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Latest Intel Arc GPU Drivers Boost Gaming Performance by up to 65% in Outlast Trials and Minecraft

Intel’s latest Arc graphics driver brings lofty performance improvements to Team Blue’s first-gen GPU family. The Intel Arc & Iris Xe Graphics – WHQL driver optimizes performance for multiple upcoming games, including “The Outlast Trials”, “The Lord of the Rings: Gollum”, and “Minecraft: Bedrock”. The Outlast Trials, in particular, gets a massive 65% uplift at 1080p compared to the previous driver.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is up to 11% faster at 1440p “High”. Minecraft Bedrock also sees a healthy boost at 1080p and 1440p, gaining up to 30% and 34%, respectively, with ray-tracing enabled. The entire list of game optimizations included in the driver, along with fixes, can be found below:

The Outlast Trials (DX12)

  • Up to 65% improvement at 1080p with Ultra settings.
  • Up to 52% improvement at 1440p at High settings.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (DX12)

  • Up to 4% improvement at 1080p with Epic settings.
  • Up to 11% improvement at 1440p at High settings.

Minecraft Bedrock (DXR)

  • Up to 30% improvement at 1080p with Ray Tracing enabled in 8 RT chunks.
  • Up to 34%/28% improvement at 1440p with Ray Tracing enabled at 8 RT chunks / 24 RT chunks.

Products with Intel Core processor:

  • Battlefield: 2042 (DX12) may have color corruption in the in-game menu.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (DX12) may have color corruption in the Quick Play lobby.

Fixed issues in Intel Arc Control Software

  • 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.

Intel Known Issues Resolved

Intel Arc Graphics Products:

  • The Last of Us (DX12) may experience an application crash during gameplay.
  • 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.
  • Topaz Video AI may experience errors when using some models for video enhancement.

Products with Intel Core processor:

  • Total War: Warhammer III (DX11) may experience an application crash when loading battle scenarios.
  • Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 (DX12) may show corruption in certain light sources, such as fire.
  • Conqueror’s Blade (DX12) may experience an application crash during game startup.
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (DX12) may experience application instability during gameplay.

Known Issues in Intel Arc Control Software:

  • Arc Control Studio capture with certain games may incorrectly output multiple video files.
  • With Intel Arc Control installed, systems may experience slightly higher than expected power consumption during system sleep or hibernation.
  • The notification “could not stop Highlights” may appear when stopping Auto-Game Highlights.
  • Onscreen camera preview may incorrectly persist when switching between Desktop and Overlay modes.
  • The “Connector” type on the Display page may incorrectly display DP when using an HDMI connection.

Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have been writing about computer hardware for over seven years with more than 5000 published articles. Started off during engineering college and haven't stopped since. Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Divinity, Torment, Baldur's Gate and so much more... Contact: areejs12@hardwaretimes.com.
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