Intel has released the latest version of its DCH graphics driver for Windows 10 PCs, bringing the version number to 126.96.36.19936. Back in April 2020 Intel released its first public DCH driver which unlocked the OEM restriction, apart from providing support for several PC games.
These drivers are meant to be used with INTEL’s integrated graphics/iGPU, without the need of a discrete or “dedicated” graphics card. So these gaming drivers are mostly meant for “casual” gamers, or those who can’t afford a discrete Video card. Now, a new version of the driver has been released, which is 188.8.131.5236. Full release notes can be found here. There are a lot of gamers who still game on “integrated/onboard graphics” these days.
The major highlight of this release is a bugfix for the free-to-play, multiplayer online battle royale Ring of Elysium (DX12 Beta) on seventh-gen Intel Core processors and newer. Apparently the game would hang or crash, which is supposed to be fixed by this driver. The company adds that optimization work has also been done in the game to make it run better on Intel Iris Plus graphics or better.
These are basically “unlocked” drivers, so users of OEM systems can easily install these new set of drivers, without needing the approval and testing of the drivers by the Manufacturer. Users of notebooks and pre-built desktops can now download this latest driver from INTEL’s website.
In case you weren’t aware, several OEMs employ driver LOCKS on systems that prevent updates to the generic INTEL drivers. Previously, users couldn’t update to the latest version of Intel drivers, and they had to rely on the OEM to list an updated and compatible driver on its official support Page. OEMs usually lock you behind some approved drivers.
Supported Operating Systems:
- Microsoft Windows* 10-64 – Fall Creators Update (1709)
- Microsoft Windows* 10-64 – April 2018 Update (1803)
- Microsoft Windows* 10-64 – October 2018 Update (1809)
- Microsoft Windows* 10-64 – May 2019 Update (1903)
- Microsoft Windows* 10-64 – November 2019 Update (1909)
- Microsoft Windows* 10-64 – May 2020 Update (2004).
Supported processor platforms:
- 6th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) processor family (Codename Skylake)
- 7th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) processor family (Codename Kaby Lake)
- 8th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) processor family (Codename Coffee Lake)
- 9th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) processor family (Codename Coffee Lake-R)
- 10th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) processor family (Codename Ice Lake)
- Intel(R) Core(TM) Processor with Intel(R) Hybrid Technology (Codename Lakefield)
- Amber Lake
- Apollo Lake
- Gemini Lake
- Whiskey Lake
- Comet Lake.
Bug fix for Ring of Elysium* (DX12 Beta) on 7 th Generation Intel Core processors and higher.
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CONTENTS OF THE PACKAGE:
- Intel Graphics Driver
- Intel Audio Driver 10.26.0.9 (6th Gen and related Pentium Silver and Celeron processors)
- Intel Audio Driver 10.27.0.9 (7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Gen)
- Intel Audio Driver 184.108.40.206 (10th Gen with Iris Plus Graphics)
- Intel Media SDK Runtime (10.0.0.016)
- Intel Graphics Compute Runtime for OpenCL™ Driver
- Intel Graphics Command Center
- Vulkan*3 Runtime Installer
- Intel Graphics Installer (1.7.108)
- OneAPI Level Zero Loader and Validation Layer
- Intel® Graphics Compute Runtime for OneAPI Level Zero specification.
- Intermittent crashes or hangs may be seen in Ring of Elysium* (DX12 Beta), Shadow of the Tomb Raider* (DX12) on 7th Generation Intel Core processors and higher.
- Minor graphic anomalies may be seen after Alt + Tab in Doom Eternal*(Vulkan). On PSR2 displays, internal embedded panel when plugged in may shift after resuming from lid close do nothing on 10th generation Intel Core processors with UHD Graphics.
- Green stripes or artifacts may be seen while previewing composition in Adobe After Effects.
- Crash may be seen while launching Sony Catalyst Production Suite on 10th Generation Intel Core processors.
- Minor graphics anomalies may be observed in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege* (Vulkan), Battlefield V* (DX12), Rage 2* (Vulkan), Star Wars Battlefront 2* (DX12), Rise of the Tomb Raider* (DX12).
In terms of compatibility, the latest driver is compatible with most of the hardware previous versions have been compatible with. Those include everything from sixth-generation Intel Core processors up to the current tenth generation, plus Pentium/ Celeron processors with Intel HD Graphics 500, 505, and Intel UHD Graphics 600, 605, as well as Xeon E3-1500M v5 family with Intel HD Graphics P530.
In terms of software, it supports Windows 10 version 1709 onwards. You can download the latest version of Intel’s driver here, and it’s available in both .zip and .exe formats. If you opt for the more user-friendly .exe installer, the entire package will be installed automatically.