Intel Arc Alchemist GPUs will compete against RTX 3070 and cost up to $499

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Sep 13, 2021 4:30 PM

Intel’s upcoming DG2 graphics cards, now known as the Intel Arc series with the first generation of GPUs known as Alchemist launching in Q1 2022, are shrouded in a little mystery at the moment. Thankfully, a leaked slide seems to confirm the price and performance ranges that Intel is aiming for.

It was previously rumored that Intel’s flagship graphics card next year would compete against Nvidia’s RTX 3070 GPU, and a leaked slide seems to confirm that. We also see that Intel is planning two separate divisions of the lineup: SOC1 and SOC2. The former is targeting a price range of $300-$499, whilst the latter is targeting $100-$200.

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Although Intel isn’t aiming for the Enthusiast+ bracket and above (which includes the RTX 3080RX 6800 XT, and above), it looks like they are at least aiming for a more mainstream range that both Nvidia and AMD have disregarded in their recent generations. Which also makes a lot of sense considering Intel focuses a lot on mobile and integrated graphics for laptops.

There’s still no confirmation on models for the Intel Arc Alchemist family, so we don’t know the exact specifics of what each model will cost or what it’s performance will be like. However, this at least gives us a pretty good idea of what Intel is aiming for in their new GPUs next year, and shows they at least won’t be inflating prices due to the global chip and GPU shortage.

What is interesting is that the slide includes an RX 6500 XT graphics card from AMD, which has yet to be announced. It’s unlikely Intel has insider knowledge here, so it is most likely a placeholder and made a while ago, considering the RX 6600 XT is also labelled with the same dotted outline and ‘to be determined’ TDP, even though it has already been announced.

What do you think? Are you excited for the Intel Arc Alchemist graphics cards? How do you feel about the price and performance ranges? Let us know your thoughts!

What do you think of the price ranges compared to performance expectations?

Which category do you normally go for?

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16:06 Sep-18-2021

Let's see if the listed price will actually remain when the GPU launches.

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12:54 Sep-14-2021

What's the point for consumers if the new brand GPU costs the same as an Nvidia RTX 3070? How does it benefit the consumer?


Intel just can't help themselves with their hubris. Intel m,ay be a big name but in the GPU space they are kids and pricing is what can really turn things in their favor. Anyother scenario this GPU would have been DOA but since we are living in a dystopia where the fcking GPU shortage will never end, Intel will see excellent sales and get away with it.

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10:04 Sep-14-2021

Remember when the Nvidia 60 series belonged to the "Performance -" category?


Yeah, good old times. Now you have to spend a console worth of money on a single component to get mediocre performance that won't last more than 3 years for AAA titles.

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12:04 Sep-17-2021

Well the RTX 3060's VRAM costs 156$ on its own, regardless of Nvidia. Compare it to the gtx 960's VRAm which costed 22$ on its own, so that 330$ MSRP is probably just 15-20$ higher than it should be.


Yeah, I can't believe the day has come where I'm defending any of the hardware companies, but when it's not their fault, it's not their fault.

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15:42 Sep-18-2021

I know it's not their fault. It's unfortunate that components cost more these days.

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09:31 Sep-14-2021

Only if I could buy a new gaming rig. That would only cost $1000. And is on par with RTX 3070....

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23:15 Sep-13-2021

I think this will entirely depend on whether they can deliver performance targets. Like, if they will be competitive to similarly priced cards, then pricing is actually good. Provided MSRP lasts for a while. So I guess we will see when third party benchmarks come out.


As for which category I target, right now around 400-500USD. Depending on where the value is. Hence why I was interested in 3060Ti, maybe 3070 and of course AMD counterparts at those price points. Though then nothing came out of it because real prices were way above that. If everything was MSRP wise, I would already have 3060Ti.

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17:52 Sep-13-2021

Im confident Intel is capable of releasing a good product. Im more concerned about drivers and playing older stuff on this hardware.

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17:49 Sep-13-2021

They have no market share and chances are that they are going to have poor drivers in the beginning, so they should really consider undercutting the competition and on top of that Nvidia and AMD don't have slim profit margins either.

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17:58 Sep-13-2021

People seem to think that if you trow money at a problem you can program dgpu drivers for every game for over 20 years thats been released.

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18:59 Sep-14-2021

I don't think you need great optimization of drivers for older games as you'd run them great with modern hardware anyway.

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19:53 Sep-14-2021

Its not the frame rate that worries me more like crashes or not being able to launch at all.

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10:07 Sep-14-2021

I'd get an intel dgpu if it means that it can deliver performance equal to a 60 series Nvidia GPU at the price that those went for 7-8 years ago

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18:05 Sep-14-2021

Absolutely.


Now I keep in mind that the RTX 3060 has an MSRP of 330$ because of the 12GB of GDDR6 that costs 13$ per GB, for a total of around 156$ just for the VRAM


For example the GTX 960's 2GB GDDR5 costed 5.5$ per GB for a total of 11$ for the VRAM, so the RTX 3060 is 145$ more expensive just because of the VRAM.


On top of that the RTX 3060 has a die size of 276mm^2, the gtx 960 has a die size of 228mm^2, so the chip is bigger and thus more expensive as well, adjusted for inflation even more.

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15:55 Sep-16-2021

Yes, that makes sense, it's just unfortunate to see that the lineup gets more expensive because components become more expensive. There's nothing that can be done about it (for now).

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