G965 chipset gains beta hardware T&L support

In our review of Intel's G965 Express core logic chipset, we noted that the chipset's integrated graphics processor could do hardware vertex processing—a rarity among IGPs—but that Intel had withheld support for that feature from its release drivers. Well, the company has now released a new beta driver that brings support for hardware vertex processing and hardware transform and lighting to G965 chipsets. The driver can be downloaded from this page on Intel's website, and Intel says the following games have been validated for playability with it:
  • Battlefield 2
  • Battlefield 2142
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Elder Scrolls IV: Obliviion
  • Vanguard: The Saga of Heroes
  • Rainbow Six: Vegas
  • Age of Empires 3
  • Final Fantasy XI Bench 3
  • Unreal Tournament 2004
  • Intel does, however, caution that it will offer no support to users of this driver because of its beta status. Those who'd like to use their Intel IGP to play the above games without losing Intel's support will have to wait for an official driver to bring the same functionality—something that should happen "in the coming months," according to Intel.
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