Surface Book 3 gets new updates to improve graphics performance and stability

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Microsoft's Surface Book 3 was first released in May of last year after the company kept fans waiting two years and a half since its predecessor. The device has been getting fairly frequent firmware and driver updates since then, and today, a new batch of updates is rolling out, bringing along some improvements to graphics performance and stability.

The full list of updates includes new graphics drivers for both the integrated Intel Iris Plus graphics and the discrete GPU from Nvidia, bringing them closer to the generic drivers from each brand. There's also a new firmware update. Here's the full list:

Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Update
Intel Corporation – Display - 27.20.100.8681 Intel(R) Iris(R) Plus Graphics – Display adapters Improves system graphics performance, stability, and security.
Intel Corporation – Extension - 27.20.100.8681

Intel(R) Iris(R) Plus Graphics Extension

Improves integration between system services and stability.
NVIDIA - Display - 27.21.14.5257 NVIDIA GeForce GTX - Display adapters Improves system graphics performance, stability, and security.
Surface – Firmware – 9.102.140.0 Surface UEFI – Firmware Addresses security updates and improves system stability.

As usual, the update requires users to be running a recent version of Windows 10, specifically version 1903 or newer, but the Surface Book 3 already shipped with a newer version installed. It's also worth keeping in mind that some updates roll out gradually and may not show up for everyone right away.

With it being almost a year since the Surface Book 3 launched, a refresh could be in the works, especially seeing as Intel and Nvidia have both introduced new hardware in the meantime. But it took two and a half years for Microsoft to release a successor to the Surface Book 2, so there's no telling how soon the next one will come. If you're interested in buying one, you can check out our review of it.

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