The latest Intel Arc GPU drivers boost DX9 gaming performance by up to 2.3x and promise even more optimizations

Intel has rolled out its latest drivers for Arc graphics cards which offer some massive GPU performance optimizations, especially in DX9 games.

Intel boosts Arc DX9 gaming performance by up to 2.3x with the latest GPU drivers, more ahead!

In its latest blog, Intel showed us the performance comparison between its latest Arc driver suite (v3959) and how it compares to the previous October driver suite (v3490). Intel used the Arc A770, its flagship graphics card based on the Alchemist GPU architecture, for testing, and the results are nothing short of spectacular.

Today’s driver release brings a new DX9 implementation for Intel Arc graphics products including A770, A750, A380 and our family of mobile Arc GPUs. We use a hybrid approach, which is a combination of API techniques, to take advantage of the translation layers when a better experience can be provided with one of our more modern API implementations.

These enhancements are made transparent to the end user through our normal driver distribution process. The details of this implementation may change over time as our DX9 driver evolves.

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According to Intel, the latest drivers are specifically designed to boost performance in DX9 (DirectX 9) games. The company used several popular titles, most of which are still played by many eSports players. The biggest performance increase comes in CSGO with an 80% performance jump at HD resolution (1080p) on High settings and a 77% performance jump at 1440p on Ultra settings. According to Intels Ryan screamthe performance increase in CSGO goes up to 2.3x when counting the numbers of the 99th percentile.

Aside from offering such a huge boost in performance, Intel’s latest Arc GPU drivers are also ready for the latest titles such as:

  • World of Warcraft: Dragonflight
  • Warhammer 40K: Darktide
  • Marvel’s Midnight Sun
  • The Callisto Protocol
  • Fortnite (Chapter 4/UE5.1)

Additionally, DX12 and DX11 titles aren’t left out, and several titles like the ones below receive a variety of performance optimizations:

  • Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (DX12)
  • Far Cry New Dawn (DX11)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (DX11)
  • DOTA2 (DX11)
  • Dying Light 2 (DX12)

You can download the driver and also find the full release notes at this link!

But that’s not all, Intel has already said it’s committed to its Arc GPU roadmap and offering gamers an optimized experience. in a tweet, Raja Koduri said that “there’s more to come,” so these kinds of performance improvements are just the beginning of Arc’s journey to fine wines. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more Arc performance improvements reach us in the coming months.

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