Intel has released a new graphics driver version 18.104.22.16839 for its Iris Xe Max DG1 dedicated graphics. So far, OEMs like Acer, among others, have announced notebooks with the dedicated Iris Xe Max GPU. The driver fixes an error in the popular video-transcoding application Handbrake on such machines when using Xe Max graphics. This is the highlight of the release since QuickSync is a major use-case for Intel's graphics. The driver also claims to have better optimization in DirectX 9 titles.
A couple of other bugs have also been fixed. They are:
- App crash observed while attempting to play the game in MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries.
- Minor graphic anomalies seen in Battlefield V* (DX12).
Intel has also listed the issues that it's still working on.
- Intermittent Crash or hang may be seen in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2* (DX12), Horizon Zero Dawn* (DX12), Borderlands 3* (DX12), Destiny 2 (with anti-cheat enabled), Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War* (DX12), Cyberpunk 2077* (DX12), Avengers*(DX12), Dirt 5* (DX12), Counter Strike: Global Offensive (with Stream Textures enabled).
- Minor graphic anomalies may be seen in Shadow of the Tomb Raider* (DX12), Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint* (DX11), Madden NFL 21* (DX12), Forza Horizon 4, Watch Dogs: Legion (DX12), Hitman 2* (DX12).
This driver is only compatible with Intel's Iris Xe Max DG1 graphics running Windows 10 64-bit May 2020 update or newer. If you own such a machine, you can download it in either exe or zip format by heading over to Intel's download center page.