Intel has posted versions (32-bit) and (64-bit) of its drivers for the Intel HD-series lineup of integrated graphics processors, which includes both Sandy Bridge and older Nehalem-based chips in both desktop and laptop computers. The drivers are available for all editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Of the Big Three players in the graphics market, Intel is the most erratic about its driver releases - their last generic driver was posted way back in September, and while that driver brought a good number of performance improvements and bug fixes, Intel's latest and greatest fixes just three documented issues: a crashing issue with a program called Interstage Studio Standard J-edition, an issue where the driver would change the refresh rate while on battery power, and an issue where content would appear strangely when rewound. Not terribly exciting, given the wait, but I'm sure that the people experiencing those problems are grateful for the fixes.

As always, Intel notes that these are generic drivers which may or may not be missing features present in the drivers provided by OEMs. I've never had issues using generic Intel drivers on any of my machines, from homemade desktops to OEM laptops to Macs running Windows, but your mileage may vary.

Source: Intel

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  • Andrew.a.cunningham - Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - link

    If they*. Could really go for an edit button sometimes...
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - link

    Hey, you work here. You're supposed to be able to delete some comments, so if you mistype, you delete the bad one and repost. LOL (Maybe that feature is only available for some of us? I'm not even sure how it got set on my account....)
  • Andrew.a.cunningham - Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - link

    I don't see it anywhere? But I'd gladly take it if we could turn it on. :-)
  • SlyNine - Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - link

    I should work here too, I'm at this site so often "proof reading, ya I'll go with that" I want an Edit button too.
  • rom0n - Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - link

    This driver fixed a youtube Chrome bug for me. Before, when I click on youtube videos from Google search, the video would always have the loading circle displayed even when video is running. I can also have a better experience using madvr in video playback.
  • bob1239983 - Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - link 64bit 32bit
  • nubie - Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - link

    I can't be the only one, why no XP drivers?

    Although I can relate to the "if it isn't broken why fix it"

    AMD and nVidia release new drivers because they never do work 100%.

    I have been using nVidia for 15 years and the drivers are all over the map, maybe 80% done most of the time, but if you are counting on a feature you might be SOL (good luck trying to fix underscan issues, and if your EDID only shows 640 pixels, directX apps will only have 640 pixels, even if it is a 720P TV, until you load a custom monitor INF)

    Intel may not release a ton of drivers, or have a ton of features, but they usually "just work".

    I can't see choosing them as a gaming solution, that is for damn sure.
  • faizoff - Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - link

    I have a slightly off topic question. I have a discrete graphics card (6870) on my P67 Asus pro motherboard. Does the integrated graphics (HD 3000) on my i5 2500k ever get used? I know I've read it somewhere but if you don't have a dedicated GPU who would one be able to utilize the integrated GPU from the CPU?
  • kyuu - Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - link

    No. The integrated GPU on the i5-2500k is basically a whole lot of wasted silicon. These driver updates don't affect you in any way.
  • airmantharp - Friday, February 10, 2012 - link


    The 2500k doesn't get used on P67 boards (sadly).

    On an H67 or Z68 based board, it may be used as a graphics adapter along with a discrete GPU if you wish.

    I've done this personally, using the graphics on my 2500k to power two secondary monitors while a pair of HD6950's runs whatever on the primary.

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