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.
Although Intel isn’t aiming for the Enthusiast+ bracket and above (which includes the RTX 3080, RX 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!