Intel announced last year that their brand new Arc Alchemist graphics cards would be launching in Q1 2022. As we get closer to a possible launch, more details are leaking out about the GPUs, including a new report lately that shows the flagship card of the series performing on par with an RTX 3070 Ti.
The performance benchmark was spotted on SiSoftware, where we also learned a bit more about the specs. According to the entry, this particular GPU looks to be the flagship card, currently known as the ‘DG2-512’. It features 4,096 cores and a clock speed of up to 2.1GHz, though it is unknown whether this is the base clock speed or the boost clock.
It’s also expected to feature 16GB of VRAM. But what about the actual performance? Unfortunately it is not a clear indicator of real-world performance, however it can give us a general idea of how the GPU compares to other cards. The DG2-512 model scored 9017 Mpix/s, a nearly 8% increase over the RTX 3070 Ti, which scored 8369 Mpix/s.
The two cards then trade blows in various sub tests. But based on the leaked benchmark they seem to perform relatively similar to each. The ‘Arc A380’ GPU is a previously leaked benchmark for the possible entry-level graphics card of the Arc Alchemist series, which equates to around a 3x performance difference between the entry-level and flagship cards of the series.
If Intel’s new graphics cards manage to launch with decent availability and at a respectable price point (especially in the wake of news that GPU prices will likely increase later this year), this could be a big win for budget to mid-tier gamers, who have been the ones who suffered the most in the GPU shortages and inflated prices over the past 2 years.
Intel was expected to announce more details about their Arc Alchemist GPUs during CES 2022, but didn’t reveal anything in the end. The Q1 2022 release window is also fast approaching, and Intel’s own website now simply says “coming in 2022.”
Both Nvidia and AMD’s next-gen cards are coming later this year, so Intel might be launching their cards a generation too late. But with the shortages and inflated prices in the market at the moment, Intel is in a position to offer better supply and fairer prices compared to competitors. Unfortunately we’ll just have to wait and see.
What do you think? How do you feel about the leaked benchmarks? What do you think the flagship Intel Arc Alchemist GPU will cost in MSRP? Are you expecting better supply than competitors? And do you think Intel will price them more fairly? Let us know your thoughts!