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Intel issues a whopping 1.2 GB Intel Arc beta driver update

An Intel Arc logo with a Saints Row Reboot screenshot behind it

Intel has released another Intel Arc beta driver update with various fixes and improvements. Version fixes bugs in Marvel's Spider-Man, Saint's Row, Gears 5, and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. Besides, users will be glad to learn that the latest release has fixed an annoying issue causing third-party camera apps to play fullscreen videos with corruption.

Another noteworthy change in Intel Arc 31.101.3276 driver is its ever-growing size. While Nvidia and AMD keep their driver packages around 500 MB, installing the Intel Arc graphics driver requires a whopping 1.2 GB of storage.

Here is the full changelog:

Fixed Issues:

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (DX12) may exhibit lighting corruption when looking towards the Sun.
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (DX12) may exhibit a soft lock when attempting to take a picture of the Empire State Building.
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (DX12) may exhibit missing lens flare effects with certain light sources.
  • Saint’s Row (DX12) may experience an application crash after extended gameplay, or during game launch.
  • Saint’s Row (DX12) flickering corruption may be observed on certain textures.
  • Gears 5 (DX12) may experience an application crash, system hang or TDR during gameplay.
  • Some third-party camera applications may exhibit video corruption when playing the recorded video in Fullscreen.
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint (DX11) may exhibit shadow corruption in certain environments when observing from a large distance.

Intel Arc Control Fixed Issues:

  • Arc Control Game Compatibility may incorrectly display unintended values in per-game profiles.
  • Invoking Arc Control in a dual-display configuration may incorrectly cease inputs on the secondary displays.
  • Arc Control may fail to invoke on some systems with certain regional language settings.
  • Arc Control may fail to launch after system experiences a TDR.
  • An intermittent soft hang may be observed when starting an Arc Control Studio capture or broadcast.
  • Arc Control may display an erroneous message when attempting to enable Auto Game Highlights.

Intel Arc Control Performance Tuning (BETA):

  • Adjusting Performance Tuning values from a higher value to a lower value may cause tuning values to reset to default

And, of course, no driver update comes without a list of known bugs and issues. Here is the one for the latest Intel Arc release:

Known Issues:

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (DX12) may exhibit an application crash when loading into the game with RayTraced Reflections enabled.
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (DX12) may experience shadow corruption when using FSR 2.0 upscaling.
  • Movies and TV Application may experience a hang during HDR video playback and changing video to Fullscreen.
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (DX12) block corruption may be intermittently observed while panning the camera when the game resolution is set to 4K.
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard (DX12) may experience lower than expected performance in the game menu.
  • Sniper Elite 5 (DX12) may experience an application crash on some Hybrid Graphics system configurations when Windows® “Graphics Performance Preference” option for the application is not set to “High Performance”.
  • Map textures may fail to load or may load as blank surfaces when playing CrossFire.
  • Some Intel® Arc™ A380 series graphics product fans may continue running when the graphics card or system is idle.
  • Some Intel® Arc™ A380 series graphics cards may intermittently reboot the system when resuming from S3 sleep.

Intel Arc Control Known Issues:

  • Windows UAC Admin is required to install and launch Arc Control.
  • Intel® Arc™ Control may fail to correctly update. A workaround is to uninstall Intel® Arc™ Control from Add or Remove programs before updating.
  • Some applications may exhibit a transparent or blank window when CMAA is set to “Force ON” globally.
  • Some applications may exhibit pixel corruption when Sharpening Filter is enabled globally.
  • Opening Arc Control in some game titles with ALT+I during gameplay may not correctly appear.
  • Using Arc Control Studio Capture with “In Stream” mode enabled may not correctly record entire clip when under a 1080p resolution setting.
  • Recording with Arc Control Studio Capture and “In Stream” mode enabled may not save the output video file at the desired length.
  • Streaming with Arc Control Studio Capture and “In Stream” mode enabled may cause unexpected connection instability to the desired platform.
  • 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.
  • Hot-plugging peripheral devices such as cameras, microphones, or displays while Arc Control is open may cause Arc Control to become unresponsive.
  • Arc Control may not scale automatically when changing from a 1080p resolution to a 4K resolution.
  • Some image types may not load when using Arc Control Camera “Background Replacement” option.
  • Some Arc Control Telemetry metrics may not align with 3rd party applications or built-in OS functions.
  • VRAM Effective Frequency metric in Arc Control Telemetry incorrectly displays the value in GHz.
  • The Arc Control Studio Camera tab may take longer than expected responsiveness upon the first navigation.
  • Hot-plugging a secondary display with Arc Control invoked may cause Arc Control to be unresponsive.
  • Hot-plugging a display with Arc Control Studio Capture audio device set to display audio may cause an error when attempting to capture or broadcast.

Intel Arc Control Performance Tuning (BETA):

  • Intel® Arc™ Control Performance Tuning is currently in Beta. As such, performance and features may behave unexpectedly. Intel® will continue to refine the Performance Tuning software in future releases.
  • After clicking the “Reset to defaults” button in Arc Control Performance Tuning, a reboot is required
  • to fully restore modified performance values to the desired default state.

You can download Intel Arc beta graphics driver from the official website. The release supports Windows 11 and 10 (20H2 and up) and works on systems with the Intel 12th Gen Core processors with Xe-LP iGPUs and desktop or mobile Intel Arc A Series graphics.

In case you missed it, Intel recently started selling its Arc A380 graphics card in the United States. The GPU offers modest performance and a price tag of only $139.

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