Intel has released yet another version of its DCH graphics drivers for Windows 10, bringing them to version 126.96.36.19976, up from the previous release, version 188.8.131.5236. As usual, the new release focuses on some gaming improvements, adding support for two new games - Destroy All Humans! and Othercide - on processors with Iris Plus Graphics or higher.
Additionally, Intel has made some improvements to other games. Overwatch should see less stuttering on 7th-generation Intel processors or newer, and the company has also improved load times for Star Wars: Battlefront II on 10th-generation processors with Iris Plus Graphics.
Aside from that, this release includes a handful of bug fixes, including some related to Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects:
- Green stripes or artifacts seen while previewing composition in Adobe Premiere Pro 2020 and Adobe After Effects.
- Minor graphics anomalies observed in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege* (Vulkan), Battlefield V* (DX11).
- Observed brightness changing automatically when playing HDR Video content in Movies & TV app with HDR disabled on 10th Generation Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Plus graphics and UHD Graphics.
- Corruption observed while running Unigine superposition OpenGL* Benchmark in borderless window.
Even with those fixes, though, there are still some known issues in this release. One of them includes crashes or hangs in some games, so you may want to be careful:
- Crash may be seen while launching Sony Catalyst Production Suite on 10th Generation Intel Core processors.
- Intermittent crash or hang may be seen in Red Dead Redemption 2* (Vulkan), F1 2020* (DX12).
- Minor graphics anomalies may be observed in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2* (DX12), Battlefield V* (DX12), Rage 2* (Vulkan), Star Wars Battlefront 2* (DX12), Rise of the Tomb Raider* (DX12).
In terms of compatibility, there are no major changes here. You'll need a 6th-generation Intel Core processor or newer, or related Celeron and Pentium processors with Intel HD Graphics 500 and higher. The driver is also compatible with Intel Xeon E3-1500M v5 processors. Software-wise, the driver will work with any version of Windows 10 starting with version 1709.
The new driver can be downloaded from Intel's website, in either .exe or .zip formats so you can choose your preferred install method. You can also use the Intel Driver & Support Assistant to get the latest drivers whenever they release. The full release notes for this version can be found here.