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There are both good and bad news regarding the new Intel Arc A770 GPU driver

Intel has updated the graphics driver for its Arc A770 and A750 GPUs. This update includes bug fixes and, more crucially, a number of performance increases for some games, albeit some of these gains are quite minor in terms of frame rate.

Even though it’s still in beta, driver version 31.0.101.3802 (opens in new tab) improves the flagship A770 by up to 8 percent in performance. This enhancement is available in Dirt 5’s “ultra-high” settings at 1440p resolution.

Ghostwire Tokyo, however, offers a further sizable improvement, with speeds up to 7% quicker at 1440p (again, with “cinematic” settings). And at 1080p resolution and the maximum quality settings, Gotham Nights can be up to 5% faster.

Several additional games also receive frame rate increases, albeit they are all somewhat less significant (about 3%). Games like Chorus (at 1440p, ‘epic’), Far Cry 6 (at 1080p and 1440p ‘ultra,’ respectively), Forza Horizon 5 (at 1080p ‘extreme,’ 1440p ‘high,’) Guardians of the Galaxy (at 1080p ‘ultra,’ 1440p ‘high,’ and Sniper Elite 5 (at 1080p ‘ultra’) all meet these requirements.

The updated driver also adds compatibility with four additional games: Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0, Dysterra, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Sonic Frontiers.

Overwatch 2 now runs smoothly on A770 and A750 graphics cards, and both Battlefield 2042 (when joining a match) and Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered no longer crash the system. These are just a few of the many bugs that Intel has fixed (a ray-traced reflection bug that could trigger a hard crash).

Progressing in the proper course

In spite of the many improvements made here, which are certainly appreciated, keep in mind that this is still a beta version, and the graphics driver may come with its own share of bugs.

In any case, it’s encouraging to see that Intel is actively working to advance bug fixes and performance improvements. Even while the benefits of up to about 7% to 8% above are certainly worth having, the caveat is that they are “up to”; in the case of the lower percentages, you may not practically see much (if any) change.

Still, we won’t be too upset about this, because if Intel is consistently increasing frame rates in a variety of titles with each driver update, then Arc graphics cards will soon be able to provide the more fluid and reliable performance we’ve been hoping for.

After that becomes more evident, Intel may be able to consider establishing itself as a serious value proposition in comparison to what AMD and Nvidia are doing right now (which consists primarily of ushering out expensive high-end graphics cards for the next-gen, at least from what we’ve seen so far).