Updating your video card
If your graphics hardware is five years old, it’s very likely that optimized drivers for it are not longer being released.
How long your hardware is supported is up to its manufacturer.
We have previously advised you to not compulsively update your drivers – most hardware drivers that come with your computer or through Windows Update are fine.
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(If you are using Windows 8, press the Windows key, type Device Manager at the Start screen, select the Settings category, and click the Device Manager shortcut.) Expand the Display adapters section to see the manufacturer and model of your computer’s graphics card.
If you see both Intel and NVIDIA hardware on a laptop, your laptop is using NVIDIA’s Optimus technology to intelligently switch between its better-for-battery-life Intel graphics and better-for-gaming-performance NVIDIA graphics.
With Intel getting serious about integrated graphics performance with their upcoming Haswell graphics architecture, they are now starting to release more frequent video driver updates, too.
Here is a snapshot of the changelog from NVIDIA’s most recent graphics driver package, released on January 5, 2013: These sorts of performance increases in updated graphics drivers are not uncommon.
Intel recommends you contact your computer manufacturer for the latest system specific updates and technical support information.