We haven’t been waiting years for Intel to release its Arc Series of desktop graphics cards, with only one single single available in western markets as part of our study. The fact that the number of people in the past is still a swindling number, yet Intel insists they’re coming in the end of the year. The latest stat comes in the form of basic specs, made by the public now, especially for the mid-range and high-end cards we have only seen as names before.
The semi-released A380 and the mid-range A580 and the high-end A750 and A770 have more details. The number of Xe GPU cores is one of the bigger ones: from the A380 to the A580, core count triples from 8 to 24, with higher-end cards going up to 28 and 32. Ray tracing cores suit. Video RAM reaches only 6-GB on the A380 to 8-GB on the other three cards. A modern 16-GB model also includes the A770.
Although the rumor that Intel would step up to the Nvidia-AMD duopoly was disappointing, the cost of the low-end A380 was naive, and a reliance on the premium cost of a new 60 dollar card compared with the RX-650. Without the above official specs, we can see that even the mid-range Arc 5-series will significantly accelerate, with double the XMX engines for AI interfacing and nearly triple the memory bandwidth. An Intel representative said that its GPU clock speeds shift from fixed to dynamic, so listed specifications are an approximation based on typical workloads.
Should you do that for a higher competitive card, then you must wait and see. Although Intel spoke a lot of terms of pricing and value, even its own press communication admitted that the company is far behind Nvidia and AMD in terms of video driver support (though Arcs content creation chops are pretty convincing indeed).
Frankly, Intel has to acheive in its rear end and get these cards into stores already PC gamers wont wait forever. The big advantage that would have taken off by releasing Arc during the GPU rush of the pandemic, has already blown the enormous advantage it would have had, and Nvidia’s RTX 4000 series is just now on the horizon. Intel is at a real risk of trying to sell new technologies on a range of new projects, especially if Nvidia and AMD can quickly get their more mid-range cards out.