Intel launched its 1st Gen Arc Alchemist GPUs for notebooks and high-performance laptops a while back, at least on paper. The desktop lineup is expected to land sometime between June and August with promises of ushering in high-end ray-tracing hardware for the masses. According to the latest rumors, it will consist of a total of seven SKUs, from the flagship Arc A770 to the entry-level A310.
The Arc A770 will be based on the full-fledged ACM-G10 die with 32 Xe Cores (4,096 shaders) and a 16GB GDDR6 memory buffer connected via a 256-bit bus. There will be an 8GB variant as well. Below the A770, we have the A750 and the A580. The former will pack 24 Xe-Cores or 3,072 shaders with 12GB of GDDR6 memory across a 192-bit bus while the latter will be cut down to 16 Xe-cores (2,048 FP32 ALUs) and an 8GB VRAM buffer.
Finally, at the bottom of the stack, we have the A350 and the A380. The A310 remains a bit of a mystery at this point, so I’ll ignore it. The A300s are going to battle NVIDIA’s RTX 3050 and 2060. Expect 4-8GB of GDDR6 memory paired with a 64 to 96-bit bus along with 4-8 Xe cores (512-1,024 FP32 cores). Here’s a rough comparison of the future GPU market hierarchy:
- Arc A770 vs RTX 3060 Ti/3070: RTX 4060 may destroy both with a late 2022 launch.
- Arc A750 vs RTX 3060: Both should stay relevant till the RTX 4050 launches in 2023.
- Arc A580 vs RTX 3060.
- Arc A380 vs RTX 2060.
- Arc A350 vs RTX 3050.