Today you are nobody in the world if you do not have your own GPU architecture, something that Intel has taken very seriously in the last three years in the development of its graphics architectures. Thus, one of the weaknesses of the company founded by Gordon Moore has been solved in recent times and after a long wait since we began to hear about the return of Intel to the world of graphics cards, so soon we will see the result.
The ARC Alchemist architecture will be composed of a type of Shader core called Xe Core. Which inside will have 128 ALU on FP32, a unit in the style of NVIDIA’s Tensor Core, but optimized for XeSS and with support for Ray Tracing. And is that Intel is going for the jugular of the company in green and will launch graphics cards for gaming that will compete in the mid-range against the RTX 3070, RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3060, and could even reach the RTX 3070 You.
ARC Alchemist GPUs are dated
The first generation of GPUs designed for gaming make use of the ARC Alchemist architecture, of which Intel has developed two different chips. The former called DG2-128 will be geared towards the entry-level to compete against the NVIDIA RTX 3050 and RX 6500 XT, but this is not in the interest of PC master race gamers.
It is the second chip that is of interest to the gaming market, since we are going to see it compete both in the low range of graphics cards for gaming and in the average. And what is the release date? Intel had plans to launch its new graphics cards in January 2022, however they have delayed them until the end of the quarter. That is to say, will be released in March. There is also talk that Intel has already distributed the first ARC Alchemist GPUs to graphics card manufacturers and assemblers, so we will have custom versions from manufacturers such as ASUS, GIGABYTE and many others.
These would be your technical specifications
With the release date of the ARC Alchemist for gaming, we are interested in knowing which models we will see in stores. At the moment we do not know the name that Intel is going to give them, but we do know the configurations that we are going to see.
Starting from the top of the range the first thing we come across is a GPU with a configuration of 32 Xe Cores, your bus is from 256 bits for your GDDR6 18 Gbps Y 16 GB capacity. As for speeds, these will oscillate between 2.2 and 2.5 GHz, while its consumption will be 225 W for desktop, although higher speed versions are expected thanks to the use of PCI Express power connectors that would allow them to reach the 275 W and even the 300 W of consumption. If we already talk about its version for laptops then its TDP will be between 120 and 150 W.
The same chip will serve to create two trimmed variants, the first with 24 Xe Cores, a 192 bit bus GDDR6 at 16 Gbps Y 12 GB capacity in your VRAM. Desktop graphics cards with such a configuration will have a TDP between 150 W and 200 W, while in laptops they will be among the 80 and 120 W. As for the last of the variants, we did not know it until now. At the moment only gaming laptops will be released and it has a configuration of 16 Xe Cores, a 128-bit bus and, therefore, of 8 GB memory.
Therefore, what Intel has in store justifies the premature moves of AMD and NVIDIA, because it plans to hit in all the segments and in one go. There is less for March.