We have still yet to know when exactly Intel is planning to launch their Arc Alchemist graphics cards in the West, but so far the Blue Team seems to be slowly trickling out their GPUs in China, starting with an entry level card. Unfortunately, despite graphics cards going down in price thanks to a recent crypto crash, the budget card is selling for major money.
The Intel Arc A380 is an entry level GPU, sporting 8 Xe Cores (1024 shader units), 6GB of GDDR6 video memory, a maximum clock speed of 2450MHz and a TBP of 92W. The original price for the GPU was 1030 Yen (around $150), but a Chinese retailer has already listed the card for 3999 Yen ($595).
It’s possible that the retailer is trying to cash in on the latest GPU craze, which saw prices of graphics cards inflated way beyond MSRP, in most cases due to a major rise in cryptocurrency mining. Or it could be due to early adoption hype from Intel’s first major desktop GPUs, but either way the price is way above the original listed MSRP.
Thankfully, some photos of the graphics card were snapped from all angles, revealing the entire card’s design and PCB. Although this is meant for entry level PC owners, the Arc A380 has 4 video ports, including 3 DisplayPort 1.4 outputs and 1 HDMI 2.1 port (at least for this particular custom design).
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Hopefully if that price drops down we’ll see more people get their hands on Intel’s first GPU in the wild. So far, leaked benchmarks aren’t very impressive, but they’re also not entirely reliable at the moment. Additionally, this might mean a release for the West is closer than we think!
Either way, Intel needs to get their new cards out before Nvidia and AMD announce their own next-gen GPUs like the RTX 40 series or RX 7000 series, as they are projected to offer significant performance improvements over the last generation, which Intel has been targeting for their Arc Alchemist cards.
What do you think? Are you excited for Intel Arc Alchemist? How do you feel about the specs listed above? And how do you feel about the price? Why do you think the price is so much higher than MSRP despite a recent crypto crash? And when do you think Intel’s first GPUs will actually launch? Let us know your thoughts!