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New Arc drivers provide huge DX11 performance boost for Intel GPUs

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New drivers for Intel’s Arc GPUs, unifying previously separate drivers for desktop Arc graphics cards and the Arc GPU integrated into new Core Ultra laptop processors, have led to significant performance increases for a range of DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 games.

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The average performance increase for Intel’s Arc A-series graphics cards is 37.4 percent across a wide range of (mostly DX11) games, but for some titles the figure is much higher. In the game Just Cause 4, with the new drivers, you should see a 268 percent increase in frames per second with “Very High” graphics settings and 1080p resolution.

Here are the complete list of improvements, as provided by Intel, for Arc desktop GPUs:

Albion Online (DX11)Up to 11% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settingsAnno 1800 (DX11)Up to 33% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra High settingsApex Legends (DX11)Up to 26% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settingsAssassin’s Creed Syndicate (DX11)Up to 13% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra High settingsBlack Desert Online (DX11)Up to 18% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settingsElder Scrolls Online (DX11)Up to 10% average FPS uplift at 4K with Ultra settingsElex II (DX11)Up to 101% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settingsHumankind (DX11)Up to 11% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Fantastic settingsHunt: Showdown (DX11)Up to 27% average FPS uplift at 1080p with High settingsJust Cause 3 (DX11)Up to 160% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Very High settingsJust Cause 4 (DX11)Up to 268% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Very High settingsNew World (DX11)Up to 13% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Very High settingsReturnal (DX12)Up to 8% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Epic settingsSid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm (DX11)Up to 32% average FPS uplift at 1080p with High settingsSons of the Forest (DX11)Up to 15% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settingsSpace Engineers (DX11)Up to 69% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Extreme settingsStar Citizen (DX11)Up to 9% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Very High settingsStar Wars Squadrons (DX11)Up to 6% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settingsStellaris (DX11)Up to 5% average FPS uplift at 1080p with High settingsTekken 8 (DX12)Up to 15% average FPS uplift at 4K with Ultra settingsThe Last of Us Part 1 (DX12)Up to 8% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settingsWarframe (DX11)Up to 20% average FPS uplift at 1080p with High settingsWatch Dogs: Legion (DX11)Up to 16% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ultra settingsXCOM 2 (DX11)Up to 4% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Maximum settings

The improvements are not as impressive for Intel Core Ultra processors with Intel’s Arc integrated graphics. As an example, with the graphics settings “Very Low” and 1080p resolution in the game The Last of Us Part 1, you should only see a 6 per cent increase in frames per second.

Below, you’ll find the complete list of improvements in Core Ultra processors, as provided by Intel:

Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth (DX12)Up to 25% average FPS uplift at 1080p with High settingsReturnal (DX12)Up to 6% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Low settingsThe Last of Us Part 1 (DX12)Up to 6% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Very Low settings

The new drivers also add initial support for several new games:

EnshroudedSuicide Squad: Kill the Justice LeagueLike a Dragon: Infinite WealthTekken 8Palworld

This article was originally published on pcforalla.se and translated from Swedish to English, with additional context added by the PCWorld staff.

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