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Intel's latest iGPU driver prepares the way for World of Warcraft: Battle of Azeroth and The Walking Dead

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Intel releases iGPU drivers that are ready for 8 new games

Intel's latest iGPU driver prepares the way for World of Warcraft: Battle For Azeroth and The Walking Dead

Amongst many PC gamers, Intel is a laughing stock, at least on the graphics side of the equation. In the PC/GPU market, AMD and Nvidia act as the only manufacturers that are considered as "worth using", at least outside of generalised desktop workloads.

Intel is actively working to change this perception, with plans to release dedicated graphics cards in 2020, starting a new era within the GPU market where three players are duking it out in the desktop and enterprise marketplaces. Before that time comes, Intel needs to be ready with a reliable driver team and software that can get the most out of their hardware.

Intel's latest driver release, Driver version 24.20.100.6229, offers users several bug fixes and support for eight new gaming titles. This driver also provides fixes for "graphical anomalies" and "intermittent crashes" in Deux Ex: Mankind Divided and World of Warcraft (Using DirectX12), offers visual enhancements when using Dell HDR displays and adds several security fixes and improvements. 
    
This new driver is marketed as a "Launch Driver" for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth and The Walking Dead: The Final Season, with Intel recommending UHD graphics 620 iGPUs or better. The driver also mentions playability for Yakuza 0, Ys: Memories of Celceta, Stonehearth, Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion, This is the Police 2 and Overcooked 2 on Intel UHD Graphics 620 or better. 

The following "known issues" are mentioned in this driver update. 

KNOWN ISSUES

- Minor Graphics anomalies may be observed in Rise of the Tomb Raider* (DirectX* 12), Monster Hunter: World*,
Stonehearth*, and other games
- Steam* overlay may not work in Dota 2* when running in Vulkan* mode
- Intermittent crashes or hangs may occur in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare*, Unravel 2* and other games

 

Intel's latest iGPU driver prepares the way for World of Warcraft: Battle of Azeroth and The Walking Dead

 

The following Intel processors are supported by this new graphics driver.

- 8th Generation Intel Core processors, related Pentium/ Celeron Processors, and Intel Xeon processors, with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 and Intel UHD Graphics 610, 620, 630, P630.
- 7th Generation Intel Core processors, related Pentium/ Celeron Processors, and Intel Xeon processors, with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 650 and Intel HD Graphics 610, 615, 620, 630, P630.
- 6th Generation Intel Core processors, Intel Core M, and related Pentium processors, with Intel Iris Graphics 540, Intel Iris Graphics 550, Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580, and Intel HD Graphics 510, 515, 520, 530.
- Intel Xeon processor E3-1500M v5 family with Intel® HD Graphics P530
- Pentium/ Celeron Processors with Intel HD Graphics 500, 505 and Intel UHD Graphics 600, 605
- Pentium/Celeron Intel UHD 600, 605

More information about Intel's new 100.6229 graphics driver is available here. This driver is available to download from Intel's official download center website here.
  

Intel's latest iGPU driver prepares the way for World of Warcraft: Battle of Azeroth and The Walking Dead  

With every new driver release, Intel hopes to modernise their driver ecosystem, preparing the way for the eventual release of their upcoming dedicated graphics hardware. When the time comes for Intel to release dedicated graphics products, let's hope that the company has the drivers to back it up.

This driver release comes less than a month after the launch of their 24.20.100.6194 driver, with this action acting as a potential start of a monthly launch schedule for Intel's graphics solutions, a vital move for Intel if they want to enter into the gaming market. 

You can join the discussion on Intel's latest graphics driver update on the OC3D Forums.

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