"Although Intel will try to deliver better graphics performance by introducing new drivers for its integrated graphics processors (IGPs), motherboard makers in Taiwan generally doubt the advancements that Intel is claiming. Intel plans to introduce new drivers for its G965, GM965 and G35 chipsets to support Vertex Shader 3.0 in August. Two new drivers, 15.6 and 14.31, will be introduced to support Windows Vista and XP respectively.
These new drivers are claimed to enhance stability significantly and support Shader Model 4.0. The drivers are also said to add better support for games including Stalker, UT2004 and Guild Wars, allowing the IGPs to deliver a noticeable performance leap.
Citing information supplied by Intel, the motherboard makers also noted that the new G35, though claimed to support DirectX 10, is "hardware ready" only and a driver that supports Direct X 10 will not be available until 2008."