Intel Arc GPUs get a badly needed gaming boost with a simple driver fix

A single line of code – that’s all it took for a massive increase in ray tracing performance on Intel’s Arc Alchemist GPUs, thanks to Intel graphics driver engineer Lionel Landwerlin. With Intel’s new graphics cards floundering somewhat with performance woes and driver teething issues, it’s a welcome sight.

Landwerlin describes the change as “like a 100x (not joking) improvement” in the text description of his merge request for the new line of code. That sounds like hyperbole, but a quick dig through the request’s details makes it immediately clear that it’s not.

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