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Intel ARC Graphics Windows Drivers: Versions and Features

It is important to have the drivers or drivers always well updated. They not only carry a performance optimization in games, they also correct certain errors or problems. Additionally, drivers often come with important (often unannounced) security patches. For these reasons, drivers should be updated when they are available.

Origin of Intel ARC graphics cards

For many years the integrated graphics (iGPU) in Intel processors have left much to be desired. These graphics were low power, allowing video and little else. But, for the last few years they have been working on developing their own graphics cards to compete with AMD and NVIDIA.

We can say that the start of the development of these graphics cards begins in November 2017. It was then that it became official that Raja Koduri, who had been behind the development of several AMD graphics architectures, signed for Intel for the development of gaming graphics. That was a big hit in the industry, as Koduri is considered the best in the field of graphics.

Koduri signed for Intel with the clear mission of develop graphics cards that match those of NVIDIA and AMD. To do this, Intel put at their disposal all the necessary resources and freedom of contract. His influence has been so great that he is currently one of the most powerful people in the company.

Development has taken a long time and Intel’s first ARC Alchemist graphics are far from the competition. Although of course, AMD and NVIDIA have many years of advantage and development.

Characteristics of these new gaming graphics

Intel graphics cards bring some adjustments, such as the development of the Vector Engine cores. This is the company’s name for conventional Execution Units. Each of these units processes up to 8 FP32 instructions simultaneously. This is possible thanks to a 256-bit SMID.

These graphics cards include the new ones Xe Matrix eXtensions (XMX Engine). Said XMX have quite a few similarities with the NVIDIA Tensor Cores. These cores are designed for Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

But also, inside we find the Render Slice which is made up of four Xe-Core blocks, each with 64 Vector Engine. Note that each Xe-Core includes 4 Ray Tracing Units, in addition to other elements.

At this point we can already see that we are not really talking about a simple GPU, but a chip made up of different elements.

These graphics cards offer support for real-time light ray tracing technology, also known as Ray Tracing. For this, specific kernels have been included for the computation of this complex task.

It is well known that Ray Tracing consumes an enormous amount of resources and generates a loss of performance. To compensate for this loss of performance, technology has been developed Intel XeSS. This technology would be the equivalent of NVIDIA DLSS and AMD FSR.

Intel XeSS compatible games that have driver support for ARC Alchemist

Intel ARC Graphics Windows Driver 30.0.101.1736

These new Intel ARC drivers add support for different technologies, as well as support for the new Intel ARC A380M. Additionally, support for Redout 2, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3, and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard games on Intel ARC Alchemist is optimized. A list of known and resolved issues is also added.

support for

  • Intel Arc A380
  • Intel Game On Driver support for Redout 2, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3, and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard on Intel Arc Alchemist graphics

Problems solved

  • Far Cry 6 (DX12)– You may experience texture corruption on water surfaces during gameplay
  • Destiny 2 (DX11)– May experience texture corruption on some rocky surfaces during gameplay
  • Naraka: Bladepoint (DX11)– You may experience an app crash or become unresponsive during training mode

Known issues

  • Metro Exodus: Enhanced Edition (DX12), Horizon Zero Dawn (DX12), Call of Duty: Vanguard (DX12), Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint (DX11), Strange Brigade (DX12), and Forza Horizon 5 (DX12) may experience texture corruption during gameplay
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (DX11)– You may experience texture corruption on the Emerald Plains map – when ultra settings are enabled in-game. One solution is to select the Vulkan API in the game settings
  • Gears 5 (DX12)– You may experience an app crash, system crash, or TDR during gameplay
  • Sniper Elite 5– You may experience an application crash on some hybrid graphics system configurations when the Windows “Graphics Performance Preference” option for the application is not set to “High Performance”
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (DX12)– You may experience an app crash during gameplay
  • cross fire– Map textures may not load or load as blank surfaces
  • Halo Infinite (DX12): Some objects and textures may turn black and not load. Lighting may also appear blurry or overexposed in multiplayer game menus

Intel ARC Control

  • Checking for driver updates or attempting to install driver updates through Intel Arc Control can sometimes cause a “Failed to install driver” message to appear
  • Smooth Sync is enabled by default when “Application Choice” is selected in the Frame Delivery settings on the Intel Arc Control game settings page
  • The Performance Tuning page in Intel Arc Control may erroneously appear as visible or configurable on unsupported platforms. When this occurs, changing the settings on this page may throw an error message and/or not work.
  • Windows UAC prompt may appear when starting Intel Arc Control

Package content

  • Intel graphics driver
  • Intel Media SDK Runtime (21.0.1.35)
  • Intel oneVPL GPU Runtime (21.0.2.7)
  • Intel Graphics Compute Runtime Driver for OpenCL
  • Vulkan Runtime Installer
  • Intel Graphics Driver Installer (1.0.610)
  • oneAPI Level Zero Loader and validation layer
  • Intel Graphics Compute Runtime for OneAPI Level Zero specification
  • Intel Arc control
  • Intel Driver Support Assistant

product compatibility

PRODUCTS
Intel ARC A380M
Intel ARC A730M
Intel ARC A370M
Intel ARC A350M
GPUs integrated into 12th Gen Intel Core Alder Lake-H/P (Xe-LP) processors

Intel ARC Graphics Windows Driver 30.0.101.1330

The new drivers add support for the games Dolmen, Vampire: The Masquerado – Bloodhunt, and Evil Dead: The Game. A large number of issues are also fixed and a list of known issues is provided.

support for

  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt
  • Evil Dead: The Game
  • Dolmen

Problems solved

  • Back 4 Blood– You may experience lighting or texture corruption when fog is visible on screen
  • gear 5– You may experience terrain corruption when using a graphics quality setting of medium or higher quality.
  • FIFA 22– You may experience an intermittent app crash during normal gameplay
  • World of Warcraft Shadowlands– You may experience flickering or corruption when MSAA is enabled
  • Stuttering or lag may be observed when playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Monster Hunter: World, Hood: Outlaws & Legends, Outriders, and Sniper Ghost Warrior: Contracts 2
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider– You may experience an application crash or crash with an error popup dialog when ray traced shadow quality is enabled.
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne– You may experience an application crash or crash with an error popup dialog when configuring the render API in DirectX 12

Known issues

  • ForzaHorizon 5– may experience texture corruption
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War– You may experience an app crash during normal gameplay
  • cross fire– Map textures may not load or load as blank surfaces
  • halo-infinite: Some objects and textures may turn black and not load. Lighting may also appear blurry or overexposed in multiplayer game menus
  • Guardians of the Galaxy– May exhibit texture corruption on some interactive objects
  • Metro Exodus: Enhanced Edition– May experience minor texture damage

Intel ARC Control

  • Checking for driver updates or attempting to install driver updates via Intel Arc Control can sometimes cause the “Failed to install driver” message to appear
  • Smooth Sync is enabled by default when “Application Choice” is selected in the Frame Delivery settings on the Intel Arc Control game settings page
  • The Performance Tuning page in Intel Arc Control may erroneously appear as visible or configurable on unsupported platforms. When this occurs, changing the settings on this page may throw an error message and/or not work.
  • A Windows UAC prompt may appear when starting Intel Arc Control

Package content

  • Intel graphics driver
  • Intel Media SDK Runtime (21.0.1.35)
  • Intel oneVPL GPU Runtime (21.0.2.6)
  • Intel Graphics Compute Runtime Driver for OpenCL
  • Vulkan Runtime Installer
  • Intel Graphics Driver Installer (1.0.610)
  • oneAPI Level Zero Loader and validation layer
  • Intel Graphics Compute Runtime for OneAPI Level Zero specification
  • Intel Arc control
  • Intel Driver Support Assistant

product compatibility

PRODUCTS
Intel ARC A370M
Intel ARC A350M
12th Generation Intel Core Alder Lake-H/P Processors

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