The promised driver is missing, benchmark optimizations cannot be disabled yet


from Valentine Sattler
Intel actually wanted to add a new function to the Arc graphics driver by the end of April, with which unauthorized benchmark optimizations can be disabled. At least so far, however, no driver has been released containing this feature.

On March 30, Intel introduced the first two Arc Alchemist graphics cards, the Arc A350M and Arc A370M. Initially, there was also a suitable graphics driver and some explanations of the implemented optimizations and future drivers. Specifically, Intel pointed out that the first graphics driver for Arc Alchemist GPUs contains optimizations that can significantly increase performance in 3DMark benchmarks.

No official results

Optimizing the arc driver, for example, should result in a performance increase of around 15% in 3DMark Time Spy. According to 3DMark developer Underwriters Laboratories (UL), such benchmark-specific optimizations cannot be used for official results. That’s why Intel actually wanted to deliver by the end of April another driver with which the function can be deactivated.

“At the end of April, we will add a UI option that will allow users to toggle these benchmark-specific settings on and off. […] If the failover feature is implemented and benchmark optimizations are disabled by default, the driver may be UL approved.”

However, now that the first week of May has passed, such functionality is still missing. According to the Wccftech website, neither the official April 8 arc pilot nor the April 27 beta pilot implemented such a feature. As a result, testers are still unable to present official 3DMark results for Arc graphics cards.

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For Intel, it is to be hoped that the delay is only an exceptional case. For example, a look at AMD’s long driver history shows that the reputation for supposedly inferior driver software can last for years, even if the current situation looks very different. It would therefore be in Intel’s interest not to risk making such an impression with the new Xe graphics cards.

Source: WCtech

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