Sparkle debuts A310 ELF in the US
This is the first consumer A310 to reach the US market.
The Arc A310 was initially intended as an OEM component, primarily targeted at the Chinese market, with limited availability for DIY sales. Sparkle, a brand that has recently re-entered the GPU market in an exclusive partnership with Intel, has taken the initiative to introduce this GPU through Newegg.
The Sparkle Arc A310 ELF represents the most basic offering within the company’s product lineup. Equipped with just 6 Xe-Cores and a 64-bit memory bus supporting 4GB of capacity, it’s clearly not designed for gaming purposes. However, the Arc A3 series does have support for AV1 encoding, making it a valuable companion for primary GPUs that might not require an immediate upgrade.
Regrettably, the current listing price for this card stands at $109.99, which is somewhat less than favorable. Gamers can readily find the RX 6500 XT, often considered the entry-level GPU benchmark for review comparisons. The 6500 XT is already 10-40% faster (depending on the test) than the Arc A380, which employs a full ACM-G11 configuration with 8 Xe-Cores. Given that the A310 features only 6 Xe-Cores, it’s evident that it will be even slower.
What’s noteworthy is that this design differs from the one that was leaked in August, which featured a dual-fan configuration. Instead, the current offering boasts a single-fan Mini-ITX design, resembling the A380 ELF cooler.
It’s worth mentioning that this A310 isn’t technically the first A310 available in the US market. Matrox offers a professional LUMA video card based on the same SKU. However, it serves a different purpose, intended for driving multi-display support and designed for fanless operation in embedded systems, such as medical applications and video walls.