Gigabyte has released a tool to fix boot and performance issues with older games. Intel 12th generation processors do not handle various DRM applications well.

Many DRM applications cannot handle the E-cores contained in the new Alder Lake processors, causing games to not launch or performance issues. Gigabyte’s tool disables these cores so that DRM checks can only be performed on the performance cores.

The Windows tool only works on motherboards with the 600 chipset and the latest BIOS and can be downloaded immediately from the Gigabyte website. The table below shows which motherboards are involved and which BIOS version you need at least.

Model Version
Z690 AERO D F5a
Z690 AERO G F4b
Z690 AERO G DDR4 F6a
Z690 AORUS ELITE F4a
Z690 AORUS ELITE AX F5a
Z690 AORUS ELITE DDR4 F5a
MASTER Z690 AORUS F6b
Z690 AORUS PRO F6a
Z690 AORUS PRO DDR4 F6a
Z690 AORUS TACHYON F3a
Z690 AORUS ULTRA F5a
Z690 AORUS XTREME F5a
Z690 AORUS XTREME WATER FORCE F4a
Z690 GAMES X F5a
Z690 GAMES X DDR4 F6a
Z690I AORUS ULTRA F4a
Z690I AORUS ULTRA DDR4 F5a
Z690M AORUS ELITE AX DDR4 F5a
Z690M AORUS ELITE DDR4 F5a
Z690M DS3H DDR4 F2a
Z690 UD F5a
Z690 UD AC F5a
Z690 UD AX F5a
Z690 UD AX DDR4 F5a
Z690 AORUS ELITE AX DDR4 F6a
Z690 UD DDR4 F5a

Source:
Gigabyte (direct download)

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