Intel’s 0-day game driver updates are now limited to Xe-based iGPUs and graphics cards
Its latest driver update explains that it changes the drivers for the integrated GPUs in its Core processors to a kind of legacy branch. This includes processors from the Comet Lake family, which debuted in 2020, and earlier models.
For its Gen12 (Iris Xe) and Arc graphics products only, Intel will provide frequent game enhancements and driver upgrades. Support for integrated Gen9, Gen9.5 and Gen11 iGPUs and 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th generation Intel processors, “Skylake”, “Kaby Lake”, “Coffee Lake”, “Ice Lake” and “Cascade” “Lake”, will be relegated to an older quarterly driver update cycle that only includes critical updates and security vulnerabilities, but not game optimizations.
Effective July 27, 2022, Intel will move 6th through 10th Generation Intel GPUs and related Intel Atom, Pentium, and Celeron® GPUs to a legacy software support model. Intel will provide software support for affected products only on critical fixes and security vulnerabilities. Software updates for these products will transition to a quarterly release cadence or with software releases as needed.
The following product families are impacted by this transition:
Codenames: Skylake, Apollo Lake, Kaby Lake, Amber Lake, Coffee Lake, Whiskey Lake, Comet Lake, Gemini Lake, Ice Lake, Lakefield, Jasper Lake, Elkhart Lake.
10th Generation Intel® Core® Processors with Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics (codenamed Ice Lake)
10th Generation Intel® Core® Processors with Intel® UHD Graphics (codenamed Comet Lake)
9th Generation Intel® Core® processors, associated Pentium®/Celeron® processors and Intel® Xeon® processors, with Intel® UHD Graphics 630 (codenamed Coffee Lake-R)
8th Generation Intel® Core® processors, associated Pentium®/Celeron® processors and Intel® Xeon® processors, with Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 655 and Intel® UHD Graphics 610, 620, 630, P630 (codenamed Kaby Lake- R, coffee lake)
Intel Pentium® and Celeron® processor family (codenamed Gemini Lake)
7th Generation Intel® Core® processors, associated Pentium®/Celeron® processors and Intel® Xeon® processors, with Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 640, 650 and Intel® HD Graphics 610, 615, 620, 630, P630 (product name Kaby Lac code)
6th Generation Intel® Core®, Intel® Core® M and Pentium® processors with Intel Iris® Graphics 540, Intel® Iris® Graphics 550, Intel® Iris® Pro Graphics 580 and Intel® HD Graphics 510, 515, 520, 530 (code name Skylake)
Intel® Pentium® Processor Family and Intel® Celeron® Processor Family (code name Jasper Lake),
Intel® Core® Processor with Intel® Hybrid Technology (codenamed Lakefield)
Intel® Atom®, Pentium® and Celeron® processor family (codenamed Elkhart Lake)
Q: What is changing with the driver package for Intel Windows DCH* Graphics Drivers?
A: In addition to the above, the Intel graphics driver package will now include driver files for 10th Gen and older Intel processors along with driver files for 11th Gen and newer Intel processors. This means that there will be two drivers contained in the single driver package.
However, there is no change in the method used to install the driver. Continue to use the installer executable for installation. The graphics installer will automatically install the correct graphics driver for your system.
Q: Why do I see two version numbers for Intel Windows DCH* graphics drivers in the Download Center?
A: The driver package contains two separate driver files (one for 10th Gen and older Intel processors and one for 11th Gen and newer Intel processors). Therefore, two driver versions will be listed on the Download Center page in the future.
Q: How do I know which driver to install?
A: Use the single installer.exe file on the Download Center page for installation. The graphics installer will automatically choose and install the appropriate graphics driver for your system.
Q: Will fixes be provided for 10th Gen and older Intel processors?
A: Only critical fixes and security vulnerabilities will be addressed in quarterly driver releases.
Q: Will the Intel Graphics drivers for 10th Gen and older Intel processors provide Day 0 game support?
A: Day 0 game support will no longer be available on these products.
Q: How often will Intel release new graphics drivers for 10th Gen and older Intel processors?
A: Updates may be expected quarterly or as needed to address critical issues or security vulnerabilities.
Q: How often will Intel release new graphics drivers for Intel 11th Gen and newer processors?
A: Regular updates can continue to be expected on a monthly cadence as well as releases throughout the year aligned with Day 0 game support.
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