Is it OK to have two AMD GPIO Controller with different drivers


when I access the Device Manager on my computer, I find there two "AMD GPIO Controller". When asking for driver info, one of them report its driver is from 02-04-2019 version while the second says it is from 28-10-2019 and version

Since both are kinda like the same stuff (both are GPIO Controllers from AMD), I find odd they would have two different driver versions. The most curious part, though, is that when I run one of those automatic driver update utilities such as Driver Boost, it only detects and updates the second driver (of course, when it considers outdated). In other words, it's like the first GPIO Controller is 'hidden' from such utilities. In one occasion, I downloaded the driver and tried to manually update using the "Update Driver" button in the Device Manager only to find out Windows wouldn't accept my replacement telling "it concluded the most recent version is already installed" – when, given the driver version of the second GPIO Controller, that seems mistaken.

So what is happening here? Why is that I simply can't update the driver of the first GPIO Controller both automatically as well as manually? Notice that I suffer from tons of BSODs (just in the last 30 minutes I got two and one of them didn't even produce a dump file!) and I wouldn't be surprised if this may be one of the reasons for them. I'm using W10 and AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor.

Best Answer

Well, it seems the correct answer is "yet, it is OK". It seems AMD works with two different kinds of GPIO Controllers and each uses its own driver, thus the difference in version. This was confirmed by me after accessing AMD's webpage and downloading an app to update my chipset drivers. In the options menu, two chipset drivers were shown and they had this version number difference. So it seems it's just how AMD works, or at least with my AM4 chipset.