Intel Arc A730M is barely faster than GeForce RTX 3050 in games
We might finally understand why Intel Arc A-series was delayed by so many months.
Following yesterday’s report demonstrating impressive on 3DMark Time Spy score featuring Intel Arc A730M GPU, today we learn more about actual gaming performance, and it’s a completely different story.
Weibo’s user “Golden Pig Upgrade” tested this high-end discrete mobile graphics card in a number of games, such as Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Metro Exodus, & F1 2020 at two resolutions. What is unclear at the moment is whether Intel DTT (Dynamic Tuning Technology) was enabled. For initial A350M tests, this technology has a massively negative impact on performance. So this could be the case with these benchmarks as well.
According to those results, the GPU is able to run Metro Exodus at 70 FPS 1080p and 55FPS 1440p both using High quality presets. Such performance is actually better than RTX 2070 (66 FPS 1080p on average), but not as good as RTX 3060 (80 FPS) based on gaming test from Notebookcheck.
In F1 2020, Arc A730M scores 123 FPS average at 1080p and 95 FPS at 1440p. For comparison, the RTX 3050 offers 120 FPS on average at 1080p High preset.
In games such as Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey the framerate 38 FPS and 32 FPS respectively.
The data shown in Intel Arc Control panel software indicates that the GPU has been running at 2050 MHz boost and 92W. Do note that this is Furmark test, so these metric almost certainly do not correspond to real-world use.
Unfortunately this level of performance is associated with entry-level NVIDIA RTX 3050/3060 GPUs. The Arc A730M may show its strength is synthetic tests, but sadly gaming performance is a completely different story. This unoptimized gaming performance could be the reason why we are still not seeing wider availability of Arc GPUs on the market.
Source: Golden Pig Upgrade (Weibo)