Intel is slowly building its own line of dedicated graphics cards, under the “Arc” brand. The company recently pushed a driver update focused on DirectX 9 performance, giving older games and apps a big boost.
DirectX 9 is an older graphics API in Windows, which has been superseded by technologies like DirectX 12 and Vulkan. However, there are still many games and applications that use DirectX 9, such as Counter Strike: Global Offense Y team strength 2. Intel didn’t build full hardware support for DirectX 9 into its new graphics cards, so it’s up to Intel’s software drivers to translate the old API calls into modern code.
Intel has now updated its graphics drivers to improve DirectX 9 performance, with the company promising “up to 1.8 times faster” average FPS. The company said in a blog post: “While the average frame rate increases are incredible, the improvement in overall experience and fluidity is even better. If you look at the 99th percentile FPS, you’ll see that our relative improvement is more than double in CS:GO, and I can tell you from first-hand gaming experience that players will notice the difference right away.”
Interestingly, Intel’s drivers contain code for DXVK, the Direct3D to Vulkan translation layer created primarily for Valve’s Proton compatibility layer. It seems that Intel is using DXVK to translate some DirectX 9 API calls into Vulkan code, which is fully compatible with Arc graphics cards.
Intel also said on its blog, “we won’t stop here; We still have more work to do! More enhancements for games based on legacy APIs and general driver enhancements are on the way and future drivers will continue our march toward a higher performing and refined product.”
Source: Intel ARC