Talking VRR, HDR, and HDMI on Intel® Arc™ Graphics

Welcome to another update on Intel® Arc™ graphics — this time it’s all about variable refresh rate, HDR, and information on supported HDMI standards on the whole family of Intel Arc GPUs.

As a perk of the job, I’m playing Death Stranding: Director’s Cut to show off all these features, starting with variable refresh rate, or VRR, or Adaptive Sync. VRR allows the monitor’s refresh rate and the GPU’s render rate to be in sync, reducing tearing and stutter from gaming experiences. In this demo, the game is running between 80 and 100 FPS on the Intel Arc A750 card. The changing framerate uses VRR to synchronize with the Acer 4K 120Hz screen that continuously adjusts its refresh rate to limit screen tearing. Any adaptive sync certified display will do the same and should work with Intel Arc graphics, but we’re validating 100+ top VRR displays to make sure you have an amazing experience when the Intel Arc A700 family of cards launch.

Don’t forget about HDR – one of the more recent improvements in display technology that can really impact visual fidelity and gaming experiences. Running the same game on an Alienware HDR QD OLED monitor (which is a stunning display!) shows how great HDR looks on Intel Arc platformsThe deep blacks, bright whites, and broader dynamic range are stunning on Death Stranding Director’s Cut’s indoor environmentsBut like all display technologies, it can be really hard to demonstrate over a virtual demonstration, so we utilized our advanced HDR testing device (codename Allyn) to highlight and validate HDR was working as expected.

Finally, we can discuss HDMI standards and what you can expect on Intel Arc products. While the A-series of GPUs supports HDMI 2.0 natively, partners and OEMs can build in support for HDMI 2.1 by integrating PCONs that will convert DisplayPort to HDMI 2.1Our Intel-branded Limited Edition cards, both the A750 and A770 variety, will support HDMI 2.1 through this method. Other add-in cards, and notebooks, will support it if integrated.

We’re hard at work testing everything before these cards get into gamers’ hands and will have many updates to follow! Keep reading for updates on your favorite games, graphics technologies, and more!

**UPDATED: For the game showcase, the displays were set to 2560×1440 (VRR) and 3440×1440 (HDR) resolutions respectively, and the games were running  at the ‘default’ preset.

Intel Arc author - Ryan Shrout

Ryan Shrout

July 27, 2022

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