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!