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Intel reveals its most powerful graphics card, when will it arrive?

While we wait for more concrete data on the future RTX 40 from NVIDIA and RX 7000 from AMD, Intel is already, hopefully, on the final ramp of the launch of its graphics cards for PCs. The most important of them being ARC Alchemist A770which will offer a performance between the 3060 Ti and the 3070. Well, we have finally been able to have its complete specifications, which allows us to get an idea of ​​its performance.

One of the things that we have very clear is that you are going to see few ARC Alchemist graphics cards in stores to be able to mount on your PCs. So, what interest can the ARC Alchemist A770 have for the general public? Well, the fact that Intel has kept the initial launch to itself with plans to launch custom models from various brands by the end of the year. The idea is to take advantage of the Christmas campaign and the fact that NVIDIA will go for the high end initially, like AMD. However, where we will see the ARC Alchemist the most will be in pre-built systems of various brands.

The specifications of the ARC Alchemist A770 in full

Until now, the specifications that we knew of the main chip of the A770 were partial and limited to the following:

  • 32 GPU cores (Xe-Cores) with 4096 ALUs in FP32 (equivalent to CUDA Cores) and 16,384 ALUs in XMX units (Tensor type). The figures are the total units across the entire GPU and not per core.
  • 32 units for Ray Tracing
  • 128 units of textures.
  • 256-bit bus with video memory, which is of the GDDR6 type.

Of course, what we were missing is the information on consumption and clock speeds, since the only thing we had is that the card will use two connectors, one 8-pin and one 6-pin. Of course, this helps us to know what is the maximum theoretical consumption that a graphics card can take, but not its actual consumption. As well, the ARC Alchemist A770 in Boost mode exceeds 2.4 GHz of with a consumption of 285W of TDP. However, at standard speed it has a 190W consumption. This leaves it well below other top-of-the-range graphics cards, but Intel has not wanted to go against that segment. In any case, the figures are better than what we gave you a few days ago and the chip seems to be more efficient in theory or. Although we hope to have one in our hands to analyze it.

At the moment the clock speeds are unknown. Although we must start from the fact that it is the same chip as the A770M that has a TDP of 130 W and reaches 1650 MHz. Therefore, the standard speed of the desktop version is in an intermediate figure. In any case, we must bear in mind that this parameter fluctuates depending on the level of workload that the GPU has at any given time.

Not compatible with Ethereum?

This may be great news for those who have a grudge against mining for its effects on graphics card availability and price. Well, it turns out that after testing the ARC A380 they have realized that it cannot be used to mine Ethereum. Will the same thing happen with the ARC Alchemist A770? Let’s hope so.

In any case, what concerns us now is the release date and its availability to the public. The fact that it is a limited edition makes us think of what we call a Paper Launch. That is to say, extremely limited units and most of the people with the same face as in the end of Welcome Mr. Marshall.

And from here we give Intel a little slap on the wrist. Is this marketing campaign and the way it is planned worth it? While it is true that NVIDIA and AMD do the same by releasing information with droppers, what we are seeing in the case of the A770 is a graphics card that seems finished, but that we cannot get our hands on due to alleged problems with the drivers.

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