New Intel HD Graphics Driver Improves Game Performance

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2013 - 03:13 PM |
Tagged: Ivy Bridge, intel hd, Intel, hd 4000, hd 2500

Intel recently released an updated graphics driver for Ivy Bridge processors sporting either HD 4000 or HD 2500 GPUs. The new 15.31.3.3071 (or 15.31.3.64.3071 for those running a 64-bit OS) driver features several under-the-hood optimizations to reduce CPU overhead and improve the driver architecture itself.

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The driver architecture improvements have also led to improved game performance. Intel claims up to 10% better performance in StarCraft II, Batman: Arkham City, and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (among others).

The chip giant also notes that the new driver supports OpenCL 1.2 for GPGPU calculations. The graphics driver update is only for Ivy Bridge hardware, and is compatible with Ivy Bridge hardware and both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8. If you are running Intel's Driver Update Utility, you should get the new driver automatically.

Otherwise, you can grab the new driver from the following link, depending on your OS.

Unfortunately, these drivers are generic Intel HD graphics drivers. If your OEM computer is running Windows with an OEM-customized version of Intel's drivers, you are out of luck. You will need to wait for your OEM to update its driver package in order to take advantage of the performance improvements.

 

Source: Intel
April 8, 2013 | 05:19 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I installed the update and see benefits. Thanks for the post!

April 8, 2013 | 07:52 PM - Posted by PapaDragon

I installed a few days ago, and it crashes all the time with BF3 and doesn't improve anything. Reverted back to the previous version and everything is fine.

April 9, 2013 | 02:50 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Darn, sorry to hear that. BF3 is pretty high-end for Intel processor graphics though :(

April 9, 2013 | 06:30 PM - Posted by PapaDragon

Yeah Tim..but Its actually decent at 720p, its like N64 cardboard graphic quality, it gets me by until I save enough to invest in a GPU that will last me a while.

April 10, 2013 | 06:58 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Ah, well as long as you can get playable frame rates go for it :). Was it working without the crashes with the previous driver?

April 10, 2013 | 07:25 PM - Posted by PapaDragon

Yeah Tim, never crashed on me once..in fact just started playing BF3 last month for the first time and its with the HD 4000...CANT RECOMMENDED IT THOUGH, at times its hard to distinguish an enemy with such low details even at high settings and I get frame rates in high 20ish, and sometimes it dips lower, But im making the most of it until I upgrade soon. Here are my stats.. http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/soldier/PapiDrag0n/stats/696987719/

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