Intel Arc Alchemist desktop discrete graphics cards now rumored to launch in March 2022

Published: 30th Dec 2021, 08:19 GMT   Comments

Please note that this post is tagged as a rumor.

Intel Arc still coming in Q1 2022

According to a report from Board Channels forums, Intel Arc discrete GPU series should now be expected in March. 

Intel desktop Arc Alchemist graphics cards, Source: Moore’s Law is Dead

While we await an update from Intel on their Arc Alchemist series, the rumor mill surely hasn’t slowed down for a minute. The highly anticipated launch of Intel’s first high-performance discrete GPUs should not be expected till March this year, this latest rumor appears to suggest.

Intel already confirmed that it will launch its Arc GPUs in the first quarter of next year, but the company has never confirmed whether that applies to mobile or desktop GPUs. The latest report from board channels does actually not mention desktop GPUs, but the two models being mentioned in the post are being compared to NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3060 Ti respectively.

According to the report, Intel would launch two SKUs initially, the 16GB version with 512 Execution Units and 12GB model featuring 384 Execution Units.

Rumored Intel Arc release date, Source: Board Channels

Intel is now expected to launch at least three variants of its discrete desktop Arc models. The flagship SKU now rumored to be called Arc A780 could feature as many as 4096 shading units and 16GB GDDR6 memory. This model with a power consumption estimated at 225W could compete directly with NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti, soon to be upgraded to 16GB memory as well. The 384EU model, possibly part of the Arc 500 series, would feature 3072 shading units and 12GB GDDR6 memory. This configuration would match Radeon RX 6700XT/RTX 3060 offering from Intel competitors.

The company is expected to provide an update on its Arc Alchemist GPUs during CES 2022 press conference, now scheduled for January 4th.

RUMORED Intel Arc Alchemist Desktop Gaming Specifications
VideoCardzArc A780 (?)Arc A5?? (?)Arc A350 (?)
ArchitectureIntel Xe-HPGIntel Xe-HPGIntel Xe-HPG
Fabrication NodeTSMC N6TSMC N6TSMC N6
GPUDG2-512EUDG2-512EUDG2-128EU
Execution Units
 
512
 
384
 
96-128
FP3 Cores
 
4096
 
3072
 
768-1024
Memory Configuration
 
16GB GDDR6
 
12GB GDDR6
 
4GB GDDR6
Memory Bus
 
256-bit
 
192 bit
 
64 bit (?)
Typical Board Power
 
~225W
TBC
 
~75W

Source: Board Channels (registration required) via Wccftech




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