The latest video for Intel’s Arc graphics cards (opens in new tab) just dropped and it’s a bit of a doozy. In it, Intel’s Ryan Shrout and Tom Peterson tackle one of the biggest talking points about Intel’s new GPUs: DX11 and DX9 support.
As Tom Peterson emphasizes, “We expect DX12 titles and Vulkan titles to perform very well against the competition. We have also said that we will do great on some DX11 titles, but will do great on other DX11 titles. not doing great. And it will be a gradual improvement over time.”
Tom then explains why this is the case, and essentially it comes down to the fundamental difference between low-level APIs such as DX12 and Vulkan, which communicate directly with the underlying hardware, and older legacy APIs, which provide a much more high-level have an approach.
Those older APIs, like DX11 and DX9, expect the graphics card drivers to do a lot of the heavy lifting of optimizing the code paths to get the most out of the underlying silicon. The problem for Intel is that the GPUs are built differently than AMD and Nvidia, so it takes a lot of optimization to get those games up to par.
“We now need to start fine-tuning all our DX11 work to match what older titles have expected and done well with Nvidia and AMD,” Peterson continues, noting that this isn’t something you can take from one. can complete the next day. a labor of love forever.”
The bottom line here is that Intel’s new GPUs will fare much better with new titles, and should be competitive with both AMD and Nvidia. The story for those older titles though? That’s going to take a lot longer to get right.
If your game of choice has a DX12 version, and many more recent games have it, then you should be looking at reasonable frame rates. If you want to run something built around DX11, or heaven forbid DX9, you’re obligated to Intel to optimize that title, and unfortunately for you and Intel, there are many older titles to work through.
We still don’t have a date for when these new GPUs will be launched outside of China. With Intel making more and more of these videos, you should assume it’s imminent – assuming the manufacturers don’t stop producing cards (opens in new tab) before they are even launched.