Intel graphics driver version 27.20.100.9079 fixes crashes in Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Intel has released a new update for its DCH graphics driver, specifically targeting the integrated GPUs in its processors (not the Irix Xe Max graphics card). The new update brings the driver version to 27.20.100.9079, and it's mostly focused on bug fixes, so it doesn't add support for any new games.

The highlight of the release is that it fixes crashes and hangs that could happen in Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Valhalla, as well as Tom Clancy's The Division 2 when running in DirectX 12 mode. There are some other issues fixed with this release, though:

  • Minor graphic anomalies seen in Arma 3* on 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processors with Intel UHD Graphics.
  • Minor graphic anomalies seen in Fortnite* (DX12) (Battle Royale Mode) on 11th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics.
  • Minor graphic anomalies seen in Angry Birds Space* game when switching from maximized windowed mode to full screen using ALT + ENTER on 10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Iris Plus graphics and higher.
  • BD playback is corrupted by Corel WinDVD on 11th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics.
  • Panel Self Refresh may be disabled while unplugging or plugging AC power during video playback on 11th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics.

Despite the fixes, there's still a lengthy list of known issues with this release. Among them, some intermittent crashes or hangs may be experienced in Cyberpunk 2077 when using Iris Xe graphics, bringing the experience closer to the console versions of the game. Here's the full list of known issues:

  • Iris Xe Graphics: Intermittent crash or hang may be seen in Cyberpunk 2077* (DX12), Hunt: Showdown*, Dark Souls III*, Horizon Zero Dawn* (DX12), Dirt 5* (DX12), Watch Dogs: Legion* (DX12) (when new campaign starts), Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint* (DX11), Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War* (DX12), Halo 3: ODST* (during mission loading), Total War Warhammer 2 (DX12) (on loading campaign mode / benchmark).
  • Iris Xe Graphics: Minor graphic anomalies may be observed in World of Warcraft*(DX12), Star Wars Battlefront 2* (DX12), Wolfenstein: Youngblood* (Vulkan), Gears of War Inmate Edition* (DX12), Far Cry: New Dawn* (when starting from a saved file), Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout*, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint* (DX11), MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries* (DX12), Red Dead Redemption* (DX12), Shadow of the Tomb Raider (with Tessellation ON), Valorant* (at high settings), Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice*, Watch Dogs: Legion* (DX12), Assassin’s Creed Valhalla* (DX12).
  • Iris Plus Graphics and higher: Intermittent crash or hang may be seen in Destiny 2* (with anti-cheat enabled), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare* (DX12), Metro Exodus* (DX12) on changing graphics settings.
  • Iris Plus Graphics and higher: Minor graphics anomalies may be observed in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord* (DX11), Yakuza Like a Dragon*.
  • Minor Graphic Anomalies may be seen in ARK: Survival Evolved* (DX11) and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare* (DX12) when Image Sharpening enabled in Intel Graphics Command Center on Iris Xe graphics.
  • YouCam Camera Preview & Video Playback may be black.
  • Screen shows garbage when change resolution under OS with 1366*768 panel on 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processors with Intel UHD Graphics.

As far as compatibility goes, nothing has changed from the previous releases. PCs running Windows 10 version 1709 - the Fall Creators Update - or newer should be able to install it. It also supports the integrated GPUs in most Intel Core processors from the 6th generation onward, as well as related Xeon, Celeron, and Pentium processors with integrated graphics. If you're looking for drivers for the Iris Xe Max GPU, an update was released earlier in the week for it.

If you're interested, you can download the newest driver from here, in either ZIP or EXE formats according to your preference. The full release notes can be found here for more information.

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