Intel’s new driver boost Starfield performance by up to 149%, adds Arc A580 support

Published: Oct 10th 2023, 08:01 GMT   Comments

Starfield gets a massive boost with the latest Intel Arc GPU drivers

Intel has rolled out an important driver update that brings substantial performance enhancements to one of today’s most popular games.

Initially, Intel faced some challenges with Arc GPU support for Starfield, to the extent that the game developer expressed doubts about the GPU architecture’s capability to handle the game. However, Intel has slowly addressed numerous bugs, and the latest Starfield update even highlights specific Arc GPU optimizations. Coupled with the most recent driver release, which is said to deliver performance gains exceeding 100%, this release holds great significance.

The Arc & Iris Graphics GPU driver doesn’t classify Starfield as a “Game On” title, typically reserved for fully optimized games. Instead, Intel mentions specific optimizations targeted at 1080p and 1440p gaming profiles with high-quality presets. It is reported that the game should now run 117% smoother at 1080p Ultra settings and a remarkable 149% faster at 1440p with high settings. These improvements are indeed substantial.

Game performance improvements versus Intel® software driver for:

  • Starfield (DX12)
    • Up to 117% uplift at 1080p with Ultra settings
    • Up to 149% uplift at 1440p with High settings

Arc driver release notes, Source: Intel

Moreover, this driver update now includes official support for the Arc A580 graphics card. We extensively covered this card over the past week, as all signs now point to an imminent launch. Although this GPU was initially announced over a year ago, Intel had not yet released it to the market. The timing appears to be opportune, as the GPU is now officially integrated into the driver, conclusively dispelling all rumors about the cancellation of this SKU. Typically, driver support represents one of the final steps before the release of a new card, so it’s reasonable to anticipate its arrival in the very near future.

Source: Intel GPU driver

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