Intel announced last night its latest GPU drivers, these are the Intel Arc & Iris Xe Graphics Driver WHQL. Under this long name there are practically no improvements. This implies that they are not the drivers promised by Intel that were to arrive last February.

The expected drivers promised another big performance boost to its Intel Arc dedicated graphics cards. Specific, Intel had “identified and removed“a bottleneck that was preventing their graphics cards from achieving the performance that they should. There are no further details, to the point that Intel has released such drivers, but hasn’t mentioned anything in regards to the huge performance improvement expected.

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These new INTEL Arc & Iris drivers add support for the Destiny 2: Lightfall and Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. Additionally, it is indicated that there have been performance optimizations in Halo Infinite under the DirectX 12 API. Additionally, a graphical corruption when enabling reflections in the graphical settings has been resolved. On the other hand, it is resolved that red dead redemption 2 (Vulkan) will crash when running the benchmark in full screen.

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Other fixes affect Intel Core products. Resolved texture corruptions in the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (DirectX 12), same problem suffered by the Warhammer 40,000: Darktide (DX12) and the DiRT 5 (DX12).

You can download the Intel Arc & Iris Xe Graphics Driver WHQL from Intel’s official website.

Known issues yet to be resolved

Intel Arc Graphics Products:

  • Sea of ​​Thieves (DX11) may show color corruption at the edges of the water.
  • Conqueror’s Blade (DX11) may show corruption in benchmark mode.
  • The Riftbreaker (DX12) may show corruption on black lines with the Xbox Game Pass version.
  • The system may hang upon waking up from sleep. It may be necessary to power cycle the system to recover.
  • GPU hardware acceleration may not be available for media playback and encoding with some versions of Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • Blender may show corruption when using the Nishita Sky texture node.

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Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics Products:

  • Driver installation may not complete successfully on some notebook systems with Intel Iris Xe + Iris Xe MAX devices. It may be necessary to reboot the system and reinstall the graphics driver for the installation to be successful.

Products with Intel Core processor:

  • Total War: Warhammer III (DX11) may experience an application crash when loading battle scenarios.
  • Conqueror’s Blade (DX12) may experience an application crash during game startup.
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (DX12) may experience application instability during gameplay.

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Intel Arc Control Issues

  • Windows UAC Admin is required to install and start Arc Control.
  • The Live Performance Monitoring page may not apply the desired removal of some performance metric tiles.
  • The Resizable Bar status may display an incorrect value on systems with multiple Intel graphics adapters.
  • Using Arc Control Studio capture with certain games may incorrectly output multiple video files.
  • Using Arc Control Studio capture with the AVC codec selected may incorrectly use the HEVC codec.
  • Modifying the performance sliders may not apply the default values. One solution is to use the “Reset” button
    to default values”.