Halo Infinite enjoys massive 750 per cent uplift with latest Intel Arc driver

Triple-digit uplifts.

Halo Infinite gets a huge boost on Intel Arc.

Intel has published Arc and Iris Xe graphics drivers 101.4952 offering massive performance improvements in a bunch of titles alongside new game support.

Version 4952 adds support for:

  • The Talos Principle 2
  • Robocop: Rogue City
  • Star Ocean II R
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III
  • Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name

It’s good to see optimised drivers before the release of games, giving players a better experience from day one. But you know what’s even nicer? Double-digit framerate increases in your favourite games. After all, that’s what truly makes the best graphics card.

Compared to version 101.4887 from a couple of weeks’ ago, this update brings massive performance improvements. Notably, you get up to 19 per cent average uplift in The Talos Principle 2 using DirectX 12, 53 per cent in Returnal using DirectX 12, 113 per cent in World War Z using DirectX 11, and 154 per cent in Yakuza 0 with DirectX 11, not to forget the craziest one, up to 750 per cent in Halo: The Master Chief Collection using DirectX 11. What!

Needless to say, for Halo players, the game is now transforming from barely playable to a high-refresh experience. Also, note that these figures were recorded on a test system housing an Arc A750 GPU plus i9-13900K CPU alongside 32GB of DDR5-5600, so A770 owners may get a little more fps.

More details can be found in the table below:

GamePer cent fps improvementSettings
The Talos Principle 2 (DX12)191440p High
Returnal (DX12)531080p Epic Ray Tracing
Guild Wars 2 (DX11)531080p Ultra
Halo: The Master Chief Collection (DX11)7501080p Enhanced
Sid Meier’s Civilization V (DX11)61080p High
Total War: Warhammer (DX11)101080p Ultra
Lost Ark (DX11)151080p Very High
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (DX11)161080p Extreme
Sniper Elite 3 (DX11)371080p Ultra
World War Z (DX11)1131080p Ultra
Euro Truck Simulator 2 (DX11)271080p Ultra
Yakuza 0 (DX11)1541080p Ultra
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (DX11)201080p Ultra
Alien: Isolation (DX11)91080p Ultra
Far Cry Primal (DX11)141080p Ultra
Far Cry 5 (DX11)141080p Ultra
Far Cry New Dawn (DX11)111080p Ultra

Intel Arc and Iris Xe Graphics drivers 101.4952 can be downloaded from Intel’s website here.

If you were waiting for a specific bug fix, then this update is not for you, since no issues have been resolved this time around.

Known Issues:

Intel Arc Graphics Products:

  • Ghostrunner 2 (DX11) may experience sporadic application crash during gameplay.
  • Total War: PHARAOH (DX11) may exhibit corruption after changing resolution in game on certain displays.
  • Starfield (DX12) may exhibit corruption when using Dynamic Resolution Scaling. A workaround is to change the Render Resolution Scale slider value.
  • Dead by Daylight (DX11) may experience an application crash during gameplay.
  • Topaz Video AI may experience errors when using some models for video enhancement.

Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics Products:

  • Driver installation may not complete successfully on certain notebook systems with both Intel Iris Xe + Iris Xe MAX devices. A system reboot and re-installation of the graphics driver may be required for successful installation.

Arc Control Known Issues:

  • Using Arc Control Studio capture with certain games may incorrectly generate multiple video files.
  • The “Connector” type in the Display page may incorrectly show DP when using an HDMI display connection.
  • May observe “stream has already ended” pop-up after the power events with Capture/Highlights/Broadcast toggle on.
  • Arc Control may not retain overall application settings in Overlay mode after system reboot. A workaround is to use Desktop mode of Arc Control.