Latest Intel Arc GPU driver boosts DX9 gaming performance by up to 2.3x, with further optimizations expected

Intel has rolled out its latest Arc graphics driver, which offers some massive GPU performance optimizations, especially in DX9 games.

Intel boosts Arc DX9 gaming performance by up to 2.3x with latest GPU driver!

In its latest blog, Intel showed us its latest Arc driver suite (v3959) and how it compares to the previous driver suite from October (v3490). Intel tested it with its flagship graphics card, the Arc A770, based on the Alchemist GPU architecture, and the results were astonishing.

Today’s driver release brings the new DX9 implementation to Intel Arc graphics products, including the A770, A750, A380 and our family of mobile Arc GPUs. We use a hybrid approach, a combination of API technologies, to leverage the translation layer when using one of our more modern API implementations would provide a better experience.

These improvements will be delivered transparently to end users through our normal driver distribution process. Details of this implementation may change over time as our DX9 drivers evolve.

via Intel


According to Intel, the latest drivers are designed to improve the performance of DX9 (DirectX 9) games. The company uses several popular titles, most of which are still played by many esports gamers. CSGO has the biggest performance boost, with an 80% performance increase at HD (1080p) resolution and high settings, and a 77% performance increase at 1440P and ultra settings.According to Intel’s Ryan Slaughterwhen pulling in the 99th percentile, CSGO achieves up to a 2.3x performance boost.

In addition to delivering such a huge performance boost, Intel’s latest Arc GPU driver is also ready for the latest games, such as:

  • World of Warcraft: Dragon Legion
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dark Tides
  • Marvel’s Midnight Sun
  • Callisto Protocol
  • Fortnite (Chapter 4/UE5.1)

Additionally, DX12 and DX11 games are not excluded, and several titles listed below have received substantial performance optimizations:

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

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

But that’s not all, Intel has said it’s committed to its Arc GPU roadmap and delivering an optimized experience for gamers. In a tweet, Raja Koduri It’s been said that “there’s more to come”, so these performance improvements are just the beginning of the Arc’s wine journey. As more Arc performance enhancements become available in the coming months, we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

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