Intel Arc GPUs get performance boost for DirectX 9 games via latest driver update

Intel Arc A7 GPUs have been on the market for less than two months. To handle previous DX9 games, the design initially relied on graphics API translation layers. This API is still used by major esports games, such as CS:GO, which is part of the Intel Extreme Master event. This influenced Intel to prioritize DX9 improvements over current graphics APIs.

It is worth noting that Intel still needs to remove the DX12/DX9 translation layers. The DirectX 9 API will be used natively in certain games, while others will stick to previous approaches. This allows Intel to focus on improving drivers for specific games and still deliver the best performance for each title.

The DX9 upgrade includes the latest Arc GPU 3953 driver and newer. This DirectX9 improvement comes not only for desktop Alchemist GPUs, but also for mobile graphics. Intel claims a performance gain of 1.03 to 1.79x for DX9 games, with CS:GO benefiting the most at 1080p and 1440p resolutions.

A key feature of the latest Intel DX9 version is the optimization to the slowest one percent of frames. Intel claims it has improved up to 2.3x. This implies that the frame rate is now more consistent and the gameplay should be better.

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