Intel Arc driver boosts fps by up to 34%

Intel isn’t done yet with Arc GPUs.

Avatar Frontiers of Pandora video game poster showing a Na'vi riding a banshee.

Intel continues improving its Arc and Iris drivers, this time bringing performance uplifts to nine titles alongside the usual new game support. This time we get between 5% and 34% average fps boost.

This new driver brings support and optimisations for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, improving average frame rates by up to 8% at 1080p Ultra settings. It also improves Battlefield V by 23%, Final Fantasy XV by 12%, and Dying Light 2: Stay Human by a whopping 31% just to name a few. You can see more details below.

Compared to the 101.4972 Beta, the new 101.5074 Beta drivers bring the following improvements:

GameFPS increaseSettings
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora (DX12)8%1080p Ultra
Battlefield V (DX11)23%1080p Ultra
Crossout (DX11)5%1080p High
Dishonored 2 (DX11)16%4K Ultra
Dying Light 2 Stay Human (DX11)31%1080p High
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition (DX11)12%1080p Highest
For Honor (DX11)14%1080p Extreme
Phasmophobia (DX11)5%1440p High
Train Sim World 3 (DX11)34%1080p Ultra

While these changes may not be that impactful if the initial frame rate is low, they’re still welcome. This shows that Intel continues to improve its GPUs, so one day we can have a third enticing choice for high-end graphics. In the meantime, lowering settings is still a reasonable solution since some do not affect the game’s visuals that much.

This update also fixes a handful of bugs such as crashes in Ghostrunner 2 (DX11), corruption in Cyberpunk 2077 (DX12) and Total War: Pharaoh (DX11), and flickering in Counter-Strike 2 (DX11).

On the other side, Fortnite (DX12) still exhibits some corruption during gameplay using certain Anti-Aliasing settings. Dead by Daylight (DX11) may also crash during gameplay.

You can download version 101.5074 from Intel’s website here, but make sure you have 676MB free first.

The full list of changes are as follows:

Fixed Issues

Arc Graphics Products:

  • Total War: Pharaoh (DX11) may exhibit corruption after changing resolution in game on certain displays.
  • Alan Wake (DX9) may experience application crash when starting a new game.
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (DX12) may exhibit colorful pixel corruption during gameplay.
  • Counter-Strike 2 (DX11) may exhibit flickering pixels during gameplay with Multisampling Anti-Aliasing Mode set to 4X MSAA.
  • Ghostrunner 2 (DX11) may experience sporadic application crash during gameplay.
  • Far Cry 3 (DX11) may experience application crash during gameplay.

Known Issues

Arc Graphics Products:

  • Fortnite (DX12) may exhibit line corruption during gameplay with certain Anti-Aliasing settings.
  • Dead by Daylight (DX11) may experience an application crash during gameplay.
  • Topaz Video AI may experience errors when using some models for video enhancement.

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.

Core Processor (12th-14th Generation) products:

  • Dragon Quest X Online (DX9) may experience sporadic application crash during gameplay.

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.

Arc Control Performance Tuning (Beta):

  • Intel Arc Control Performance Tuning is currently in Beta. As such, performance and features may behave unexpectedly. Intel will continue to refine the Performance Tuning software in future releases.