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What is the difference between OEM and OGL?


shade

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Hello,

I see drivers releases as OEM and as OGL ... anyone can clarify the difference between the two?

Thanks.

Steve

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OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer - someone like Dell, HP, or Alien.

OGL stands for Open Graphics Language - a method for creating and displaying graphics that predates Direct3D and is still used by many game developers.

An OEM driver was published by the equipment manufacturer, not by nVidia.

An OGL driver contains optimizations for OGL game (and other graphics) development.

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Thanks LSudlow. But when on this site there is a release of drivers marked as OEM I wonder, what manufacturer is releasing them? Let's for example take the drivers released here, who is the manufacturer?

Thanks.

Steve

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Ah! Excellent question! :)

The OEM drivers aren't actually developed by the manufactures themselves. Nvidia creates them and customizes the installation infs for each company. When you see a driver like this one, it usually means you'll find (inside) a folder full of OEM infs intended for use by the various manufacturers.

As a side note, those infs aren't much use to most people, but they're fun for us to browse through, looking for new switches and settings that might be useful for our customized infs.

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