Intel’s upcoming Arc Alchemist graphics cards for desktop PCs still don’t have a release date in sight yet, but the new generation of GPUs from Intel are still available in the wild in limited capacity thanks to the mobile variants launching in laptops recently. Although they don’t give the full picture of how the desktop variants may perform, they do give us some insight at least.
However, the results leave a little room for improvement, at least in real world gaming examples. A user by the name of Golden Pig Upgrade uploaded their benchmark results on the Chinese forum Weibo. Their rig included the Intel Arc A730M graphics card, which isn’t the flagship model of the generation, but is the second-highest GPU in the mobile lineup.
According to the user, the A730M scored a rather impressive 10138 in the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark tool. That score comes between the RTX 3070 and RTX 3070 Ti mobile cards, which is right in line with previous rumors of Arc Alchemist GPU performance.
However, the user also posted their in-game FPS on a variety of modern titles, and showed much worse performance than expected (not terrible, but certainly not up to the results of the 3DMark score). However, these could be down to early graphics drivers, so performance could improve by the time the desktop models come out.
In Metro: Exodus, on High graphics settings, the Arc A730M achieved around 70fps at 1080p and 55fps at 1440p. In F1 2020, it delivered 123fps at 1080p resolution and 95fps at 1440p. At 1080p in Assassins Creed: Odyssey it got 38fps, and at 1440p it got 32fps.
When comparing the FPS results above to other GPUs on the market, the Arc A730M actually performs closer to an RTX 3050 Ti or RTX 3060. Again, these aren’t terrible numbers at all, and are actually fairly impressive for Intel’s first generation of graphics cards, but the 3DMark score hinted at much more impressive performance. We’ll just have to wait and see when Intel releases their desktop GPUs, whenever that is.
What do you think? Are you excited for Intel Arc Alchemist graphics cards? How do you feel about the benchmark results above for the mobile GPU? Do you think they are good or not very impressive? Do you think the worse results could be down to early driver support or the hardware itself? Let us know your thoughts!