Intel’s update boosts gaming performance by 77% | ENBLE

Intel's update boosts gaming performance by 77% | ENBLE

Intel Arc GPUs: Boosted Performance and Exciting New Features

Intel Arc GPU A770 Image source: Jacob Roach / ENBLE

Intel’s recent announcements regarding its Arc Alchemist GPUs have brought a wave of excitement to the world of budget-oriented builds. Since the launch of its flagship GPU, the Arc A770, Intel has been dedicated to optimizing its performance through frequent driver updates. Now, with over 30 driver updates, Intel is proud to share the significant boost in gaming performance its GPUs have received, as well as the introduction of a brand-new open-source tool.

Enhanced Performance in DirectX 12, 11, and 9 Games

Upon the initial release of Intel’s discrete graphics cards, it became clear that the Arc GPUs excelled in DirectX 12 games but fell behind in titles that utilized DirectX 11 and DirectX 9. However, Intel now claims that the latest Arc drivers have brought major improvements in gaming performance across these older DirectX versions. To back up this claim, Intel showcased its own benchmarks, conducted with an Arc A750 GPU.

In 1080p gaming performance with DirectX 9, Intel noted performance gains ranging from 10% in Guild Wars 2 to a remarkable 77% in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. League of Legends and Skyrim also displayed significant improvements, with respective increases of 45% and 77% in frames per second (fps). These improvements are particularly good news for gamers looking to purchase an Intel Arc GPU, as these budget cards were designed to handle esports games, and now they appear to be more than capable.

While the gains in DirectX 11 games were slightly smaller, they were still substantial. On average, games saw between 5% and 33% higher fps, translating to improvements like 340 fps to 376 fps in League of Legends and 66 fps to 84 fps in GTA Online. According to Intel, its GPUs are now 19% faster on average in DX11 games, with a 20% smoother 99th-percentile fps.

Intel’s Answer to DLSS and the New GPU Busy Metric

Intel also briefly mentioned their rival technology to Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) called XeSS. XeSS is currently supported by over 70 games and, though it may not be as impressive as Nvidia’s DLSS 3, it still offers its own advantages and is slowly gaining wider support.

Furthermore, Intel is introducing the GPU Busy metric to its graphics cards. This metric provides insight into how much your GPU is being utilized during each frame, allowing for better optimization and balancing between CPU and GPU workloads in games.

Intel Arc GPU A750 Image source: Jacob Roach / ENBLE

PresentMon: A Handy Performance Monitoring Tool

Lastly, Intel is unveiling PresentMon, a new performance overlay tool that includes capture and telemetry options, reminiscent of Nvidia’s Shadowplay. PresentMon offers real-time tracking of average fps, GPU Busy, frequency, voltage, temperature, and memory usage while gaming. It even provides the option to capture game footage.

Notably, PresentMon supports multiple GPU vendors, provides integrated GPU telemetry and capture, and is open source with broad API support. Power users can also utilize command line options for more advanced customization.

Intel Arc GPUs: Consistently Improving and Affordable

In conclusion, Intel’s latest update brings impressive improvements to its Arc GPUs. While they may not directly compete with the latest options from AMD and Nvidia, Intel has been consistently enhancing the performance of its current GPU lineup. The affordability of Arc GPUs further adds to their appeal. With these new performance gains, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Arc GPUs becoming more prevalent in PC builds.

So, whether you’re a budget-oriented gamer or an enthusiast looking for an alternative, Intel Arc GPUs are definitely worth considering. With boosted gaming performance, features like XeSS, the GPU Busy metric, and the handy PresentMon tool, Intel is proving that their graphics cards are a force to be reckoned with.