Intel Discrete GPU – Alchemist: Release Date, Specifications, Price, and Performance
New ARC Brand and Discreet GPU Launch
Intel is set to bring its first-ever discrete gaming GPU to the market in 20 years. Codenamed Alchemist the new Intel GPU was earlier referred DG2.
According to the leaks, the Intel Graphics card will unveil in the second half of 2022.
Alchemist will be the first offering from the new brand “ARC”.
Specifications and Details
The Intel GPU will be based on the Xe-HPG architecture. Intel is expected to release three new Graphics cards A300, A500, and A700. The A300 will be the entry-level GPU that will use the DG-2 128, DG-2 384, DG-2 512.
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The Graphics card will come with the GDDR6 VRAM and will have support for DirectX 12 ultimate. Additionally, the GPU will support the XeSS (Xe Super Sampling) that is similar to the Nvidia DLSS.
Besides, Intel has shared and demonstrated some of the aspects like – variable-rate shading, video upscaling, AI-accelerated game supersampling, and mesh shading piquing.
The Alchemist will support Direct X12 Ultimate. The two main features the GPU offer are XeSS and Ray Tracing support.
Intel Alchemist ARC Performance
According to a GeekBench submission, the top-of-the-line ARC 700 has a 2.4 Ghz clock speed and will offer 20 TFLOPS of performance. The Open CL score for the Alchemist is close to 85,450 and in line with the Nvidia RTX 2070 and about 30% slower than the RTX 3070. But this is just a synthetic benchmark we will have to see how the GPU performance in the real world scenario.
As per some of the leaks it can actually be on par with the RTX 3070 when it come to gaming performance.
Power efficiency is the priority in any graphics card, and the same is applicable to Intel’s upcoming Alchemist. According to Raja Koduri, they are working on different frequencies, voltages, and choices to find the perfect balance.
Intel ARC GPU’s Roadmap and Details:
Intel has shared the Roadmap for the development of new Graphics cards starting with Alchemist in Q1 2022, followed by Battlemage, Celestial, and Druid in the coming years.
The Graphics cards will not only be made by Intel but will be available from top brands like Asus, Gigabyte, etc in the future.
On the other hand, Intel assures that they will take good care that the buyers will not face any shortage due to any reason.
Concluding Thoughts: Intel ARC Graphics Card
At a time when the GPU prices are sky-high, Intel is entering the market. It may benefit the users with more choices and may help revive the PC gaming market.
In addition, Intel has been putting a lot of effort into the Xe graphics for the last two years. We have seen significant improvement in the Graphics performance for the onboard Xe Graphics cards in the Intel 11th Gen laptops and 12th Gen laptops.
The Graphics card market is a duopoly for ages and Intel is finally gearing in a big way to break into the segment.
Also, Intel poached Raja Koduri from AMD to head the development of discreet graphics cards at Intel. He has been pivotal to AMD GPU strategy and we can expect good products from Intel. The new ARC-based graphics card aims to focus mainly on gamers and creators.
Intel is also on a hiring spree to have more Game Developers offer Day Zero drivers for games. Apart from the Hardware, it is an uphill task for the brand to optimize the game drivers for the graphics card which has taken AMD and Nvidia years to master.
Intel has recently launched the 12th Gen laptop processors that rival AMD 6000 series and Apple M1 Max.
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Written By Heena Makwana and Edited By Kanuj Sharma