Intel will stop regularly updating integrated graphics drivers for 10th
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Intel will stop regularly updating integrated graphics drivers for 10th and older core chips

information more will not release Drivers with game optimizations for the integrated graphics of older generations of Core processors. At the same time, new drivers for these chips are released, but less often and only with critically important changes. This decision affected the Core, Atom, Celeron and Xeon models, from the Skylake family (6th generation Core) to the Comet Lake series (10th generation Core).

    Image source: Intel

Image source: Intel

For older processors, the company will continue to release graphics drivers with fixes for critical bugs and security vulnerabilities. However, updates to these chips no longer include game optimizations. The latter will continue to be released by the company for Tiger Lake and Rocket Lake (11th generation core) and newer processors with Intel Xe graphics architecture.

The Intel graphics driver software package now includes two sets of drivers for new and legacy processors. The installation process remains the same. The user does not have to choose which driver to install. The system automatically detects the processor model and installs the required software version.

The list of processors that will no longer receive game optimizations includes:

  • 10th Gen Intel Core with Intel Iris Plus (Ice Lake) graphics;
  • 10th Gen Intel Core with Intel UHD Graphics (Comet Lake);
  • 9th Gen Intel Core and related Pentium, Celeron and Xeon models with Intel UHD Graphics 630 (Coffee Lake-R);
  • 8th gen Intel Core related Pentium, Celeron and Xeon models with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 and Intel UHD Graphics 610, 620, 630, P630 (Kaby Lake-R, Coffee Lake);
  • Intel Pentium and Celeron processors of the Gemini Lake generation;
  • 7th Gen Intel Core-related Pentium, Celeron and Xeon models with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 650 and Intel HD Graphics 610, 615, 620, 630, P630 (Kaby Lake);
  • 6th Gen Intel Core, Intel Core M and related Pentium models with Intel Iris Graphics 540, Intel Iris Graphics 550, Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580 and Intel HD Graphics 510, 515, 520, 530 (Skylake);
  • Intel Pentium and Celeron Jasper Lake processors;
  • Intel Core processors with Intel Hybrid Technology (Lakefield);
  • Intel Atom, Pentium and Celeron Elkhart Lake processors.

According to the latest Steam Hardware Survey statistics, less than 2% of platform users utilize the integrated UHD graphics of Intel processors for gaming. Therefore, it is quite understandable why the company decided to stop releasing game optimizations for the integrated graphics of chips of older generations.

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