Intel forgot to release graphics drivers for their 11th-gen Rocket Lake CPUs

mongeese

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What just happened? Somehow, inexplicably, Intel failed to publish drivers for Rocket Lake’s integrated graphics ahead of the processors’ launch last week. They haven’t provided an excuse yet, probably because there isn't any: by all accounts, Rocket Lake’s integrated graphics is a clone of old hardware and doesn’t need updated drivers – just certification.

Update (April 5): Intel has re-released its latest graphics drivers (27.20.100.9316) which will recognize and install normally in Rocket Lake desktop CPUs.

Intel’s graphics drivers are usually available on their downloads website, but if you search for the 11900K or its siblings, then all you get is the Performance Maximizer utility. If you download the Intel Graphics driver installer, it says it can't find a match for your hardware. That’s a bit annoying when you’re paying over $600 for a new processor.

Reviewers, including ourselves, were provided with pre-release drivers ahead of the embargo and those who tested the integrated graphics didn't find any anomalies. OEMs have also had access to drivers. As far as we’re aware, the integrated graphics inside the Rocket Lake processors, branded as the UHD 750, are functionally identical to the integrated graphics inside last year’s mobile Tiger Lake processors. Common sense says that the drivers don’t need a significant rewrite.

Lisa Pearce, Intel's Director of graphics software engineering, says that the drivers will be made available to the public by Monday.

But luckily, if you've brought a Rocket Lake processor and don't have a video card to pair with it, you don't need to wait until Monday to play CS: GO at 30 fps. Here's a workaround:

Download the .zip file for the general Intel Graphics driver and install it manually using the Windows driver installation tool: Control Panel > Device Manager > Display adapters > UHD 750 > (right-click) Properties > Driver > Update Driver > Browse my computer for driver software.

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brucek

Posts: 772   +1,066
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"The delay was in a public posting with our unified graphics driver flow and we will work it post ASAP"

LOL maybe that means something more specific in Intel internal corporate jargon, but to a regular customer, is there any meaning at all in that sentence?!?
 

VitalyT

Posts: 5,498   +5,102
Intel must have been so tired, removing cores from their CPU line-up, and prepping marketing BS for it, they fell asleep at the wheel. In fact, forgetting about the drivers is more like forgetting where you're driving, it smells with D.U.A.
 

HardReset

Posts: 1,079   +666
Good tactics from Intel. Now nobody can complain about Rocket Lake's buggy GPU drivers. Maybe AMD should follow suit when they next time release new GPU. Imagine how Nvidia trolls would react when just released AMD card drivers have no bugs at all!
 

ypsylon

Posts: 327   +235
"Even Intel doesn't give a damn about Rocket Lake..."

That should be one line review of this release. Next!

Even with change of CEO and some positive changes which will perhaps pay-off in the long term. Intel is still same old, same old. Old showbusiness trick. Good or Bad doesn't matter, all what matter they talk about us. Like Warhol said - just measure what they write in inches.

 

hwertz

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Or run Linux, the kernel & Mesa for Ubuntu have supported Rocket Lake for over 6 months.