Intel has released yet another version of its DCH graphics drivers for Windows 10, bringing it to version 126.96.36.19990. This new release includes initial support for Layers of Fear 2, as long as your chipset has an Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU or higher.
In addition to support for a new game, this driver comes with a bunch of performance improvements. These include improvements to latency in remote gaming, and performance optimizations for Conservative Morphological Anti-Aliasing (CMAA) in DirectX 12 games. There's also support for MPEG Common Encryption (CENC) V1 protected videos in Google Chrome.
As you'd expect, some problems with previous versions of the driver have been addressed as well, as well as some minor improvements here and there. You can expect better support for HDR displays, for example. Here's what's new:
- Intermittent crashes or hangs may occur in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey*.
- Minor graphics anomalies may be observed in Rust* (Vulkan) and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2* (DX12).
- Corruptions may be observed in Creo View* 5.1 (OpenGL).
- Improved support for HDR monitors and panels.
- Improved support for DP-VGA dongles
This release isn't without its own set of known issues, though. You may notice graphics anomalies and even crashes in some games, such as Devil May Cry 5, Rage 2, and more:
- Minor graphics anomalies may be observed in Devil May Cry 5* (DX12).
- Intermittent crashes or hangs may be seen in Conan: Unconquered*, Rage 2* (Vulkan), Sniper Elite V2 Remastered*, Tom Clancy's The Division 2* and World War Z* (Vulkan).
In terms of hardware support, the new driver should work with all the same hardware as the previous release, which is to say sixth-generation Intel Core processors and higher are supported, in addition to related Xeon and Pentium processors with the same GPU. The Intel Xeon E3-1500M v5 family with Intel HD Graphics P530 is also supported, as are Pentium processors with Intel HD Graphics 500 and 505, and UHD Graphics 600 and 605.
Support also remains unchanged on the software side, requiring at least version 1709 of Windows 10, also known as the Fall Creators Update, up to the latest release, version 1903.