Intel has released a new graphics driver update, version 22.214.171.12455, which supports Windows 11 dynamic refresh rate on products like Surface Pro 8. In addition to Windows 11 enhancements, Intel DCH 126.96.36.19955 also comes with a variety of changes and features to improve gaming and productivity on Windows 10.
Intel driver version 188.8.131.5255 fixes graphics anomalies in games, such as Cyberpunk 2077, Hitman 2, and Wolfenstein. Additionally, Intel is improving support for H264 and HEVC DX12 video encoding on Windows 11 machines using the chipmaker’s Iris Plus graphics processor and above.
According to the official changelog, Intel has fixed the graphics anomalies seen in Cyberpunk 2077 with DX12, Hitman 2 with DX12 and Wolfenstein. You can also expect improvements when playing games like Ark Survival Evolved and a black screen in Rage 2 (Vulkan).
In our testing, we observed that the update also includes support for the new Windows 11 dynamic refresh feature.
As you probably know, more and more devices now have high refresh rate and users can switch between refresh rate from Settings app. If users want a smoother gaming or inking experience, they can upgrade to 120Hz or higher.
However, a higher refresh rate means reduced battery life. With Windows 11’s Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR), you’ll be able to get the most out of your display, while minimizing battery usage.
By using the dynamic refresh rate system, Microsoft can offer better refresh rates according to your needs, which means that the operating system can now seamlessly switch between a lower refresh rate and a higher refresh rate. . This algorithm is based on the usage of your device and it can effectively balance power and power consumption.
For example, if your device has 60Hz or 120Hz mode, Windows 11 will allow the device to update to 60Hz for regular tasks, such as web browsing and writing a document in MS Word. or preparing a presentation in PowerPoint.
If you start playing games or doing tasks like inking or heavy scrolling, Windows 11 will automatically switch the device to 120Hz for a more responsive experience.
To use DRR, you must meet the following conditions:
- Windows 11 version 21H2.
- A display that supports Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and a refresh rate of at least 120Hz.
- Intel Iris Graphics.
- WDDM 3.0 driver.
To quickly check support for variable refresh rate, go to Settings> Display> Graphics settings. On the “Graphics Settings” screen, look for the Variable Refresh Rate option. If the option is missing, you will not be able to use the dynamic refresh rate feature of Windows 11.
How to get the update
These enhancements will be rolled out to users through Windows Update in the coming weeks or months, depending on the OEM. If you can’t wait, you can use Intel’s Driver & Support Assistant tool to bypass OEM restrictions and install the new version of the GPU driver.
To install the update manually, follow these steps:
- Download the Intel Driver and Support Assistant (iDSA) tool from here.
- Open the Update Assistant tool (located in the system tray).
- Check for updates.
- Once detected, download and install updates.