Intel has finally made Arc Alchemist official, and the GPU world is holding its breath

As always, processors are in the spotlight at the Intel Innovation Forum. But this year is quite special: Pat Gelsinger, the CEO of the brand, also took the opportunity to officially present the Arc Alchemist series of dedicated graphics cards. Only one model has been revealed so far, but this is a good chance to get an idea of ​​the positioning of this new line.

Gelsinger confirmed the first leaked data about the first of these cards, namely the A770. Its ACM-G10 GPU is entitled to 32 Xe-Cores, the processing subunits found so far in integrated GPUs of the brand. This model is available in two versions, namely 8GB and 16GB.

A well-adjusted price

Intel claims that the raytracing performance is about 65% higher than “the competition”, without specifying a particular model. This term probably refers to cards of the caliber of Nvidia’s RTX 3060; in the first leak, most industry insiders estimated that the A770 would sit somewhere between the RTX 3060 and 3070, which seems to be roughly in line with that number.

The price, meanwhile, is announced at $329. Maybe it’s related to the 8GB model, but in any case it’s a consistent and even more interesting number in relation to the advertised performance. This aggressive pricing really helps Intel cards make their mark in an ecosystem dominated by well-regarded, but often overpriced products from AMD and Nvidia.

Arguments in spades

But the price argument isn’t enough by itself, and Intel understands this. Fortunately, these Arc cards have other tricks up their sleeves. For example, they will support DisplayPort 2.0… which surprisingly does not happen with the new RTX 4000 Ada Lovelace from Nvidia!

Additionally, these cards promise to be versatile and work wonders on budget workstations. True, Nvidia clearly remains the sole owner of CUDA technology and will therefore remain hard to beat in the field of productivity and creative applications. .

But thanks to its great expertise in the field of drivers and integration, some observers have already suggested that with the same power, these cards can beat the proposals of Nvidia and AMD hands in applications such as to edit the video.

In addition, Intel has repeatedly shown its ambition to offer a reasonable product in terms of energy consumption. The TBP of the A770 is announced at 225W (compared to 170 for the RTX 3060), but this number does not tell everything, and it is necessary to check how greedy these cards are in real conditions.

In addition, this card has the right to three future little sisters (A750, A580 and A380) that we expect to know.

The beginning of a small revolution?

So it will be very interesting to see the first benchmarks, while keeping in mind that this is a first draft. And that’s what makes these Arc cards interesting.

True, for now, Intel is still a wagon behind in the raw power field; Remember that the RTX 40X0 will be released on the exact day, which is October 12. But as the release, scheduled for October 12, approaches, a clear trend begins to emerge: Intel seems to have succeeded in designing a successful product, with a consistent technical sheet and above all very intelligently positioned in the current ecosystem. A full box that could be miraculous for the first generation.

So there is much to be happy about; As it stands, Intel’s graphics cards seem to be on their way to disrupting the sport in this traditionally hermetic ecosystem. If this new range achieves the success as promised, Intel could make a breakthrough in the high-end segment from the next generation, with cards able to stand up to the real Nvidia rockets.

So we give you an appointment in the middle of October to discover the first representatives of this range that can permanently shake the entire hardware ecosystem.

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