Intel Solves 12th Gen Alder Lake’s Biggest Gaming Problem


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Intel and digital rights management (DRM) service Denuvo fixed one of the biggest issues affecting the 12th generation Alder Lake platform. At launch, Intel revealed more than 90 games that would not work with its most recent processors. One month after launch, the list has narrowed only three.

A recent Windows update fixed the issue for the majority of titles. We checked the list about a week ago, and it was still full. Now there are only three titles that have issues on Windows 11 and Windows 10 – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Fernbus simulator, and Madden NFL 22. To apply the hotfix, download and install the most recent Windows update.

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Shortly after launch, Intel revealed that a number of games were refusing to work with its 12th generation Alder Lake processors. The problem boiled down to how DRM services handled the different types of cores in Alder Lake processors.

Instead of a single processor, DRM would recognize performance cores (P) and efficient cores (E) as separate computers. This would throw a red flag at DRM indicating that the game was not legitimate, and the game would crash or refuse to load. Some titles only had issues on Windows 10, some only had Windows 11, but most had issues on both. The three games still without fixes fall into the last bucket.

Gigabyte and MSI have released tools to work around the root issue. These special BIOS versions included an option to disable E-cores. Intel also provided a bypassing scroll lock, which can dynamically deactivate E-cores when playing games. The workaround is still an option for the three games that are currently without fixes.

Most of the games in question used the Denuvo DRM service, including a long list of titles from Ubisoft, EA, and Sega. This is not the first time that Denuvo has caused problems with PC games. In July, the platform caused significant stuttering issues in Resident Evil Village, which was only discovered as the culprit after gamers discovered that the cracked version – with the DRM removed and intended for hacking – performed better than the official version.

We have encountered issues with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in our Intel Core i9-12900K review. The game would crash immediately after booting, and the few times we could enter it would perform less than expected. If you are having titles with major performance issues on 12th Gen Alder Lake and have the most recent updates installed, we recommend notify Intel of the problem.

With a bit of luck. this game bug with Alder Lake is a problem, not a permanent problem. As more games come out with different DRM services, it is possible that they will be blocked by Alder Lake’s hybrid architecture.

For the last three games, we don’t know when Intel expects a fix. The company initially said it expected fixes for most games by mid-November, but the list wasn’t updated until early December. The remaining three games didn’t have an update schedule originally, and they still don’t. Hopefully Intel will have fixes before the end of the year.

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