Intel's driver adds support for brand new Arc Alchemist discrete GPUs

Intel Arc launch

Intel has launched its new Windows DCH driver version The new driver adds support for its all-new Arc Alchemist mobile GPUs, the Arc A370M and the Arc 350M discrete cards that were launched today. Alongside that, it also brings a new Arc Control center with a modern interface.

Here are the full release notes:

  • Launch driver for Intel ® Arc™ A370M and A350M Graphics (Codename Alchemist)
  • Introducing Intel® Arc™ Control - a modern interface and all-in-one hub that puts you in full control of the Arc experience, supporting both Intel® Iris™ Xe and Arc™ branded GPUs for a unified software experience.

Here are the known issues with the driver:

  • A Total War Saga™: Troy may experience an application crash when the campaign is launched and “Ultra” quality game settings are selected.
  • Back 4 Blood™ may experience lighting or texture corruption when mist is visible on screen. • Forza Horizon 5™ and Call of Duty™: Black Ops Cold War may experience an application crash when launching the game.
  • FIFA 22™ may experience an intermittent application crash during regular gameplay. • Map textures may fail to load or may load as blank surfaces when playing CrossFire™.
  • Gears 5™ may experience terrain corruption when using medium or higher quality graphics quality settings.
  • Some objects and textures in Halo Infinite™ may render black and fail to load. Lighting may also appear blurry or over exposed in the multiplayer game menus.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy™ may exhibit texture corruption on some interactable objects in game.
  • Metro Exodus: Enhanced Edition may experience minor texture corruption in game. • Naraka: Bladepoint™ may experience texture corruption or flickering on some ground surfaces.
  • Rust™ may intermittently experience an application crash when joining a new server.

And here are the known issues in the new Arc Control:

  • • Intel® Arc™ Control Studio may fail to capture microphone audio when streaming for extended periods of time.
  • Intel® Arc™ Control may fail to start after a driver installation or upgrade. A workaround is to restart your system.
  • Checking for driver updates or attempting to install driver updates through Intel® Arc™ Control may sometimes cause an “Error Installing Driver” message to appear.
  • Smooth Sync is enabled by default when “Application Choice” is selected from the Frame Delivery settings in the Intel® Arc™ Control game settings page.
  • Intel® Arc™ Control hotkeys such as “Alt+I” may fail to work in some games that are capturing keyboard inputs such as CrossFire™ and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege™.
  • Invoking the Highlights hotkey may sometimes produce an “Unknown Error” message via the Intel® Arc™ Control overlay.
  • When altering the performance metrics overlay visibility in Intel® Arc™ Control, some settings may intermittently fail to be hidden from the performance overlay.
  • The Performance Tuning page in Intel® Arc™ Control may erroneously appear visible or configurable on unsupported platforms. When this occurs, changing settings on this page may throw an error message and/or will not function.
  • A Windows® UAC prompt may occur when launching Intel® Arc™ Control.

You can download the driver by heading over to this dedicated web page on Intel's official site.

And in case you are wondering what Arc Control looks like and what its features are, Intel has made a new video explaining the it:

While only the Arc A370M and 350M were launched today, Intel also gave a glimpse of the rest of the Arc Alchemist mobile lineup which will be available in the Summer.

Intel Arc
Intel Arc

In terms of notable achievements, Arc is the first GPU in the market that has full AV1 support, something which neither AMD nor Nvidia has at the moment.

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