The long-dead Kaby Lake G now has a Windows 11 driver from Intel

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  • Kaby Lake G processors were discontinued a while back and now Intel has launched a new driver.
  • The AMD-based driver has Windows 11 support.
  • The Kaby Lake G processor offered excellent graphic performance at the time.

Intel had discontinued Kaby Lake G processors and had promised that it would bring back Windows 11 support.

Now, the company has launched a new graphics driver version 30.0.13025.1000 for Kaby Lake G that has an added support for the recently released OS.

The processors were discontinued back in 2019 although they were using cutting-edge technologies but Intel could not handle that the parts offered better graphics at the time.

AMD was providing support to Kaby Lake G but after a while, it also stopped.

New features

The release of the new driver means that there are new features and game optimizations.

  • Additional 21.30 feature improvements/additions are present in this release.
  • One Click & Auto overclocking features have been introduced.
  • PlayReady HWDRM CBCS for H264/HEVC.

Driver optimizations to support the following game launches:

  • Far Cry 6 (DX12)
  • Metro Exodus – Enhanced Edition (DX12 – RT only)
  • PUBG DX12
  • Resident Evil Village (DX12)
  • Naraka: Bladepoint (DX11)
  • Windows 11 RTW
  • Battlefield 2042 (DX12) Open Beta

Known issues

  • Flickering with Radeon boost for Fortnite

This issue isn’t so much about regression but when the boost feature is enabled, there is an issue with the May P22 driver.

  • There is a Vudu playback error “Unable to start playback” observed with P22 Intel NUC GH Graphics.
  •  The issue is also present without an AMD driver or Intel.
  • When playing Netflix in 4K on Edge browser, SWDRM is being engaged.

Some of the issues are from older drivers and not reproducible with this new driver.

  • Sometimes there is a system restart when closing Blender after “bmw27” sample.
  • There appears to be corruption on rendering blender bmw27 sample.

At this point, we’d like to point out that all five of Kaby Lake G SKUs are supported by the driver update. If you want to download it, head over to Intel’s official website.

What do you think of the driver update? Let us know in the comment section.