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INTEL’s first public driver released, unlocks the OEM restriction, provides support for Gears Tactics & other games

Written by Metal Messiah

INTEL has just recently released its public DCH drivers for OEM systems, which also provides optimization for Gears Tactics and XCOM: Chimera Squad, and few other games.

These are unlocked drivers, which basically means user 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.

Users were greeted by the following error, if they tried to install the generic INTEL drivers on their systems before this new update, “The driver being installed is not validated for this computer. Setup will exit.” But now with the latest driver version, users won’t be facing any such issues.

These Intel drivers are marked as “unlocked,” meaning that you can now install it even on laptops and pre-built systems/desktops which haven’t been validated on.

As spotted by, this latest driver comes as an “Unlocked Driver”, allowing installation on any system with a 6th-generation CPU or higher. This driver packs optimization for the latest games, and does not remove any OEM-specific features (e.g. switching between iGPU and dGPU, power-management mode etc).  Some OEMs usually tend to abandon issuing graphics driver updates specific for their laptop model/SKU, beyond a certain support date.

In some other news, Intel & Microsoft have collaborated to optimize Coalition’s latest game, Gears Tactics, for the PC, and they are also offering support for the upcoming XE GPUs as well. This DCH driver also comes with stability fixes for DOOM: Eternal, The Surge 2, Black Desert Online, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, so this makes this driver release very important for gamers who need to be updated to the latest version, since they are looking for more performance from latest games.

These drivers will still preserve original OEM settings, like custom power plans, giving end users the best of both worlds.

Highlights: Gears Tactics* and XCOM: Chimera Squad* verified playable on Intel® Iris® Plus graphics or better.

Unlocked drivers: We heard how much our users want the freedom to upgrade their systems to our regularly released generic graphics drivers and enable our latest game enhancements, feature updates, and fixes. As of this release, Intel Graphics DCH drivers are now unlocked to upgrade freely between Computer Manufacturer (OEM) drivers and the Intel generic graphics drivers on Download Center. Simply use the exe and enjoy the update on your 6th Generation Intel Processor platform or higher, and don’t worry about your OEM customizations–they remain intact with each upgrade and the OEMs can maintain customizations separately via Microsoft* Windows Update. Intel Drivers and Support Assistant drivers will also be unlocked starting April 28th, 2020. 

Developer Highlights

OneAPI Level Zero Runtime*i pre-production release is now included. Please refer to the specification below.

This is a DCH driver.

Fixed Issues

  • Intermittent crashes may be seen in DOOM: Eternal* (Vulkan), The Surge 2* (Vulkan), Spark AR Studio* on 6th Generation Intel Core processors and higher.
  • Black Desert Online* may exit upon loading the game on10th Generation Intel Core processors with Intel Iris® Plus graphics.
  • Minor graphics anomalies may be observed in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege* (Vulkan) on 10th Generation Intel Core processors with Intel Iris® Plus graphics.
  • Display Color may be observed when changing Saturation in Intel Graphics Command Center on 10th Generation Intel Core processors with Intel Iris® Plus graphics.
  • Corruption observed followed by TDR while trying to maximize and minimize the content in Power DVD application.

Known Issues

  • Intermittent crashes may be seen in Red Dead Redemption 2* (Vulkan),*, One Piece Pirate Warriors 4*, Star Control: Origins, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint (Vulkan), Metro Exodus (DX12) and while launching Sony Catalyst Production Suite.
  • Minor graphics anomalies may be observed in Battlefield V* (DX12), and Zombie Army 4: Dead War* (Vulkan).


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