New Intel Sandy Bridge GPU Driver Ups Performance up to 37%

Written by John Ponio    Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:26

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A recently-released graphics driver for Intel's second-generation Sandy Bridge processors brings some surprisingly good performance increases, especially for a driver update. Intel ran some tests and found performance increases as follows:

  • Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty – Devil’s Playground: 37%
  • Resident Evil 5 Benchmark: 10%
  • Dawn of War: Chaos Rising: 29%
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2: 28%
  • DIRT 2: 12%
  • Supreme Commander 2: 16%

Sadly, these performance increases won't be seen this extreme on every processor. These were all taken from ULV processors (ultra-low-voltage), and Intel has said that's where the most performance increase will be seen. The driver update, however, applies to all Sandy Bridge processors with Intel HD graphics. The press release and both 32 bit and 64 bit driver download links can be viewed here.