Intel’s Xe ARC Alchemist graphics cards may be delayed to the second quarter of 2022. This has been reported by multiple sources on Twitter, and we have been able to more or less confirm the same against our sources as well. The shortage of hardware components is being stated as the reason for the delay, although no finer details are available at the time.
Intel’s Xe graphics cards were originally slated to launch in the first half of 2021, so this delay doesn’t come as a surprise. Either way, it looks like if you were looking to take advantage of Intel’s Xe graphics cards, you’ll have to wait another quarter at the very least.
Intel’s 1st Gen Xe ARC graphics cards are expected to compete in the budget and upper midrange market. We’re looking at competitors to the popular GTX 1650/1650Ti as well as the moderately powerful GeForce RTX 3070/3070 Ti. However, if NVIDIA launches the RTX 30 Super series shortly afterward, the dynamics of the GPU market may change quite a bit. We’ll keep you updated as the story develops.