Intel releases GPU driver update for Windows 11 with new feature

Windows 11 refresh rate update

Intel has released a new graphics driver update, namely version
30.0.100.9955, which
provides support for Windows 11‘s dynamic refresh rate on
products like Surface Pro 8. In addition to Windows 11
improvements, Intel DCH 30.0.100.9955 also comes with a variety
of changes and functionality to enhance gaming and productivity
on Windows 10.

Intel’s driver version 30.0.100.9955 corrects graphic anomalies
in games, such as Cyberpunk 2077, Hitman 2, and Wolfenstein.
Additionally, Intel is enhancing support for H264 and HEVC DX12
video encode on Windows 11 machines using the chipmaker’s Iris
Plus GPU and higher.

According to the official changelog, Intel has fixed graphic
anomalies observed in Cyberpunk 2077 with DX12, Hitman 2 with
DX12, and Wolfenstein. You can also expect improvements when
playing games like Ark Survival Evolved and black screen in
Rage 2 (Vulkan).

In our tests, we observed that the update also includes support
for Windows 11’s new dynamic refresh feature.

Intel driver update

As you’re probably aware, more and more devices now have a high
refresh rate and users can switch between the refresh rate from
the Settings app. If users want smoother gaming or inking
experience, they can switch to 120Hz or higher.

However, a higher refresh rate means reduced battery life. With
Windows 11’s Dynamic refresh rate (DRR), you’ll be able to
get the most out of your display, while minimizing battery
usage.

Using the Dynamic refresh rate system, Microsoft can serve up
better refresh rates as you need them, which means the
operating system can now seamlessly switch between a lower
refresh rate and a higher refresh rate. This algorithm is based
on your device usage and it can effectively balance power and
power consumption.

For example, if your device comes with 60Hz or 120Hz mode,
Windows 11 will allow the device to refresh at 60Hz for regular
tasks, such as web browsing and writing a document in MS Word
or preparing a presentation in PowerPoint.

If you start playing games or perform tasks such as inking or
heavy scrolling, Windows 11 will automatically switch the
device to 120Hz for a more responsive experience.

To use DRR, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:

  • Windows 11 version 21H2.
  • A display that supports a variable refresh rate (VRR) and a
    refresh rate of at least 120Hz.
  • Intel Iris Graphics.
  • WDDM 3.0 driver.

To quickly check variable refresh rate support, head to
Settings > Display > Graphics settings. On the “Graphics
settings” screen, look for the Variable refresh rate toggle. If
the option is missing, you won’t be able to use Windows 11’s
dynamic refresh rate feature.

How to get the update

These improvements will be rolled out to users via Windows
Update in the coming weeks or months, depending on the OEM. If
you can’t wait, you can use Intel’s Driver & Support Assistant
tool to bypass OEM restrictions and install the new version of
the GPU driver.

To install the update manually, follow these steps:

  • Download Intel Driver and Support Assistant (iDSA) tool
    from here.
  • Open the Update Assistant tool (located in the system
    tray).
  • Check for updates.
  • When detected, download and install the updates.

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