Graphics Cards: Intel Arc GPUs have a big problem…

News hardware Graphics Cards: Intel Arc GPUs have a big problem…

If you follow the news about graphics cards, you are aware that Nvidia is quietly preparing its RTX 4000s for the end of 2022 (fingers crossed), and AMD RX 7000s for the end of October. But in the shadows hides the powerful Intel, the famous manufacturer of processors, which is launched in the wide public GPU. But of course these graphics cards show some weakness.

DirectX 9 will not be supported by Intel Arc…

While the giant Intel was quietly preparing the promotion of their Intel Arc graphics card, a problem crept into their communication.

In fact, after the presentation last week of a huge benchmark that tested more than fifty games against an Nvidia RTX 3060, Intel failed to tell us one thing: DirectX 9 will not be natively supported by Intel Arc…

With the DirectX 12 version supporting most current games, one would be justified in wondering why the lack of support for DirectX 9 would be a problem.

DirectX is an API, an application library that supports multimedia on our computers. You know, it’s the software that updates when you download a game from Steam or whatever. DirectX 12 is the latest version of the API, which in particular allows Ray-Tracing, Variable Shading, Sampler Shading or Mesh Shaders. All these barbaric terms relate to the features of the new Nvidia and AMD graphics cards to make our games run in optimal conditions.

But in this case, is it possible to play old games with an Intel Arc? These do not support the latest versions of DirectX, Intel has found a solution.

It is in an FAQ available on Intel’s website that we learn this news: Intel Arcs use the integrated GPUs from the 12th generation of Intel processors. DirectX 9 will therefore not be natively compatible with these chips, but in a detour.

Applications under DX9 will run via the Microsoft D3D9On12 interface, which allows emulation of DX9 content with the DX12 API.

Intel reminds that this interface is specific to Windows, and that therefore it is Microsoft that undertakes to make the connection between the Intel Arc GPUs and the games under DX9.

Play old games, but at what cost

Intel recently showered us with graphics of all kinds to show us that their Intel Arc A750 graphics card is just as, if not more, powerful than the GeForce RTX 3060.

With a performance that exceeds the RTX 3060’s by a few percentage points, Intel wants to show us that they can produce quality GPUs. With Assassin’s Creed Valhalla at 60 in 1440p (Ultra preset) or even Fortnite at 100 fps, it’s still good to remember that this is an internal test in the box that serves as a means of promoting the Intel Bow.

We’ll have to wait for corporate or third-party benchmarks to really see the raw power of these chips on the latest games.

On the other hand, if we turn to the games that still borrow the DX11 or DX9 library, the performance is quite poor… Where the majority of current graphics cards can easily exceed 400 fps on a game like Counter Strike: Global Offensive (DX11), the Intel Arc 370M shows a timid 135 fps (1080p, high preset).

Graphics Cards: Intel Arc GPUs have a big problem…

Although we expected better results and a reworked optimization for games under DX9 and 11, the news hurts, DX9 will not be supported natively and will therefore always be subject to Microsoft’s interface, which is not really necessarily bothering to optimize its drivers to emulate DX9…

Intel scores a point with the latest games, but loses another for players of older games.

Source: Intel

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