Intel awkwardly forgot to release graphics drivers for Rocket Lake

Published: 2nd Apr 2021, 09:46 GMT   Comments

Update (April 3rd): Intel added Rocket Lake support to the previously released driver (9316)

Intel has not released a graphics driver for the 11th Gen Core S-Series

AdoredTV noticed that Intel did not release drivers for its Rocket Lake CPUs.

There is a good chance that some of our readers already have the new processors from Intel that were officially released last week. What you may not know is that Intel forgot to release a driver for Rocket Lake-S Xe integrated graphics. Some reviews did cover integrated graphics performance, but only because Intel supplied a special press driver under the embargo. The company has failed to publish a public graphics driver, even though the series were officially introduced 3 days ago.

According to the official website, Intel has not yet released drivers for its 11th Gen Core series. At the time of writing, the only available download is the Performance Maximizer:

Intel drivers for Core i9-11900K, Source: Intel

We also did check on motherboard manufacturers’ websites, just in case, the driver was released by them instead. After checking numerous boards support pages, including all flagship modes, we found no new driver for 11th Gen Core S-Series onboard Xe Graphics:

Intel drivers Z590 motherboards, Source: Various

Update: Lisa Pearce, Graphics Software Engineering Director confirmed on Twitter that Rocket Lake GPU driver will be released by Monday:

Intel 11th Gen Core Series aka Rocket Lake feature UHD 750 (Xe-LP) graphics with up to 32 Execution Units. The new architecture brings a noticeable performance uplift compared to the previous generation. The non-public driver performs well, especially in synthetic benchmarks, but it is not the latest driver.

Intel UHD 750 (Xe-HL) perforamnce, Source: HardwareLuxx

Source: AdoredTV

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