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DRM is no longer a problem for Intel Alder Lake-S

When the Intel Alder Lake-S processors were released, we were able to confirm that due to the security check system used by certain Denuvo DRM-based games, they were unable to run certain titles. It was not a particularly serious problem, since in the end we were facing a scenario that could be solved with a simple patch, and that has been precisely what has happened.

Intel itself openly acknowledged this problem, saying it was caused by a DRM-level flaw that caused Denuvo to incorrectly recognize the hybrid design of Intel Alder Lake-S processors. In short, said DRM identified the high-performance cores as one system, and the high-efficiency cores as another system, and therefore It ‘thought’ that you were trying to run the game on two PCs at the same time.

When the Intel Alder Lake-S processors arrived, the list of affected titles was around 90, but thanks to the patches they have been receiving, that list has been reduced to three. Yes, only three games still have conflict issues when identifying the hybrid configuration of the Intel Alder Lake-S processors as if they were two different systems. I know what you’re thinking, what are those three games that are still affected? Well, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Fernbus Simulator and Madden 22, although, curiously, some users have been able to run the first without problems on a computer based on the new Intel Core i7-12700K, and with Windows 11 as a conductor.

What can I do if I am having trouble running an Intel Alder Lake-S game due to Denuvo?

As we have indicated, the list of games that can still give problems has been drastically reduced, but if you want to run any of those titles without waiting for the release of their respective patches. don’t worry, there is a way to do it. You just have to follow these steps:

  • Enter the BIOS of your PC.
  • Activate the Legacy Games Compatibility Mode option.
  • Save the change and exit the BIOS.
  • Let the PC boot normally.
  • Activates the keyboard scroll lock key.
  • Launch the affected game.
  • Disables the keyboard scroll lock key when hovering the game title screen.

I remind you that some motherboard manufacturers, such as GIGABYTE, for example, offer free tools for its Z690 motherboards that allow you to easily disable the high-efficiency cores, so you can also use these to play normally, since by disabling these cores the DRM no longer identifies the Intel Alder Lake-S chip as if it were from two different systems.

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