The surreal situation that Intel is currently experiencing with its graphics cards is something that we have not seen until now. And it is that after three delays now comes a new leak that indicates something even more extravagant and that adds to the equation: the presentation of a graphics card with a name ARC A310 that would come to compete with the AMD RX 6400 in the mud, that is, in the entry range. Why compete there?
Go ahead, we are in the field of pure speculation, but given the leaker’s success story, it seems that it could finally be a reality in not too long. Intel’s script twist is linked to that of NVIDIA and AMD, at least in part, because only then is it understood that the blue giant is going to launch a graphics card with such extremely low potential.
Intel ARC A310, the smallest of the entire series rears its head
The official and silent launch of AMD with its RX 6400 has a quick response from information leakers who have data on Intel. Although NVIDIA seems not going to make a move and is not in the least impressed by what AMD is doing (perhaps because they are aware of the downward price trend of GPUs) but Intel is another matter.
The fact that it will presumably not be able to compete in the high-end segment with its rivals, it seems that it wants to take everything it can from the bottom and that implies a change in strategy that would have been forced by the inclusion of the smallest of AMD’s GPUs. .
What we would have in our hands is precisely a graphics card with a chip ACM-G11 limited that would depart from the A350 except that with 4 or 6 Xe-Coreswhich significantly reduces its performance if we take into account that the chip in its full configuration houses 8.
Benefits too low?
And it is that this ARC A310 would have between 64 and 96 EUs which would give us a total shader count that would rise between 512 and 768. It is not much without a doubt, but they would be accompanied by an amazing bus of 64 bit that would put in evidence the intention of Intel to compete with the RX 6400 without major pretensions.
And it is that this chip has the possibility of offering 96 bits of memory bus thanks to its memory controllers, but that would be in its full configuration, which would imply more VRAM and that is not where the shots really go.
For this reason and due to this bus are assigned 4 GB of GDDR6 VRAM memory, which matches AMD’s option. It seems that Intel’s move is not only in response to the RX 6400 as such, but that this GPU would come directly from the A330M for laptops, so Intel would take advantage of a greater volume of chips and wafers to offer two very similar GPUs, if not the same directly for two different markets, achieving a price per working chip lower than what AMD could offer.
If this is true, it would be a very smart move by the blue team, they cover a range where only AMD is, they can sell at a competitive price and at a higher volume that would make the investment and deployment of their GPU with ARC architecture for laptops more profitable.