Intel graphics driver version 27.20.100.9168 adds Iris Xe Max and Hitman 3 support

Intel released the 27.20.100.9168 DCH graphics driver today, and it comes with support for the company's new Iris Xe Max discreet GPU, letting laptops with the component, as well as other supported integrated GPU products of Intel, utilize this driver for maximized performance.

Also mentioned in the highlights for this driver is support for the newly released stealth title from IO Interactive Hitman 3 (where Xe graphics or better is recommended) and fixes for specific corruptions that have been happening on several games such as Nioh 2, Battlefront 2, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy.

Here is the full list of fixes included in this release, which has good news for Intel graphics users who are experiencing Cyberpunk 2077 crashes when launching the title:

  • Crash seen when launching Cyberpunk 2077* (DX12).
  • Minor graphic anomalies observed in Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy*, Nioh 2*, Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, Shadow of the Tomb Raider* (DX12) (with Tessellation ON), Rise of the Tomb Raider* (DX12) (with Tessellation ON), Star Wars Battlefront 2* (DX12), One Piece Pirate Warriors 4* on 11th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics.
  • Minor graphic anomalies observed in Shadow of the Tomb Raider* (DX12), Star Wars Battlefront 2* (DX12), on Intel® Iris® Xe Max Graphics.
  • 4K DP monitor flicker after closing the lid and resuming from sleep or restart via Hook on 11th Generation

Crashes haven't been fixed entirely, however, as seen in the known issues list of this driver release:

  • Intermittent crash or hang may be seen in Cyberpunk 2077* (DX12), when starting gameplay, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War* (DX12), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare* (DX12), Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege* (DX11), Hunt: Showdown*, Dark Souls III*, Destiny 2* (with anti-cheat enabled), Horizon Zero Dawn* (DX12), Dirt 5* (DX12), Watch Dogs: Legion* (DX12) (when new campaign starts), Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint* (DX11), Total War Warhammer 2 (DX12) (when loading campaign mode / benchmark), Metro Exodus* (DX12) when changing graphics settings.
  • Minor graphic anomalies may be observed in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla* (DX12), Baldur’s Gate 3 (Vulkan), Wolfenstein: Youngblood* (Vulkan), Gears of War Ultimate Edition* (DX12), Far Cry: New Dawn* (when starting from a saved file), Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint* (DX11), MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries* (DX12), Valorant* (at high settings), Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice*, Watch Dogs: Legion* (DX12), Hitman 2* (DX12).
  • 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.
  • Lag may be observed while playing a 4K/2K/ Full HD video in 8K60 Tiled mode with application window maximized on 11th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics.
  • Brightness may not update as expected while adjusting brightness in Battery mode on 11th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics.
  • LCD may show garbage during WMV movie playback with high CPU usage on 11th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics.
  • HDR monitor may show gray when TBT Gen2 dock or USBC Gen2 dock HDMI port with "Use HDR" option set on 11th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics.
  • Flickering may be observed in PC screen mode only on 11th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel Iris X e graphics.

The compatibility list for this driver has grown compared to previous releases thanks to the addition of Intel Iris Xe Max Graphics support. The driver is now available for users on Windows 10 version 1709 Fall Creators Update or higher. See the complete compatibility list on the official release notes here.

The newly released 27.20.100.9168 Intel graphics driver can be downloaded by heading here, where it weighs in at around 400MB.

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