Intel has significantly improved DirectX 9 performance on its Arc Alchemist graphics cards.up to date 220.127.116.1159 driver (opens in new tab) Get up to 1.8x average FPS and up to 2.3x 99th percentile FPS on Arc A770, one of the best graphics cards on the market.
When Arc first came out, it was already a well-known fact that Intel graphics cards performed poorly in games that used legacy APIs. Nonetheless, Intel has promised to improve performance over time, and the chip makers have delivered on that promise. increase. CS:GO, league of legends, starcraft 2, guild wars 2, payday 2When Stellaris.
Compared to the previous driver (18.104.22.16890), the new v3953 driver has an average FPS improvement of 1.79x. CS:GO 1080p on high settings. Comparing his 177 FPS with the old driver to his 318 FPS with the new driver, the frame rate has improved by leaps and bounds. At 1440p on his Ultra setting, we see a 1.77x performance boost. The v3953 driver isn’t just for framerate jumps. It also ensures smoother gameplay. With the v3953 driver, the Arc A770 showed 2.26x higher 99th percentile FPS at his 1080p and 2.15x higher at 1440p.
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Intel’s test system was fairly standard for high-end gaming PCs. It consisted of a Core i9-12900K (Alder Lake) processor, 32GB (2x16GB) of Dominator Platinum DDR5-5600 C36 memory, and an Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Hero motherboard. Intel used the Arc A770 for testing. However, Arc A750, Arc A380, or their mobile counterparts should enjoy similar performance benefits from the v3959 driver.
Intel explained that modern APIs such as DirectX 12 and Vulkan are still the main focus. However, the company has chosen to use a hybrid approach. As a result, there may be cases where the title runs on his native DirectX implementation, or other situations where a translation layer is utilized to move from DirectX 9 to the latest API.
It’s amazing what Intel engineers were able to achieve with the Arc driver less than two months after the Arc graphics card came out. Nonetheless, Intel has promised further improvements to its legacy API titles. That means it may only be a matter of time before games based on DirectX 10 or DirectX 11 see better performance.