it's semi-hardware based (implemented inside the chipset) so it has some advantages over a software firewall. however, having multiple firewalls can sometimes cause problems.
I've recently installed a new system. After installing it, I went into Device Manager and found that something was missing. After a lot of research I was able to determine that it was some NVIDIA drivers on the motherboard. I went to NVIDIA's website, installed an ActiveX control there to have it peruse my system and it determined that I needed to download some new drivers from NVIDIA's website. I did so, installed the drivers and then it put on something which I assume is optional, called "NVIDIA ForceWare Network Access Manager". I have no idea what that is, nor if I need it or want it. Does anyone here know what it is, please?