Intel will be launching its maiden discrete GPU lineup towards the end of the month (or early next month) to challenge NVIDIA/AMD in the budget market segments. Only three SKUs will be launched this quarter, namely the A380, A580, and the A750 for mainstream gamers. Unfortunately, the top-end A780 GPU won’t hit retail anytime soon, and enthusiasts will have to wait a few more months to test Raja’s latest designs at 1440p and 4K.
|GPU||Comparable GPU||MSRP||Expected Release Date|
|A750||RTX 3060||$350||End of May – Early June|
|A580||RTX 3050||$280||End of May – Early June|
|A380||GTX 1650||$150||Tentatively July|
|Sales Embargo for ARC for Desktop||May 15th to June 30th|
The A750 will have a sticker price of $350 and trade blows against the GeForce RTX 3060 which is currently priced a bit under $400 in the US market. The A580 will fight the RTX 3050 with an MSRP of $280, $20 more than the latter’s starting price on Newegg and Microcenter. Finally, we have the A380 which will tackle the massively popular GTX 1650 at an MSRP of $150, making it a potential gamechanger for entry-level players. The GTX 1650 is currently going for an overinflated price of $200.
Of course, there’s a catch. Intel graphics drivers are absolute trash and make most games a stuttering mess. The chipmaker has promised regular updates to address performance issues but the jury is still out on that. There’s also the matter of pricing which has been a major issue for gamers for a while now. A limited supply will result in restrictive pricing which may be offset by average demand.