Intel Rocket Lake-S still has no graphics driver -- launch planned in a couple of weeks

Posted on Friday, April 02 2021 @ 13:34 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Intel stepped up its game in terms of integrated graphics driver quality over the past couple of years, but with the launch of the Rocket Lake-S processor, a critical mistake was made. Rocket Lake-S hit the market three days ago and VideoCardz reports the chip giant still has no graphics driver for the 11th Gen Core series.

Rocket Lake-S is the first Intel desktop processor to feature Xe-based graphics. With the Xe architecture, Intel aims to compete against AMD and NVIDIA in the discrete video card market. As such, it's kinda comical to see there's still no compatible graphics driver on Intel's website.

Intel: Driver still a couple of weeks away

The site checked several motherboard makers' websites and could not find a new driver either. In fact, it seems like this driver is not a priority for Intel. On Twitter, Intel Graphics Software Engineering Director Lisa Pearce admitted the driver will not be ready until a "few weeks from now."

For reviews of Rocket Lake-S, members of the press got access to an embargoed driver that's not intended for public release. The Rocket Lake-S integrated graphics seem to perform well, especially in synthetic benchmarks. In real-world situations, the performance uplift is smaller.

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