Intel gives its ARC GPUs a huge DX9 boost - Up to 80% more performance

1st percentile framerates have been boosted by up to 2.3X

Intel gives its ARC GPUs a huge DX9 boost - Up to 80% more performance

Intel's latest ARC GPU drivers offer gamers huge performance boosts in classic PC titles

Intel's latest ARC graphics drivers are giving Intel's GPUs a major performance boost in many classic PC titles, offering gamers up to a 1.8x increase in average framerate in DirectX 9 titles. 

Previously, Intel's ARC GPU drivers relied on API translation layers to support older DirectX 9 software, but now Intel has implemented a hybrid approach that allows many popular DX9 games to offer native DirectX 9 support. This change has resulted in huge performance increases for some PC titles, with CS:GO being Intel's most notable result. 

While Intel are focused on the performance of more modern graphical APIs with their ARC series graphics cards, it is undeniable that many older DirectX 9 games remain popular. Simply put, a weak spot with DirectX 9 is not good for Intel's future gaming ambitions, necessitating action to remedy this shortfall. 

Intel gives its ARC GPUs a huge DX9 boost - Up to 80% more performance

In the graph below, Intel showcases the performance improvements that are possible with the company's new DirectX 9 boosting ARC drivers with their A770 graphics card. With their new drivers, Intel's ARC A-series GPUs see a 3-79% performance improvement in popular DirectX 9 games, with League of Legends, Starcraft 2, Stellaris, and CS:GO seeing the largest performance gains. These four games all remain popular despite their age, with many being popular eSports titles. 

Intel gives its ARC GPUs a huge DX9 boost - Up to 80% more performance

One of the most impressive aspects of Intel's new DirectX 9 driver is not its average framerate increases, its its increases to 1st percentile framerates and overall framerate consistency.

With their new ARC series drivers, Intel's A-series GPUs can offer higher average framerates and more consistent framerates. With these new drivers, Intel has marketed a up to 1.8x increase in average framerate and an up to 2.3x increase in 1st percentile framerate, revealing that Intel has narrowed the gap between average and 1st percentile framerates. This means that framerate spikes in games are shallower and much less noticeable.

Intel gives its ARC GPUs a huge DX9 boost - Up to 80% more performance

With this driver release, it is clear that Intel's ARC GPU team are taking their role within the GPU market seriously. While DirectX 9 performance is not a hugely important matter for many modern gamers, it is clear that Intel intends to improve their ARC series GPUs and graphics drivers in ways that will target any weaknesses and turn them into new strengths.

Intel intends to be a serious contender within the discrete GPU market, and that is a great thing to PC gamers.

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