Gigabyte releases tool to disable E-cores on Alder Lake processors
Gigabyte has released a tool for its Z690 motherboards to fix the DRM issues plaguing Intel Alder Lake processors. The newly released 12th gen Intel processors sport a hybrid architecture with powerful P-cores and energy-efficient E-cores. Digital Rights Management (DRM) solutions of some games like Assassins Creed: Valhalla treat the E-cores as a separate system, resulting in reduced performance.
Up till now, the only way to get acceptable performance out of Alder Lake chips while running the affected games was to disable the E-cores by enabling the legacy game compatibility mode through the BIOS. Although this method resolves the performance issues, it not only makes the E-cores practically worthless, but it is also cumbersome to handle. Gigabyte’s tool allows you to enable and disable E-cores without having to fumble around the BIOS.
Sadly, If you are rocking a different motherboard than the Gigabyte Z690, you are out of luck as the company has only made the tool for its Z690 motherboard running the latest firmware. Intel has said that it is working with game publishers to resolve DRM-related issues. So, we’ll have to wait and see if and when these fixes arrive.