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New Lightweight App Checks NVIDIA Driver Updates

An impressive, lightweight third-party app is looking to replace the unwieldy – and potentially privacy-violating – GeForce Experience. Its name – Tiny NVIDIA Update Checker – tells you everything you need to know; the open-source app checks for and downloads new drivers for NVIDIA graphics cards.

NVIDIA Driver Updates

Tiny NVIDIA Update Checker, created by ElPumpo, is still in its infancy. As such, it’s a little rough. In addition, the app doesn’t run in the background. Therfore, it requires manual activation each time. However, it shows potential to become a welcome alternative to GeForce Experience. So long as NVIDIA doesn’t pull the API it uses, that is.

ElPumpo says:

“Instead of using GeForce Experience you can use this tiny application which is customizable, secure and very easy to use. It searches for NVIDIA GPU drivers exactly like GeForce Experience does but in a lightweight (and open source) solution.

When you install GeForce Experience a lot of extra services are being installed without you knowing, and we have no clue what the executables does in the background when the application isn’t even used.

NVIDIAs drivers also come with telemetry which this application can remove from the installer, but requries WinRAR in order to extract the self-extracting archive, and will only extract the core GPU drivers. (no Physics, HD Audio, Geforce Experience, 3D drivers, etc).”

Availability

Tiny NVIDIA Update Checker is available on GitHub.

Ashley Allen

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