After a very long gestation, Intel is releasing its Arc series of graphics cards, with only sporadic availability in Western markets as of this writing. The supplier still insists that they will arrive in the later part of the year, even though that part continues to slip away. The latest information comes in the form of a series of base specs made official, especially for mid-range and high-end cards that we only knew by name. Along with the Arc A380, the semi-announced budget card, we now have more concrete details for the mid-range A580 and the high-end A750 and A770. The number of GPU Xe graphics cores is one of the main differentiators: from the A380 to the A580, the number of processing units triples, increasing from 8 to 24, the high-end cards increasing to 28 and 32. Engines dedicated to ray-tracing follow the same path. Video RAM increases from 6GB on the A380 to 8GB on the other three cards, with an upgraded 16GB version of the A770 also planned.

GPU buyers who hoped Intel would break the Nvidia-AMD duopoly were disappointed with the A380’s lack of entry-level performance, as this $140 BT card competes head-to-head with cheap GPUs like the Radeon RX 6400 from AMD. But with these official specs, we can see that even the mid-range Arc 5 series will be a cut above, with three times the XMX engines for AI interfacing operations and almost three times the memory bandwidth. An Intel representative said its GPU clock speeds are — like CPUs — dynamic, so the specs given are an approximation based on typical workloads.

As to whether this translates to more competitive mid- and high-end cards, we have to wait and see. While Intel made big talk in terms of price and value, even its press release admitted that the vendor is still far behind Nvidia and AMD in terms of video driver support (although the capabilities of Arc content creation seem impressive).

After several semesters of development, Intel needs to pick up the tempo and get its cards onto retail shelves — PC gamers aren’t going to wait forever. The firm has already lost whatever incredible edge it might have had in releasing the Arc series during the pandemic GPU rush, and Nvidia’s RTX 4000 series is already looming on the horizon. The Santa Clara supplier runs a real risk trying to sell previous generation technology when the latest architectures are on their way to AMD and Nvidia. Especially if these thieves manage to quickly release their mid-range cards, which could well undermine Intel’s products. Finally, note that a last rumor announced the end of GPU activity at Intel after the Battlemage generation, the next Arc GPU architecture under development. But Raja Koduri, vice president in charge of the Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics business, was quickly denied on Tweeter. However, this procrastination is not a very good omen as the products are barely on the market.

Graphics card: are the Intel Arc more powerful than the Nvidia RTX 4000?

Intel Arc Graphics Specifications

Intel has officially revealed what can be found in the bowels of their Intel Arc graphics cards. The 3 GPUs are planned for the end of the month, and Intel really intends to compete with the powerful RTX 4000 and RX 7000 planned for the end of the year.

Intel’s goal is to position itself on the “low cost” market, by offering good performance for the tightest budgets.

Intel Arc A770 16GB

Intel’s most high-end graphics card presents us with no less than 16 GB of dedicated GGDR6 video memory with a 256-bit bus interface and 32 Xe cores. As a reminder, an Xe Core is the name made in Intel to talk about P (Performance) and E (Efficiency) cores. On the consumption side, the brand announces a TDP of 225W, for a clock frequency of 2.1 GHz and 17.5 Gbps for the GDDR6 memory.

Intel has already been able to compare this graphics card with the famous RTX 3060 Ti from Nvidia, announcing slightly higher performance on Full HD with Ray-Tracing.

Indeed, the manufacturer advances a solid 65 fps in Full HD Ray-Tracing, against 49 fps for the RTX 3060 Ti. But obviously, this is a benchmark provided by the brand, on games that benefit them. In the United States, the recommended retail price will be around $349-399.

Intel Arc A770 8GB

It’s the little sister’s turn! This Intel Arc A770 offers 8 GB of GDDR6 video memory and 32 Xe Cores, 32 calculation units dedicated to Ray-Tracing on a 256-bit bus interface. On the announced consumption side, we find the same as on its 16 GB version, so 225W. This graphics card is said to have a clock frequency of 2100 MHz and a speed of 16 Gbps for its memory.

This processor wants to get closer to a classic RTX 3060. Intel revealed that it would be about 5% more powerful than the Nvidia graphics card in the games tested by the brand. For the price, we are getting closer to $279-349 here.

Intel Arc A750

We go to the entry level with the Intel Arc A750. According to the data provided by Intel on their site, we would find 28 Xe Cores as well as 28 calculation units dedicated to Ray-Tracing. On the frequency side, it tops out at 2050 MHz with 8 GB of dedicated video memory.

Presented as THE low-cost graphics card from Intel, the Arc A750 could sell for around $249. We stay on the same TDP of 225W, strange given the differences in the clock frequency.

Intel Arc: more powerful than the Nvidia RTX 4000?

Will the Intel Arc Alchemists take the place of Nvidia or AMD? The answer is surely no given the market shares of the two competing brands. Nvidia has imposed itself on the market, and even its more than exorbitant prices during its last years did not prevent the brand with the chameleon from being the leader.

Intel wants to flex its muscles by imposing itself on the “low-cost” GPU field, even as Nvidia and AMD try to offer better prices with their low-end graphics cards.

Intel has even proudly published a benchmark on their site, comparing their Arc A750 to the Nvidia RTX 3060. It must obviously be taken into account that these are tests carried out in-house, so to be taken with a grain of salt.

Tested on different APIs such as DX12 or Vulkan, the Intel Arc A750 would offer relatively higher performance than the RTX 3060 (in 1440p and 1080p).

On the embedded technologies side, Intel wants us to benefit from a semblance of DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) with their Xe Super Sampling technology. Recently, we saw gameplay footage on Ghostwire Tokyo with Ray-Tracing enabled, with the frame rate capping out at 45 fps for the Intel Arc A750, compared to 38 fps on the RTX 3060.

Pending independent tests, it is difficult to say whether Intel’s promises are kept. Obviously, even if it’s not official, we could expect a release by the end of September.

This Intel Arc A380 by MSI is really cute

Well, we don’t know if the card will arrive one day in France, or even in Europe, but in the meantime, this little Intel Arc A380 LP by MSI is really very small and cute.

The latter is in Dual Slot and Dual Fan, it features an Alchemist ACM-G11 with 8 Xe-Cores for 1024 SP. There is also 8 GB of GDDR6 at 15.5 Gbps in 96 bits. The GPU runs at 2000 MHz, the TDP of the card is 75 watts and the power supply for the latter is done directly via PCI Express.

Intel Responds to Arc GPU Cancellation Claims

Intel Arc GPU rumors are the death knell for the company’s line of discrete graphics cards, but the blue team’s executive vice president has just denounced those rumors. Commenting on the concerns, Raja Koduri ignores hearsay and insists the chip giant overcame its initial issues, despite the launch having multiple hurdles.

Over on Twitter, a worried Intel Arc fan asked Koduri about the future of the GPU lineup, specifically referring to recent rumors. In response, the VP states that the rumors “don’t help” the gaming PC community or the team bringing the cards to market, and points to the line’s “first generation” status.

Koduri is not oblivious to the pitfalls of the Arc GPU and admits that the company had “had more hurdles to overcome than expected”. Of course, the Intel chief adds that the team persisted despite the issues, further quashing reports that cast doubt on the future of the lineup.

The reports in question are included in a new Moore’s Law is Dead video, which includes damning testimony provided by Intel insiders. An executive-level source claims that “Arc is complete”, while another confirms that a “decision has been made” to cancel the company’s discrete graphics plans.

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