Intel has released today its latest Windows DCH display driver version 18.104.22.16805. The new driver succeeds the previous 22.214.171.12484 version which added Windows 11 support for all compatible Intel graphics products. This means you can install the latest release too and enjoy Windows 11 compatibility if you had perhaps skipped or missed the earlier version. The new driver also carries new optimizations for both developers as well as gamers.
For devs, the oneAPI Video Processing Library (oneVPL) GPU runtime is included in the driver. For those wondering, the oneVPL is Intel's successor to its earlier Media SDK API that allows devs to design software that is compatible with the firm's all-encompassing oneAPI framework.
More details may be available in the links provided below:
- Intel oneAPI Video Processing Library Specification:
Now moving on to gaming, there is support for NARAKA: BLADEPOINT, a 60-player fantasy action Battle Royale game. Nvidia has also released a driver compatible with the title. In fact, the company, with the help of AIB partner Zotac, even went on to launch a graphics card themed on the game.
Aside from these, the driver also incorporates a bunch of bug fixes which are listed below:
- Intermittent crash or hang seen in Doom Eternal* (Vulkan), War Thunder*, Persona 4 Golden*
- Minor graphic anomalies seen in Chivalry II*, Scarlet Nexus*, Total War: Warhammer II* (DX12) (at High settings), Horizon Zero Dawn* (DX12) on Intel® Iris® Xe discrete graphics.
- Intermittent crash or hang seen in The Witcher 3* on Intel® Iris® Xe discrete graphics.
- Black screen seen during initial launch of Warframe* (DX11) on Intel® Iris® Xe discrete graphics.
- Windows 10 Dual Boot Menu unable to display after reboot system with Intel graphics driver installed.
- Screen flickering seen when opening Microsoft Edge browser on resume from standby.
There are also known issues in this release which are:
- Intermittent crash or hang may be seen in Ark: Survival Evolved* (when starting single player game), Breathedge*, Burnout Paradise Remastered*, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War* (DX12), Detroit: Become Human* (Vulkan), Metro Exodus* (DX12) (when changing graphics settings), Moonlight Blade* (DX12), NBA2K21* (DX12) (when switching resolution from 1920 x 1080 to 1600 x 900 and 1280 x 720), Necromunda: Hired gun* (DX12) (Shadow option other than low), Red Dead Redemption 2* (DX12) benchmark, Redout: Enhanced Edition*, Resident Evil Village* (DX12), Spyro: Reignited Trilogy*, The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan*
- Minor graphic anomalies may be observed in Adobe Premiere Pro 2020* while playing video, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla* (DX12), Call of the Sea*, Crysis Remastered, Cyberpunk 2077* (DX12), Dark Souls 3, Death Stranding* (DX12), Deus Ex Mankind Divided* (DX12), , Elex*, Gears of War Ultimate Edition* (DX12), Hitman 2* (DX12), Just Cause 4*, Microsoft Flight Simulator*, Monster Jam Steel Titans 2*, Red Dead Redemption 2* (DX12), Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint*, Wolfenstein: Youngblood* (Vulkan).
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla* (DX12) may run at low frame rate.
- Variable Refresh Rate may not be enabled in Watch Dogs Legion* (DX12).
- Thunderbolt display may not turn on after HDR is enabled for built-in display.
- Intel® Iris® X e Discrete graphics: Intermittent crash or hang may be seen in Apex Legends* (DX12), Conan Exiles* (Low End Laptop Mode” in game settings), CS:GO* (when toggling between full screen and windowed), Death Stranding* (DX12) (on ALT +TAB), Forza Motorsport 6* (DX12), Rage 2* (Vulkan) (when entering main menu),
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI* (during ALT+ENTER), SMITE* (on hot plug or unplug of external display) and The Sims 4* (hot plug or unplug of external display), Warframe* (DX12).
- Intel® Iris® X e Discrete graphics: Crash or hang may be seen when launching Batman: Arkham City*, Call of Duty: WarZone* (DX12), Metro Exodus* (DX12), Outriders* (DX12), Star Wars: Squadrons*
- Intel® Iris® Xe Discrete graphics: Minor graphic anomalies may be observed in Code Vein*, Doom Eternal* (Vulkan), Euro Truck Simulator*, GRID 2019* (DX12), Forza Horizon 4* (DX12), Marvel’s Avengers (DX12), Metro Exodus* (DX12), Rocket League* (when CMAA Enabled), Serious Sam 4* (Vulkan).
As usual, the new driver is compatible with all Intel integrated as well as dedicated graphics starting from the 6th gen Core processors onwards. The 500 series Pentium and Celeron processors are also supported. In terms of OS support, all Windows versions starting from version 1809 and newer are supported.
To download the new 126.96.36.19905 Windows DCH graphics driver, head over to Intel's official support page here where you can opt for either the .exe or the .zip version of the driver package.