Intel Arc A770 and Arc A750 to launch ‘very soon’, flagship GPU officially faster than RTX 3060/RX6600XT

Published: 5th Sep 2022, 16:12 GMT   Comments

Intel confirms Arc A770 and A750 will launch at the same time and very soon

In an interview with PC Games Hardware and Digital Foundry, Intel employees Tom Petersen and Ryan Shrout confirmed that the official desktop launch will include two models.

Arc A770 faster than RTX 3060 and RX 6600XT

Marketing slides aside, Petersen finally confirmed what everyone wanted to know, exactly how fast is the flagship Arc A770 GPU. In terms of performance, A770 will sit in between GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti GPUs, it will also be faster than Radeon RX 6600XT. Arc Alchemist GPUs will offer similar ray tracing performance to NVIDIA Ampere architecture, but one thing is clear, Arc A770 is not targeting RTX 3070 performance.

Don’t expect dramatic change in performance

Interestingly, Petersen admitted that Intel Arc A-Series “can’t really change dramatically on performance”. If there are any improvements, those will be small. The company can’t change the cost of GPUs, but the company can control the price, and that’s where A-series will be competitive in terms of performance.

Source: PC Games Hardware

A770 confirmed with 16GB and 8GB memory

Intel clarified that A770 SKU supports both 8GB and 16GB configurations, while the Limited Edition will only be available in 16GB config. The A750 is also confirmed to be 8GB. This means that board partners may launch A770 with 8GB if they choose to.

“If you don’t have ReBAR stick with other vendor”

Intel is working on driver optimizations for systems that lack ReBAR support, but general advice from Petersen for old platform users, is to stick with other vendors. Intel Arc GPUs are optimized for large copy operations (burst transactions). Unfortunately, this also means that Arc is not optimized for small transactions. As a result, Arc GPUs loose almost 40% performance when used without ReBAR and this is unlikely to change for 1st Gen Arc GPUs (Alchemist), but Intel is working to reduce this issue with future architectures.

Source: Digital Foundry

Launch of A770 & A750 very soon, but limited in quantity and only in some countries

Tom Petersen confirmed A770 and A750 Limited Edition cards (Intel reference design) will be available from Intel website at launch. The company is planning to launch their design alongside custom cards from board partners at the same time. Tom did not confirm which AIBs are working with Intel, but Intel reached out to ‘all of them’. Furthermore, this upcoming launch will include ‘key countries’, and Germany is confirmed to be one of them.

Arc delays and remorse

Intel admitted that launching Ar A3 series in China first was generally not the best idea, and it didn’t work at all. The company overestimated the fact that some media outlets would be willing to ship whole systems from China just to test one GPU. Petersen admitted that delays were not a result of supply constraints, but rather lack of readiness.

Both interviews are filled with information on Arc architecture, XeSS, DirectStorage or ray tracing. If any of those topics is of interest to you, make sure to watch both videos below.

RUMORED Intel Desktop ARC Alchemist Series Specifications
VideoCardz.comArc A770Arc A750Arc A580Arc A380Arc A310
GPUACM-G10ACM-G10ACM-G10ACM-G11ACM-G11
Xe Cores
 
32
 
28
 
16
 
8
 
4
FP32 Cores
 
4096
 
3584
 
2048
 
1024
 
512
GPU Clock
 
2.5 GHz
TBCTBCTBC
 
2.0 GHz
Memory Size
 
16 & 8GBGB GDDR6
 
8GB GDDR6
 
8GB GDDR6
 
6GB GDDR6
 
4GB GDDR6
Memory Bus
 
256-bit
 
256-bit
 
128-bit
 
96-bit
 
64-bit
Memory Clock
 
15.5 Gbps
TBCTBC
 
15.5 Gbps
TBC
TBP
 
225W
TBCTBC
 
75W
 
75W
MSRP$349-$399$279-$349$200-$2491030 CNY
$129-$139
~$99
Launch DateVery SoonVery SoonLaterReleased in JuneUnknown

Source: PC Games Hardware

[PCGH Benchmarks & Analysis] Full Interview with Intel about Arc GPUs: Performance, Pricing, XeSS, ReBAR, DirectStorage, Drivers (1,229 views)

Source: Digital Foundry

[Digital Foundry] DF Direct Special: Inside Intel Arc - What's Happening With GPUs, XeSS and Ray Tracing? (105,836 views)



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