Intel has been quite vocal with its latest v126.96.36.19925 Graphics driver update which, according to the release notes, brings support for Windows 10 April 2018 update. The driver support for DirectX 12/Shader Model 6.2, and official Vulkan 1.1 support, as well as provides "significant quality and power saving improvements" for Enhanced Dynamic Range (EDR) content and better brightness in High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode on 7th generation Core CPUs or better.
It is also a launch driver for Hearthstone: The Witchwood game as well as fixing some bugs in Warhammer: Vermintide 2, NieR: Automata, Atomega, Final Fantasy XV, and Split/Second, PowerDVD, as well as some other minor issues.
Intel was quite keen to point to a new numbering scheme for its graphics drivers, which is now simpler and easier to track.
According to Intel, the 100.6025 Graphics driver update supports Intel's 6th generation Core Skylake, 7th generation Core Kaby Lake, 8th generation Core Kaby Lake R and Coffee Lake, Apollo Lake, and Gemini Lake platforms and CPUs, which include UHD Graphics, HD Graphics, Iris Plus Graphics, and Iris Pro Graphics IGPs.
You can download the Intel v188.8.131.5225 Graphics driver for Windows 10 64-bit OS over at Intel's support page.
The new focus on Graphics driver development
While the graphics driver update is not that strange, the focus that Intel is now putting on it is much more than interesting. It both shows Intel's commitment to providing timely graphics driver updates, which is always good to see. Intel's latest recruitments, which include ex-AMD chaps, Raja Koduri and Chris Hook, were both quite keen to start a bit of marketing and headed for Twitter to give some focus on its latest graphics driver.
Raja Koduri and Chris Hook were also throwing some focus on Lisa Pearce, Vice President at Intel and current Graphics Software Engineering Director, leading Intel's software team with current and future graphics driver updates.
We already wrote that Raja Koduri is working on a desktop CPU but it will take some time before we see it in action and, of course, it will take a good software team to get that same GPU going. While Raja Koduri and Jim Keller will certainly be the ones behind it, Hook's marketing machinery will be there to back it up and we have a feeling that this is just the start.