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Intel Starts Driver Support For Alder Lake-N Processors

After presenting new 13th-generation Core CPUs, Intel also submitted the appropriate WHQL driver updates. The updates are also interesting for older generations because a number of errors are fixed.

The new WHQL driver updates are available now. The best way to stay up to date is with the Intel driver and support assistant.

Intel is now starting support for newly introduced Alder Lake-N CPUs as well as for Raptor Lake-S desktop CPUs. The build number of the new driver update is 31.0.101.4032. We have translated the release notes for you and added them to the end of the post. You can find more information directly on the Intel support page .

Unlike the other Alder Lake and Raptor Lake variants, the new Alder Lake-N is made entirely of E-Cores and is not a hybrid design.

The update fixes some bugs but still has known issues. An annoying bug affects certain notebook systems with Intel Iris X e + Iris X e MAX. The driver cannot be installed on some devices. There is an error message stating that the update cannot be completed successfully.

Highlights:

Launch Driver for 13th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processors with Intel UHD Graphics 730 (codename Raptor Lake-S) and Intel Processor and Intel Core i3 processors N-Series with Intel® UHD Graphics (codename Alder Lake-N).

Fixed issues:

Intel Arc graphics products:

  • In Payday 2 (DX9), flickering displays may occur on certain water surfaces.
  • God of War (DX11) may have slower than expected performance when first launched from the game’s main menu.

Intel Core Processor Products:

  • Battlefield 2042 (DX12) may cause color errors during gameplay.
  • Watch Dogs: Legion (DX12) may cause application crashes during gameplay.
  • Hitman 3 (DX12) may crash the application during the benchmark.
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (DX12) may experience visual glitches when changing graphics settings.

Known problems:

Intel Arc graphics products:

  • Fortnite (DX12) may experience an application crash on High and Epic graphics settings. Graphics settings may need to be set to Medium and Nanite to Off to avoid application crashes.
  • Diablo II: Resurrected (DX12) may cause system instability or application crash.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide (DX12) may experience a program crash during character selection.
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (DX12) may cause the application to freeze and crash while playing.
  • Conqueror’s Blade (DX11) may become corrupted in benchmark mode.
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard ( DX12 ) may experience missing or corrupted shadows during the submarine mission.
  • The system may hang when waking up from hibernation. The system may need to be powered down to recover.
  • GPU hardware acceleration may not be available for media playback and encoding on some versions of Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • There may be an error in Blender when using the Nishita Sky texture node.

Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics Products:

The driver installation may not complete successfully on certain notebook systems with Intel Iris X e + Iris X e MAX devices. You may need to restart the system and reinstall the graphics driver to complete the installation successfully.

Intel Core Processor Products:

  • Dysterra (DX12) may experience visual glitches while playing.
  • Total War: Warhammer III (DX11) may cause the application to crash while loading combat scenarios.
  • In Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 (DX12) there may be image distortions on certain buildings and floors during gameplay.
  • Conqueror’s Blade (DX12) may experience an application crash during game launch.
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (DX12) application may freeze and crash during gameplay.
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