Yah, the only reason I worry about the drivers so much is that I've had bad experiences in the past with companies, namely Dell and Compaq, not updating drivers. I dislike both of those companies and consider most of their products to be unacceptable a lot of the time. In the Dell I had to replace the graphics card because it would only accept Dell drivers instead of the standard ATI drivers. The Dell drivers left the card non-functional for the most part when it came to 3D stuff and many features that were available in the other supposedly identical cards were not available in the card that Dell shipped (Direct3d, yah Direct3d) with the available Dell drivers. This was an old Radeon, either a 16 or 32MB card, I want to say 32 because I remember the previous card that I had was 16 and I spent big bucks trying to get a bigger and better card. I don't recall the specifics, but according to ATI the card was supposed to be direct 3D compatible, as it was still relatively new back then, but it was not. Anyway, not trying to complain, it's just that's one of the reasons that I am so concerned with continued driver support. Some major features that some hardware is supposed to have often require a certain driver version. It has nothing to do with minor performance increases.