Intel has released new video drivers for the integrated graphics processor of the second and third generation Core processors, Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge.  Several optimizations to reduce the system power consumption have been added in this driver. These optimizations might result in minor performance drop in some games while yielding power savings. The user can choose to override these power optimizations by selecting the "Maximum Performance" power mode in Intel control panel or "High Performance" mode in the Windows power setting.

The following issues have been fixed since the previous version of the graphics driver.


  • Fixed flickering and playback issues when using various video player applications.
  • Display no longer hangs when transcoding content to removable media like SD card.
  • Resolved issue where video output is missing content when transcoding certain video files.
  • Fixed corruption issue when playing video on Intel® WiDi in extended desktop mode.
  • System no longer crashes when transcoding multiple video clips simultaneously using Intel® Quick Sync Video.
  • When playing online video "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered" error no longer appears.
  • Fixed corruption issues when playing Blu-ray content using Intel WiDi.
  • Cyberlink's PowerDVD Player now exhibits proper behavior when the player is dragged during video playback.
  • Fixed protected content playback issues for new Windows 8 Store video players like Netflix.
  • Crysis 2 game now lists proper screen resolutions when played on Windows 8.
  • Fixed a DirectX 11.1 bug to support the upcoming Civilization 5 touch version.
  • Fixed an issue where Krater game screen flashes and game hangs after a few minutes of game play.
  • Resolved corruption issue when running some OpenGL programs in full screen mode.
  • Fixed minor artifacts seen in the following games and benchmarks:
    • 3DMark 06
    • 3DMark 11
    • Brink
    • BulletStorm
    • Call of Duty – Black Ops
    • Counter-Strike Source
    • Cut the Rope
    • Final Fantasy XIV
    • Fresh Paint
    • Krater
    • Lord of the Rings Online
    • SpyParty
    • Street Fighter IV
    • Stronghold Legends
    • Ticket to Ride
  • Performance of the following games on Windows 8 are improved to match that of Windows 7:
    • Battlefield 3
    • Lost Planet 2
  • Fixed corruption seen in Windows Reader Application when reading PDF file.
  • Fixed an issue where audio was not properly sent to HDMI displays.
  • System no longer crashes when accessing the "Monitor/TV Setting" in the Intel HD Graphics and Media Control panel when using a miniDisplayPort to HDMI dongle.
  • Resolved multiple issues around brightness settings on various system configurations.
  • Changing saturation levels no longer exhibits bluish tint.
  • Optimal resolution is now recommended in Win8 when pressing "Win + P" key combination. Display settings in Intel HD Graphics and Media Control Panel and Windows Display configuration page are now synchronized.
  • Memory allocated for the graphics subsystem is now correctly displayed in the Intel HD Graphics and Media control panel.
  • Display resolutions are restored properly when changing primary monitors after reverting from Stereo 3D video playback mode, etc.
  • Media Color Enhancement page of the Intel HD Graphics and Media control panel does not turn blank when cancel button is pressed.
  • Added support for positioning of screen in control panel when three displays are connected.
  • Minor translation issues seen in French version of the driver are now fixed.
  • Fixed an issue where the Windows context menu did not show the Intel Graphics and Media control panel under certain system configurations.
  • Fixed a crash that was observed in some mobile systems when transitioning from AC mode to DC mode.
  • Fixed a screen corruption that appeared when disabling the Intel display driver in the Windows Device Manager.
  • Improvements added to the system resume time.
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