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GIGABYTE has released a DRM Fix Tool for Z690 motherboards that aims to boost the performance and resolve some of the DRM-related issues that 12th Gen Intel Core users may be experiencing when running certain titles on their Alder Lake processors. A direct link to the tool may be found here, but GIGABYTE has advised users to ensure that their motherboards have been updated to the latest BIOS version first to ensure compatibility. A list of GIGABYTE’s Z690 motherboards and their latest BIOS versions can be found on the company’s press release.

From GIGABYTE’s press release:

Earlier this month, Intel just released the latest 12th generation processors with the advantages of new architecture and high performance to the market. However, users are aware that the E-cores in processors may trigger the DRM software to incorrectly recognize them as another system. GIGABYTE releases the new GIGABYTE DRM Fix Tool on 600 series platform in response to this issue. By this Windows-based utility, users can easily switch on and off the E-Cores on the fly to avoid abnormal game operation due to the DRM issue.

GIGABYTE’s DRM Fix Tool requires the latest BIOS version in order to have impact. Users can easily control the status of the E-cores through the UI of this utility without any complicated installation. GIGABYTE’s DRM Fix Tool provides a much easier solution to the DRM issue compared to other solutions which require adjusted BIOS settings, PS/2 keyboard connection, or even exclusive button on the chassis and keyboard.

Intel published a support document last month warning that select games might have trouble running on its latest family of Core processors, which leverage a new hybrid architecture utilizing performance and efficiency cores. Some of the games that are affected in both Windows 11 and Windows 10 include Anthem, Legend of Mana, and Mortal Kombat 11.

Source: GIGABYTE

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2 Comments

  1. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 44116, member: 203″]
    What does it say that Gigabyte is trying to fix this, not Intel…
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    I’m just surprised there isn’t a bios patch to address this in one fell swoop. Or an update from the DRM company. But no it seems that gigabyte figured this out first and has a software patch to address it in combination with a bios update. Probably auto disables the little cores for gaming.

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