Intel has published new Universal Windows Driver (UWD) graphics
drivers for Windows 10 – also known as Declarative
Componentized Hardware drivers – with some nifty improvements.
Intel graphics driver version 18.104.22.16879 is gradually
rolling out to all Windows 10 users and it comes with
improvements for select games. Like the previous versions, this
driver is also labelled as a universal driver, which simply
means that it will work on Windows 10 devices with version 1709
According to the changelog, Intel GPU driver 22.214.171.12479
update fixes an issue where users might notice graphic
anomalies in the game when switching from maximized windowed
Intel has also fixed crashes and graphic anomalies reported in
games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Arma, Tom Clancy’s
The Division 2, Fortnite (Battle Royale Mode), and Angry Birds
As we mentioned at the outset, software compatibility remains
unchanged, which means PCs running version 1709 or newer should
be able to apply the patch. As far as hardware compatibility
goes, Intel is supporting all processors from the 6th
You should be able to update the driver using Intel’s
Driver & Support Assistant tool in the coming days.
A key feature ‘HAGS’ is still missing in Intel GPU driver
Unfortunately, Intel has again failed to deliver support for
the highly anticipated feature called
hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling.
In May, AMD and Nvidia released new drivers adding support for
hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling, which was introduced with
Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004). This feature
basically allows your GPU (both integrated and discrete) to get
the memory management control from the CPU.
It’s widely believed that proper memory management implemented
with HAGS could cut down CPU usage in some configurations and
contribute to a small performance boost.
In a support document, Intel confirmed
that it’s looking to include support for this feature in future
driver releases, but it has failed to deliver on that promise,
at least in 2020.