[REVIEW] : Intel ARC Alchemist: list of graphics card models leaked

It is an understatement to say that Intel is expected at the turn. However, the American founder is still slow to confirm the exact release date and the ranges of graphics cards that await us with ARC Alchemist.

Intel first on the entry level

The information we obtain is most often from leaks generally collected by a few specialists in the genre, such as this momomo_us quoted today by Tom’s Hardware.

We also note that there is no reference to the rather high-end cards based on DG2-512: Intel seems to be well and truly on its way to a two-stage release with, first, the entry-level models and then, maybe in May/June, some tougher cards.

Intel Arc Alchemist A300 Series Graphics Cards Revealed

The list mentions graphics cards belonging to the Arc A300 family, Intel’s entry level: Arc A350, Arc A350M, Arc A370M, Arc A380. Added to this is a strange Iris Xe Max A200M. You don’t need to be a deduction genius to understand that the A350 and A380 are desktop cards, the other three are mobile cards. Thus, Intel should attack the desktop market from below, possibly through pre-assembled desktop PCs first.

Iris Xe Max A200M?

Moreover, the name Iris Xe Max A200M suggests that Intel could offer low-end DG2 GPUs that do not “deserve” to be presented as Arc products. So that they do not “harm” the Arc brand in some way, they would therefore rather be cataloged within the Iris Xe family.

Recall that a leak dating from November 2021 listed 32 different Arc Alchemist solutions (for the entire range). According to the latest data we have, Intel would square the different segments with only two GPUs, the DG2-512 and the DG2-128. Naturally, the company will adjust the number of threads activated depending on the products.

Intel vision 2022, would the launch of Arc Alchemist be scheduled between May 10 and 11?

Slowly the physical conferences are setting up for this year. Intel has just announced its Vision 2022 event. It will take place over two days next May.

Vision 2022, towards an official launch of Arc Alchemist?

For the past few days, leaks have multiplied around Intel’s next line of desktop gaming graphics cards, Arc Alchemist. Several independent sources have agreed on a launch period, between the months of May and June. So the announcement of the Vision 2022 event fits quite well with this schedule. There is nothing certain but Intel can during these two days plan a particular event devoted exclusively to Arc Alchemist.

Intel’s Arc Alchemist Rumored to Launch in May-June Window

With the GPU market being what it is, Intel’s long wait for the release of its Arc Alchemist graphics cards could reduce its chances of carving out a slice of the GPU market. Nvidia and AMD card prices are falling and availability continues to improve each month, with most signs pointing to a late May-early June launch window for the A500 and A700 series GPUs.

Intel has already started shipping Arc Alchemist mobile GPUs for devices like the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i and Samsung’s Galaxy Book2 Pro, which pairs 12th Gen Alder Lake-P and Alder Lake-U processors with an Arc A380 GPU. . Early benchmarks from credible sources suggest that the A300 series won’t be mind-blowing in terms of gaming performance, but it will be more battery-friendly than Nvidia and AMD alternatives.

Gamers are primarily interested in the desktop A700 and A500-series Alchemist GPUs, which should largely compete with mainstream and upper-mid-tier offerings from AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3000 line. These will contain up to 512 compute units and 16 gigabytes of GDDR6 memory operating in a power envelope of 175 to 225 watts, with an assumed MSRP between $400 and $500.

Of course, while you’ll be able to find these cards anywhere near MSRP post-launch, availability is still very much in doubt despite Intel’s promise to ship millions of Arc GPUs to consumers this year.

We know Intel wants to compensate with its open source XeSS scaling technology, but the company has only demonstrated it in a handful of games so far. Studios like Ubisoft, 505 Games, IO Interactive, Kojima Productions, PUBG Studios, and Codemasters have promised to integrate XeSS into their games, but it will be interesting to see how quickly that happens. As we’ve seen with Nvidia’s proprietary DLSS and even AMD’s open source FSR technology, this doesn’t exactly happen overnight, quite the contrary.

Intel’s first Arc desktop GPUs also look set to arrive at a time when Nvidia is looking to increase Ampere’s supply and AMD is gearing up to refresh its RDNA 2 lineup, so it will be more difficult for Team Blue. to gain notoriety. Still, if AMD can sell a mediocre product like the RX 6500 XT and Nvidia’s RTX 3060 won’t drop below $600 even on eBay, anything is possible.