Intel’s new Arc drivers transfer control of 3DMark optimizations to the user

In a handful of tests, Intel’s Arc graphics cards have shown good performance in 3DMark tests compared to games, which seems to be explained by the questionable optimization pins that were always on before.

Intel’s foray into the discrete video card market has gotten off to a flying start. The products have been available in a very limited way only in certain markets, and the performance that has leaked from them is not a straight shot from win to win, but a dig below the supposed lines.

Intel has now released the new Arc Graphics Driver 30.0.101.1743 beta drivers for its Arc graphics cards, which add support for the more robust ACM-G10-based Arc A770M and A550M mobile graphics cards. In addition, the drivers have official support for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, F1 22 and Arcadegeddon.

However, the most significant update is the new Advanced Performance Optimizations switch, whose only function, at least at this point, is to turn on and off illegal or at least very questionable 3DMark optimizations. According to Intel, the feature currently only specifically affects the 3DMark Time Spy and Port Royale tests.

Twitter user 0x22h has already had time to test new drivers with the desktop Arc A380 graphics card. With the previous drivers with Advanced Performance Optimizations on, his setup scored 5757 points in the Time Spy test and 1854 points in Port Royal. With the new beta drivers, with APO turned off, points were only 4929 in Time Spy and 1780 in Port Royal. In the Time Spy test, the optimizations above all improved graphics performance, but there is also a difference of 300 points in the processor scores. The results of 0x22h were found first VideoCardz.

Naturally, bugs found in previous releases have also been smoothed out in the drivers. This time, the fix list includes texture corruption in Metro Exodus: EE, Horizon Zero Dawn, F1 2020, Crossfire, and Euro Truck Simulator, as well as crash issues in Horizon Zero Dawn, Sims 4, and Ghostwire: Tokyo. Known problems include, for example, F1 22 crashing at too high settings if AMD’s FidelityFX CACAO Ambient Occlusion setting is used, possible textures of Call of Duty: Vanguard, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Strange Brigade and Forza Horizon 5 corruptions and crashes of Gears 5, Sniper Elite 5 and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. You can familiarize yourself with all the changes in the drivers in the publication release (PDF).

Download the Intel drivers here


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