Intel Arc Alchemist engineering sample pictured
Here are some new photos of the desktop Arc Alchemist card. This is actually a third engineering sample to be pictured.
This sample is equipped with a black dual-fan cooling solution, the same that was already seen in the previous leaks. Furthermore, we now have a better look at the I/O bracket featuring three DisplayPort and one HDMI connector. Intel has pretty much confirmed that Arc will be the first architecture to support DisplayPort 2.0, therefore this might be the first DP2.0 card to be pictured (at least from this angle).
The PCB reveals that the card has up to eight memory modules, which means this is either the flagship 16GB model or a cut-down model 12GB (depending on how many are installed on the other side).
In terms of power, this card is equipped with 6-pin and 8-pin power connectors, but we can clearly see that there is room for dual 8-pin configuration should that ever be required.
Overall we can say that the card is a hybrid of the two previously pictured engineering samples, both of which were first shown by YouTuber Moore’s Law is Dead. The card has the same black shroud from the earlier model with extended green PCB, but at the same time, it appears to be using the updated board design just as the newer sample with a silver shroud (as pictured on the right side below).
Either way, it’s kind of interesting to see how the design changes over time, although we can’t see major upgrades to the design anymore. This suggests Intel should be ready to launch this new card soon, although if rumors are to be believed the flagship desktop Arc SKU might not launch until the second quarter.