As the world still struggles from a global chip shortage that is causing inflated prices and limited availability on graphics cards, Intel’s upcoming DG2 GPUs are like a bright oasis in a searing desert. Not a huge amount is known officially about the new graphics card family, but it looks like Intel is gearing up to spill everything soon.
The Intel DG2 GPUs are the next family in Intel’s graphics card lineup, and the Blue Team has now revealed we can expect the first set of cards to launch in Q1 2022 (CES 2022 anyone?). But that’s not all, as Intel also unveiled the official brand name for the series, and a few other extra goodies…
First of all, formerly known as Intel DG2, the new series of graphics processors are now called Intel Arc (not to be confused with Intel Ark). The first generation of which is codenamed “Alchemist”, with subsequent generations called “Battlemage”, “Celestial”, and “Druid”. How very gamer.
Intel is really trying to aim towards gamers with their new GPUs, and so have also revealed a little sizzle reel of the new cards in action as well as the reasoning behind the new name. They also have now confirmed that they are working on their own AI upscaling technology like Nvidia’s DLSS or AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution, something that was only rumored before:
The short reel doesn’t confirm what kind of performance we might expect from the Intel Arc series, but it shows off some of the biggest recent games running at decent frame rates. Current rumors put the top-end Intel Arc GPU close to the RTX 3070 in terms of performance.
We also know they are capable of supporting hardware-based ray tracing as well as Variable Rate Shading and DirectX12 Ultimate. But it’s the last one, the AI super-sampling technique, that obviously has us excited. Not much is known about this, but Intel assured us we’ll be hearing more about Intel Arc series over the coming weeks and months.
Of course, you can expect the new Intel Arc series to be available both for PC desktops and laptops. Hopefully we’ll learn more about official specs and performance expectations soon, as well as learning more about their AI-upscaling technique.
What do you think? Are you excited for the Intel Arc series? What kind of performance are you hoping for? And how do you feel about Intel’s own AI upscaling technology? Will it be better or worse than Nvidia DLSS/AMD FSR? Let us know your thoughts!