Intel Says There’s More Performance To Be Had With Its Latest Game On Arc Driver

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Graphics drivers are critically-important to the experience of using a GPU. When Intel's Arc launched with mediocre-to-poor drivers, that was a real complaint. The nice thing about drivers is that they're software, though, and that means it's easy to fix and replace. Intel's been hard at work on doing just that, with very frequent driver releases supporting upcoming titles and improving performance in already-released games.

Space-based competitive shooter game Boundary just came out Thursday.

Case in point: the Intel Arc & Iris Xe Graphics BETA driver version Just released, this driver has official Game On driver support for upcoming and new-release titles Boundary, Minecraft Legends, Dead Island 2, and Total War: Warhammer III's Mirror of Madness expansion. If you're looking forward to playing any of those games, you can rest assured of a smooth experience on your Arc Alchemist discrete GPU.

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This driver also includes performance optimizations for a number of extant titles, including several intensive ray-traced games. Dead Space Remake gets the biggest gains: as much as 63% performance uplift in 1440p with high settings, which apparently puts the Arc A750 slightly ahead of a GeForce RTX 3060 in that title. F1 22 also gets a double-digit gain of up to 17% in 1080p with "Ultra high" ray-tracing, with smaller gains in 1440p.

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Notoriously intensive title Dying Light 2: Stay Human sees 7% gains in ray-tracing mode, while Dirt 5, Deathloop, and Metro Exodus: Enhanced Edition all see small bumps in performance over the previous driver. Intel highlights the Arc A750 because those parts are extremely affordable, taking a page from AMD's book and focusing on the impressive performance-per-dollar offered by the entry-level Arc GPU.

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Besides the performance gains in this driver, there are also various fixed issues. For Arc Graphics parts specifically, crashes in MS Flight Simulator should be sewn up, and water-edge corruption in Sea of Thieves should be solved. Bright Memory Infinite's Ray Tracing Benchmark mode should perform at full speed on this driver, and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve's Optical Flow feature should work correctly, without color corruption.

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Bright Memory: Infinite has gorgeous ray-traced visuals despite being mostly a one-man show.

Naturally, there are still some known issues. In particular, GPU hardware acceleration may not work correctly in Adobe Premiere Pro, and Topaz Video AI may throw errors when using "some models" for video enhancement. For Iris Xe laptop parts, you may need to reboot the machine and try to install the driver a second time to get it to stick. Also, there are a number of games that will struggle with artifacts on Core processors' integrated graphics.

If you'd like to see the full driver release notes, you can find the PDF over here. Otherwise, as usual, you can head to Intel's download site to grab the new driver, which is recommended for all Windows 10 and 11 users with Arc graphics cards despite being a "beta" driver.