Up For Debate - Is a Q1 2022 launch for Intel’s new graphics cards too late for PC gamers?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Aug 22, 2021 4:30 PM

In the wake of a graphics card drought that has also seen prices for GPUs skyrocket well above MSRP, any mention of a new wave of cards hitting the market is exciting. So when Intel announced they are working on their own GPUs coming out soon we couldn’t have been happier. Now they’re projected for a Q1 2022 launch, but is that too late for PC gamers?

Both Nvidia’s RTX 30 series and AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards launched late last year in 2020, but it wasn’t until the turn of the new year when the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic really showed how it had affected hardware manufacturing and subsequently caused a shortage of GPUs. And to make matters worse, scalpers and crypto miners were buying them in droves, cranking up the prices by a ludicrous amount.

When Intel’s Arc graphics cards launch at the start of 2022, it will be over a year since Nvidia and AMD launched theirs. Current rumors predict some decent performance, with the top-end model performing somewhere between an RTX 3070 and RTX 3080. Although that may sound good on paper, the next generation of Nvidia and AMD GPUs (RTX 40 series and RX 7000 series) will launch not much long after.

So in that sense, is a Q1 2022 launch for Intel too late? At that point, it might actually be better to wait for the next-gen cards from Nvidia and AMD to launch at the end of 2022, which current predictions giving a 2-3 times performance uplift over the current generation. Then again, if Intel can manage to launch their new series at MSRP without inflated prices, then maybe it won’t be so bad after all.

What do you think? Is a Q1 2022 launch for Intel’s new graphics cards too late? Is it better to just wait for Nvidia and AMD’s RTX 40 and RX 7000 series in terms of value for money? Will Intel always be playing catch up to Nvidia and AMD? Let’s debate!

Are you interested in Intels upcoming graphics cards?

Is a Q1 2022 launch too late?

What would you recommend to PC gamers looking for a new GPU?

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06:27 Aug-23-2021

at this point we can't really complain, any GPU available at MSRP is a good GPU.

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09:03 Aug-23-2021

^ This. Can't even find lower mid-range Nvidia or AMD GPUs for a reasonable price here. And forget about something like RTX series; need a small loan for those.

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15:45 Aug-23-2021

small loan of a million dollars

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00:17 Aug-25-2021

Wtf? Where can I find a 3080 for a million dollars? Sounds like a steal!

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00:06 Aug-23-2021

Intel has always been pretty good at pricing their hardware so I'm curious about what they have planned

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21:18 Aug-22-2021

I am definitely interested in Intel and seeing how they do. I have no stake in the race, but it will be interesting nevertheless. And Intel has huge incentive to shakeup the market, since they are "the new guy" in gaming market. Meaning lower prices and stuff. But we will have to see, there are a lot of unknowns and things like price is what really determines if card is worth it.


As for Q1 2022, I don't really think it is too late. Like sure, if this was during the worst of crisis and Intel could supply market at reasonable price, they would absolutely be killing it and it is one of biggest opportunities they missed. But same could be said about AMD, they could also get hell of a market share. And there really would be question of whether Intel could pull it off or they would also get out of stock, since it could be insane undertaking. Still, it will hugely depend on state of the market and how Intel cards will perform and how much they will cost. Currently nVidia is decided to increase prices throughout whole stack, putting midrange at 400USD+ and treating sub 300USD market as basically "peasant" class. AMD decided they had enough of being the good guy and are price matching nVidia. Not really competing that badly. So there definitely is room for huge disruption Intel can make, even if they won't have top performer, if they can cover the biggest market of old midrange, which is sub 300USD and cover 400USD+ segment with something, they could easily win and get huge market share. There is reason GTX1060 still has the biggest market share and why 1050Ti is second biggest. And reason is not because they were 300 or 400USD cards. It really is just down to Intel whether they want to. AMD doesn't anymore.


What would I recommend to people looking for new cards? Same as always. Do you need it now? Can your current card do what you need it to do with good enough performance level? If yes, then don't upgrade, it is bad time, wait for things to improve. If answer is no, then you need it now to do what you want to, so you have no choice but see what you can get and get it. Be it old card breaking down or just being old, if you can't use it to do what you need anymore, it really doesn't matter, since waiting isn't an option. It is as simple as that, it always was, it always will be. There will always be new things coming, there will always be potential for market to improve and unless you officially know new cards are next month or in next two months, it really is down to whether you need it now.

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18:39 Aug-22-2021

This won't help the shortage of GPU's on the market even 1%. TSMC is producing the chips for these GPU's, thus no matter how many Intel, order, that only takes away from the GPU's that AMD will produce. The net result will be exactly the same.

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17:56 Aug-22-2021

Intel gpu pricing was already leaked/revealed by mooreslaw and it's not too high or bad. Lets not forget that when these gpus will be released they will compete with latest Nvidia and AMD gpus not 30 and 6000 series. The timing is not great as we needed these gpus way sooner, before the shortages started or at least at first few months to stop it, but if these shortages and absurd prices continue then more gamers will get new gpus and that will help the market recover

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