Laptop OEMs are often subject to their sluggish GPU driver update cycle, which often causes frustration among gamers and resource-heavy consumers alike. Well, a chip-maker Intel has come to the rescue of many such frustrated gamers and consumers. If your laptop OEM isn’t issuing timely graphic driver updates, Intel will take care of the situation for the greater good.
Intel Graphics DCH drivers are now unlocked to upgrade freely
In what could be good news for gamers, Intel gaming drivers are no longer entitled to OEM approvals, making the gaming driver upgrade process a whole lot easier. Previously, Intel gaming drivers were subject to OEM approvals, delaying the process to a great extent.
Now that Intel has made the two things separate from each other, you can freely upgrade graphics drivers from Intel without having to worry about OEM restrictions, courtesy of Unlocked Driver.
In its release note, Intel writes:
“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 optimizations, feature updates and fixes.”
The announcement coincides with the release of Intel Graphics DCH driver version 18.104.22.16841, which is unlocked, according to the company:
“Well, 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.”
All you need to do is use the EXE and upgrade graphics driver on the 6th Generation Intel Processor platform or higher, without thinking too much about OEM customizations.
Unlocking the graphic driver doesn’t affect OEM customizations. Intel says Microsoft Windows update will take care of OEM customizations separately. Meanwhile, the company says Intel Driver & Support Assistant will also be unlocked starting April 28.
The Intel Graphics DCH driver version 22.214.171.12441 fixes multiple issues, as follows:
- Intermittent crashes in DOOM: Eternal, The Surge 2, Spark AR Studio on 6th Generation Intel Core processors, and higher.
- Black Desert Online exits upon loading the game on10th Generation Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Plus graphics.
- Minor graphics anomalies observed in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege on 10th Generation Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Plus graphics.
- Display Color 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 the Power DVD application.
Intel warns overwriting OEM drivers with generic drivers may lead to issues and OEM drivers are handpicked, customized, and validated to fix platform-specific issues. Furthermore, OEM drivers also enable features and enhancements, in addition to bringing system stability improvements.
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