Intel’s Arc Alchemist graphics were largely ignored by gamers when they launched last year. After numerous price cuts and several dozen driver updates, the first-generation Arc GPUs look like reasonable picks. Mydrivers compared the performance of the Arc A750 using the launch driver (3433) and the most recent one (4973). We see nominal to substantial gains across a slew of recently launched games.
In eSports titles like Valorant and PUBG, we see an average performance uplift of 17% and 30%, respectively. The Arc A750 delivers lows of over 100 FPS in both titles, which can be the difference between victory and defeat.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Borderlands 3 get nominal upticks in average and low framerates, but not something that will impact your experience.
Gears of War 5 and F1 2022 delivered playable performance on the Arc A750 at launch. Gradual driver updates have optimized these titles for a silky smooth experience, averaging 89 FPS and 64 FPS, respectively. Compared to 2022, the racing simulator is 36% faster on the A750.
Metro Exodus, Cyberpunk 2077, and Alan Wake are the path-traced heavyweights of our time. The Arc A750 delivers a reasonable experience in all three titles, with recent driver updates further fine-tuning the performance. Alan Wake 2 is 13% faster on the A750 than the launch driver.
Intel’s XeSS upscaling is instrumental in delivering playable performance in ray-traced titles. However, the above graph indicates poor scaling (perhaps due to a CPU bottleneck at 1080p), and the lack of frame generation is strongly felt. This is even more important for the Xe-LPG iGPUs on the upcoming Meteor Lake processors.