Intel’s Arc Alchemist graphics cards still have no release date for us, but the first wave of GPUs released has already begun in China. First we had the laptop GPUs come out which weren't too great, and now we have the first desktop card. Unfortunately, like the mobile cards, the Intel GPU is not too impressive…
The Intel Arc A380 graphics card launched in China recently and is on the lower end of the lineup. This entry-level GPU has already seen some rough user benchmarks revealed on the internet, but the latest round of performance benchmarks seems to support those first tests, as the Intel Arc A380 graphics card is slower than a GTX 1650 and RX 6400…
Intel Arc A380 graphics card benchmark relative performance
As you can see in the graph above, the A380 underperforms significantly when compared to the GTX 1650 and RX 6400. Although its highest score was in Red Dead Redemption 2 - running on the Vulkan API - where it came at 93% relative performance compared to the GTX 1650.
So Intel’s very recent entry-level card is performing slower than Nvidia’s entry-level GPU from 3 years ago. It’s not exactly terrible performance, but when compared to a 3 year old card it doesn’t look too impressive for Intel. Once again these performance could be due to early drivers.
What’s even more strange is that the Arc A380 actually performs really well in synthetic 3DMark benchmarks, where it manages to outperform the GTX 1650 and RX 6400 in the Port Royal test, come in between those two in Firestrike, and blows past them in Timespy where it actually gets closer to an RTX 3050 than the GTX 1650.
Early drivers would explain the problem here, and also explains why Intel would have launched their first entry-level GPU on its own and in China alone. If Intel had released their flagship GPU and underperformed like the A380 has right out of the gate, then that would not have looked good for the Blue Team. Hopefully future drivers will bring that performance back up, and finally mark a release date for their higher-end cards in the west.
What do you think? Are you excited for Intel Arc Alchemist? How do you feel about the performance benchmarks for the Arc A380 above? Do you think the poorer performance is due to the actual hardware or because of early driver support? Let us know your thoughts!