Intel's New GPU Drivers Boost Performance Up To 750% in DX11, 53% in DX12

Intel Arc Graphics
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Intel introduced a new graphics driver update containing optimizations for PC games, with a DX11 title receiving a 750% improvement while DX12 sees gains of up to 53%. Support for new titles includes The Talos Principle 2, Robocop: Rogue City, Star Ocean II R, popular multiple FPS shooter Call of Duty Modern Warfare III, and "Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name." The new Arc driver also has optimizations for other games and certain fixes. 

DX11 Game Performance Optimizations

Intel claims the new 31.0.101.4952 Arc driver delivers tremendous performance uplift in some games.  Intel measured the performance increases at 1080p Ultra settings, and naturally, the performance boost varies. They are as follows:

  • Guild Wars 2 (DX11): Up to 53% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settings
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection (DX11): Up to 750% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Enhanced settings
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization V (DX11): Up to 6% average FPS uplift at 1080p with High settings
  • Total War: Warhammer (DX11): Up to 10% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settings
  • Lost Ark (DX11): Up to 15% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Very High settings
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (DX11): Up to 16% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Extreme settings
  • Sniper Elite 3 (DX11): Up to 37% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settings
  • World War Z (DX11): Up to 113% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settings
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 (DX11): Up to 27% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settings
  • Yakuza 0 (DX11): Up to 154% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settings
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (DX11): Up to 20% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settings
  • Alien: Isolation (DX11): Up to 9% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settings
  • Far Cry Primal (DX11): Up to 14% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settings
  • Far Cry 5 (DX11): Up to 14% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settings
  • Far Cry New Dawn (DX11): Up to 11% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settings

This graphics driver applies to both the Intel Arc series discrete GPUs and CPUs with onboard graphics from Intel 11th-gen Tiger Lake, Rocket Lake, and Tiger Lake-H up to 14th-generation CPUs, This driver is available for Windows 10 and Windows 11You can download the new update here.  

Known Issues

Intel is aware of certain issues not addressed by the graphics update, such as the Dynamic Resolution Scaling issue on Starfield in DX12 and challenges with installation on notebooks with Iris Xe+ Iris Xe Max. However, Intel also highlights a system reboot and re-installation process that addresses the problem. 

There's also a known issue with Arc Control Studio, such as its capture mode creating multiple video files with certain games and misidentifying DisplayPort for HDMI (according to the release notes). These known issues are usually highlighted with all graphics updates so that users are aware that the Intel driver team has identified its issue. These should be corrected with future updates. 

Interestingly, Intel highlights that its Arc RGB controller is co-designed with Cooler Master. It is available for download here

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  • -Fran-
    Guild Wars 2 (DX11): Up to 53% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settings
    Smile face.

    Also, don't forget infinite improvement for games that just didn't work at all :D

    Regards.
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  • rluker5
    The driver notes state that the improvements are vs a couple of drivers released in October. So the games were likely already working. But unfortunately I don't play any of those games and only have one or two of them.
    I'll check it out though. Not expecting a lot with Starfield, that isn't a good game with Arc, but I'm just about done with that. Maybe the Phantom Liberty expansion will get an improvement. Arc does well with that game and it is next on my playlist.
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  • salgado18
    -Fran- said:
    Smile face.

    Also, don't forget infinite improvement for games that just didn't work at all :D

    Regards.
    Halo: The Master Chief Collection (DX11): Up to 750% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Enhanced settings
    Before: 1 FPS (not working)
    After: 75 FPS (working)

    :)
    Reply
  • TerryLaze
    Admin said:
    The new WHQL driver updates to support newer AAA games while providing optimizations for certain DX11 titles.

    Intel's New GPU Drivers Boosterformance Up To 750% in DX11, 53% in DX12 : Read more
    Ugh, I hate it if something boosterformances me....
    salgado18 said:
    Before: 1 FPS (not working)
    After: 75 FPS (working)

    :)
    Hey, if that is actually true and they went from 1 to 75 FPS then it's a real improvement, they fixed something that was beroken.
    Reply
  • George³
    salgado18 said:
    Before: 1 FPS (not working)
    After: 75 FPS (working)

    :)
    Check your math. How times increasing are 750%?
    Reply
  • helper800
    salgado18 said:
    Before: 1 FPS (not working)
    After: 75 FPS (working)

    :)
    George³ said:
    Check your math. How times increasing are 750%?
    1 => 75 fps would be a 7500% increase in fps.
    Reply
  • Geef
    helper800 said:
    1 => 75 fps would be a 7500% increase in fps.

    The idea is the same. When a video card's frame rates start out very low, using a percentage increase is sort of a shady salesman way to do things.
    Reply
  • helper800
    Geef said:
    The idea is the same. When a video card's frame rates start out very low, using a percentage increase is sort of a shady salesman way to do things.
    If you understand elementary level math its pretty transparent.
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  • palladin9479
    Wow Intel is actually doing it this time around. Every time they've attempted to enter the GPU market, it was always the drivers that sunk them. Both nVidia and ATI poured insane amounts of money into optimizing and refining their drivers, so it's good to see a third party catching up, especially since Intel is targeting the market that the other manufacturers seem to have completely abandoned.
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  • slightnitpick
    helper800 said:
    1 => 75 fps would be a 7500% increase in fps.
    This is a reason I don't like percent increases. They aren't intuitive until you get used to them.
    1 -> 2 = 100% increase.
    1 -> 7.5 = 650% increase (1 -> 2 = 100%, 1 -> 3 = 200%, 1 -> 4 = 300%, 1 -> 5 = 400%, 1 -> 6 = 500%, 1 -> 7 = 600%, 1 -> 7.5 = 650%)
    So, 1 -> 75 = 7400% increase.
    Reply