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Intel Arc Beta delivers 4% performance uplift in PUBG, more

A screenshot from The Witcher 3 with the Intel ARC Logo superimposed

The latest Intel ARC Beta driver, with improved performance and support for new titles, is here. Version is now available for the Intel ARC A Series graphics cards, delivering a 4% performance uplift in PUBG compared with the last WHQL release. Besides, the driver adds optimizations for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Next-Gen Update, High on Life, and Conqueror's Blade.

Note: Intel ARC Beta is available only for systems with the Intel ARC A Series discrete graphics cards. Those wanting to update drivers for integrated graphics from Intel must download and install another version.

Intel ARC Beta features the following:

Intel® Game On Driver support on Intel® Arc™ A-series Graphics for:

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Next-Gen Update
  • High on Life
  • Conqueror’s Blade

Performance improvements compared with Intel WHQL driver:

Game API Resolution Settings Preset Performance Uplift
PUBG: Battlegrounds DirectX 11 1440p Ultra Up to 4%

The official release notes do not reveal what is fixed in the latest release. However, they warn about the following issues users might encounter:

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Next-Gen Update* (DX12) Hairworks feature is not currently supported on Intel®
  • Arc™ Graphics Products.
  • Diablo II: Resurrected* (DX12) may cause system instability or application crash.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide* (DX12) may experience application crash during character selection.
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem* (DX12) may experience application freeze and crash during gameplay.
  • Conqueror’s Blade* (DX11) may experience corruption in benchmark mode.
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard* (DX12) may experience missing or corrupted shadows during the Submarine mission.
  • Payday 2* (DX9) may exhibit flickering corruption on specific water surfaces.
  • System may hang while waking up from sleep. May need to power cycle the system for recovery.
  • GPU hardware acceleration may not be available for media playback and encode with some versions of Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • Blender may exhibit corruption while using Nishita Sky texture node.

Issues in Intel ARC Control:

  • Windows UAC Admin is required to install and launch Arc Control.
  • Some applications may exhibit a transparent or blank window when CMAA is set to “Force ON” globally.
  • A 1440p resolution selection in Arc Control Studio Capture may be unavailable when the display native resolution is 4K.
  • Arc Control Studio Camera overlay position may not retain desired position and size after a system restart.
  • The Arc Control Studio Camera tab may take longer than expected responsiveness upon the first navigation.
  • Arc Control may report incorrect memory bandwidth value.

You can check out full release notes here (PDF) and download the driver from Intel's official website.

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