Intel has changed how it updates graphics drivers for current and older processors. The chipmaker has decided to switch the support for its 6th through 10th Generation CPUs to a legacy model.
For CPUs from the Skylake through Comet Lake architectures, Intel will only deliver important fixes and address security issues under the new approach. That implies that game support updates will no longer be made available to the aforementioned CPUs. The move affects all SKUs in the range, including the Core, Atom, Celeron, and Xeon CPUs. Instead, Intel will provide software updates every quarter or whenever it needs to fix important problems or security flaws.
Processors to be affected:
- 10th Generation Intel® Core® processors with Intel® Iris® Plus graphics (Codename Ice Lake)
- 10th Generation Intel® Core® processors with Intel® UHD Graphics (Codename Comet Lake)
- 9th Generation Intel® Core® processors, related Pentium®/Celeron® processors, and Intel® Xeon® processors, with Intel® UHD Graphics 630 (Codename Coffee Lake-R)
- 8th Generation Intel® Core® processors, related Pentium®/ Celeron® processors, and Intel® Xeon® processors, with Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 655 and Intel® UHD Graphics 610, 620, 630, P630 (Codename Kaby Lake-R, Coffee Lake)
- Intel Pentium® and Celeron® processor family (Codename Gemini Lake)
- 7th Generation Intel® Core® processors, related Pentium®/Celeron® processors, and Intel® Xeon® processors, with Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 640, 650, and Intel® HD Graphics 610, 615, 620, 630, P630 (Codename Kaby Lake)
- 6th Generation Intel® Core®, Intel® Core® M, and related Pentium® processors with Intel Iris® Graphics 540, Intel® Iris® Graphics 550, Intel® Iris® Pro Graphics 580, and Intel® HD Graphics 510, 515, 520, 530 (Codename Skylake)
- Intel® Pentium® Processor family and Intel® Celeron® Processor family (Codename Jasper Lake),
- Intel® Core® Processor with Intel® Hybrid Technology (Codename Lakefield)
- Intel® Atom®, Pentium®, and Celeron® processor family (Codename Elkhart Lake)
Two drivers will now be included in the same bundle as the Intel Graphics Driver. It will include driver files for Intel processors from the 10th Generation and before as well as files for chips from the 11th Generation and after. The program must be downloaded and launched to complete installation. You won’t have to worry about choosing which driver to install because the program will choose the best one for your system automatically.
Most users shouldn’t be impacted by Intel’s new graphics driver model because the chipmaker will still provide security updates. Just that new games won’t be playable on older iGPUs.