The Achilles’ heel of Intel video cards was mentioned several times at their birth: drivers. We know why Intel missed this topic, but the good news is that the Blues are turning on the turbo to catch up. Thus, each update allows for significant performance improvements. The latest delivery is proof of this . The new driver adds support for four recently released games and improves performance by about 5% in eight others. As a bonus, it also includes a plug-in for Unreal Engine that allows developers to easily add XeSS to their games. Even if these new ARC GPU drivers are still in beta and will be finalized in the next few days, the internal measurements are interesting.
According to Intel’s release notes , the driver can increase credit performance by 3% in five games: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Forza Horizon 5, Far Cry 6, Chorus, and Sniper Elite 5. It also increases performance by 5% in Gotham. Nights, 7% in Ghostwire Tokyo and 8% in Dirt 5.”
Optimization is one thing, but stability issues are another. Thus, this version fixes some issues in some popular games. Doom Eternal no longer flickers on some maps, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege now shows consistent performance, lighting has been fixed in the Death Stranding Director’s Cut, and vertical lines have disappeared from Forza Horizon 5.
Even if drivers as pure as those of Nvidia or AMD are still a long way off, Intel is concentrating its efforts, and we see that therefore its cards are gradually gaining some additional advantages. The only thing missing is the real availability of ARC GPUs for them to be a viable choice…