Intel 15.65 IGP drivers arrive with a game autoconfiguration feature

As Jeff recently showed, while it may not be the best experience around, you can play a lot of games on contemporary Intel IGPs. However, like any other graphics processor, Intel's GPUs require a pretty complex driver that needs regular updates to run new games properly. The latest such update is upon us. Intel just released the Windows graphics driver version 15.65 for Gen9 and Gen9.5 graphics. Those are the units found in Skylake and newer CPUs.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age HD

The highlights of this release are specific support for Age of Empires: Definitive Edition and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age HD. Both games are remasters of much older titles that should run quite well on most of Intel's GPUs. Faster Intel graphics processors—that is, Intel HD Graphics 620 and above—also see optimizations for Fortnite, They Are Billions, Lost Sphear, OK KO: Let's Play Heroes, Subnautica, Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. Finally, users blessed with Iris Pro graphics can enjoy support for Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, and Metal Gear: Survive.

There's a new feature in the 15.65 drivers, too. Much like Nvidia's GeForce Experience, Intel's driver can now automatically configure game settings for a selection of titles. Intel doesn't list the games supported by the feature but does note that this functionality is still in beta. Intel wants feedback if you try the auto-configurator, which you can provide here.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

The list of fixed issues in this driver includes intermittent crashes in The Evil Within 2, War Thunder, and DaVinci Resolve. Graphics anomalies in Just Cause 3 should be gone, and Forza Motorsport 7 should show shorter load times. The 4K monitors that were suffering black screen issues after changing resolutions or refresh rates should stop doing so with the 15.65 driver. Also, screen flickering when using Windows Mixed Reality should be resolved.

As with any driver release, a few problems linger. Intel says users may experience graphics anomalies in Titanfall 2, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and The Forest as well as "other games." Tom Clancy's The Division may crash or hang in DirectX 12 mode. Systems with discrete graphics cards may suffer intermittent stuttering when also using their Intel graphics for 3D.

If you're using an Intel GPU, you probably should go ahead and grab the update. You can snag it from Intel's download site. If you'd like to read the release notes yourself, you can instead click here for the PDF.

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    • kuttan
    • 2 years ago

    Its pretty easy for Intel to auto configure settings in games. Its simply all settings set to low at 720P done.

    • wingless
    • 2 years ago

    I can’t wait until AMD Vega becomes their iGPU…

      • Airmantharp
      • 2 years ago

      That’s not happening- Kaby G will still have the Intel GPU in addition to the external Vega part.

    • AnotherReader
    • 2 years ago

    I wonder what settings are used for SubNautica. My 290X is pushed hard by this game; judging from GPU-Z power estimates, it is pushed nearly as hard as a power virus would. Undervolting brings power consumption and temperatures under control, but it is surprisingly strenuous for a game.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 2 years ago

      You actually can [url=https://gameplay.intel.com/<]check that yourself[/url<], although it appears that Subnautica isn't actually on the site yet. I'm sure the settings it recommends are quite low, as Intel [U]HD Graphics 620 isn't exactly powerful.

    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    Don’t most games auto configure their settings to your GPU when you first install them already?

      • RAGEPRO
      • 2 years ago

      Nah. Really only your big AAA games do that. And even then it’s usually a really broad guideline based on something relatively arbitrary like vendor and video RAM amount.

        • Ninjitsu
        • 2 years ago

        I know Arma 3, Wargame series, and Divinity: OS2 do it…probably more. Not that uncommon since the past few years.

    • TwistedKestrel
    • 2 years ago

    How about taking those resources and put them towards extending support for iGPUs Intel would otherwise EOL after a week and a half

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]Intel 15.65 IGP drivers arrive with a game autoconfiguration feature[/quote<] Cool! Intel developed a driver that can automatically scan eBay for the best deals on discrete GPUs so that you can play games. THANKS INTEL!

      • Wirko
      • 2 years ago

      Will find some “Radeon” cards from an unidentified manufacturer.

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