From PC World: Intel’s debut consumer graphics cards, the Arc A770 and Arc A750, launched as a mixed bag last summer. On one hand, Arc GPUs delivered exceptional performance in modern DirectX 12 games and ray tracing out of the box, but on the other, performance in traditional DX9 and DX11 games faltered against the competition. In the months since, however, Intel’s software engineers have been diligently patching the biggest holes, squashing bugs and rolling out drivers that turbocharged performance in DX9 games like Counter-Strike and League of Legends.
Today, Intel is announcing a big boost in DirectX 11 gaming performance on Arc graphics cards, and rolling out a new “GPU Busy” metric as well as its first enthusiast performance-measurement tool for gamers, dubbed PresentMon Beta.
In a briefing with press, Intel Fellow and graphics guru Tom Petersen proudly stated that “our engineers completely rearchitected our DX11 stack,” resulting in an average performance uplift of roughly 19 percent versus the Arc A750’s launch drivers, when the GPU is paired with an Intel Core i5 CPU.
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