Sparkle Genie series expanding
More Arc A3 GPUs from Sparkle.
Sparkle is speed running its comeback into the GPU market with a slew of new models currently being unveiled. The company is readying the launch of its Genie consumer series, which should not be confused with the previously showcased Industrial Low-Profile models under the ‘Genie’ label. It appears that the previous slide was showing the wrong design.
It turns out that Genie constitutes a distinct line of products aimed at consumers, featuring the company’s signature blue color scheme, as seen in the TITAN, ORC, and ELF series, which are offered with more capable Arc SKUs.
The forthcoming Genie models, namely the Arc A380 and A310 GPUs, will boast a design characterized by both low-profile and dual-fan features. The key difference between the Genie and Industrial designs pertains to their thickness – Genie adopts a dual-slot configuration, whereas the Industrial variant maintains a single-slot appearance. Additionally, there’s a shift towards a more consumer-friendly display support system, which includes one HDMI and two Mini-DP connectors, a departure from the earlier four Mini-DP setup.
Arc A380 and A310 stand as entry-level models, housing the ACM-G11 GPU equipped with either 8 or 6 Xe-Cores. However, it’s important to note that these models aren’t meant to compete directly with NVIDIA and AMD offerings, as they feature a 128-bit memory bus and greater memory capacity. The Arc A3 models rely on memory configurations of 6GB/96-bit or 4GB/64-bit.
One standout capability of Arc GPUs is their robust video encoding capability. Many gamers invested in the A380 GPU last year to serve as a companion video encoder for their streaming setups – an economical alternative to acquiring much pricier ADA/RDNA3 cards at launch. However, with the release of more affordable GPUs from these competitors, the Arc A380 might no longer appear as a cost-effective option.