At least three board partners to participate in Alchemist launch
A story that went a little under the radar, the Big Tree board partners are to launch custom Alchemist GPUs, sources in China claim.
As suspected, MyDrivers did not have any source to sustain their claim. Intel had forced them to remove the original articles and provide the following update:
A bit more information in regard to the recent Raja Koduri (Intel) interview has been published by Chinese media. According to MyDrivers and ZOL, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI are all manufacture graphics cards based on the Intel Arc Alchemist GPU series. What is not said is whether this means custom solutions or just participation in the reference design launch.
Currently there are OEM factories including ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte and others that will launch Intel Arc discrete graphics cards, hoping to develop more business opportunities together in the discrete graphics technology and graphics card market.
So far we have not heard anything about Gigabyte being interested in Intel Arc GPUs, but ASUS and MSI have been pretty much confirmed at this point. ASUS has already launched a custom Iris Xe (DG1) solution featuring a single-slot passive design, confirming that they have been working closely in regard to Intel Xe GPU architectures. Furthermore, our sources confirm that MSI has been approached by Intel in regard to DG2-based GPUs. Noted, we have not heard whether MSI has agreed to participate, but assuming that the stories published by the Chinese media are true, the decision had been made.
In an interview with Japanese media ASCII, Raja Koduri said that there should be differentiation among ODMs (Original Design Manufacturers) when it comes to Intel Arc Alchemist GPUs. This either means fully custom or semi-custom solutions based on Intel Arc reference design.
ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte are among companies that launch Intel and AMD motherboards, but also AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards. It was expected that those PC hardware manufacturers would also be interested in launching Intel Arc GPUs, considering how closely all companies already work with each other.