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System\MultifunctionAdapter\0\DiskController\0\DiskPeripheral\1
3. In HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System\MultifunctionAdapter\1, the Configuration Data value also gets modified
4. In HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\RESOURCEMAP\Hardware Abstraction Layer\ACPI x64 platform , the ".raw" value is also slightly altered.
And there are a ton of places where the possible configurations are changed (not just values that have names in them and stuff).
Intel, can you please revise the Utility and work on something that will improve gameplay for gamers. We still purchase your products because you surpass your rival in the gaming niche, and I would really like you to look into it. This is not placebo, you can try playing CS:GO (preferably deathmatch, so you can notice the changes quicker) with and WITHOUT the
1) 200 Series Chipset Family PMC - A2A1
2) 200 Series Chipset Family SMBUS - A2A3
3) 200 Series Chipset Family Thermal Subsystem - A2B1
4) Intel(R) Xeon(R) E3 - 1200/1500 v5/6th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) Gaussian Mixture Model - 1911
5)Intel Management Engine interface
There is a difference!
I've tried changing:
Hard drives (swapped to an SSD)
and the problem still persisted.