Intel Arc desktop graphics playing cards are actual, and you’ll truly purchase one—if you happen to’re in China, and have a necessity for entry-level discrete GPU. The particular mannequin Intel is making accessible right now is the Arc A380, which can in all probability be the quickest choice within the “A300” sequence of Alchemist graphics playing cards.

Since this card is formally launched, there isn’t any must guess on the specs. Intel has put up a web page that lists all the related numbers. We’re taking a look at a DirectX 12 Ultimate-class GPU (which means it helps ray-tracing) with 8 Xe cores operating at 2GHz. Those 8 Xe cores translate to 128 ray-tracing accelerators and 1,024 FP32 shaders. An uncommon 96-bit reminiscence interface operating at 16 Gbps per pin connects 6GB of GDDR6 reminiscence to the GPU, providing whole reminiscence bandwidth of 192 GB/sec.

Comparing these specs to AMD’s similar-on-paper Radeon RX 6500 XT, the Intel card comes out properly forward in reminiscence bandwidth, however considerably behind in clock price. Of course, that 2GHz quantity is only a “base clock,” so there isn’t any telling how excessive the Arc A380 playing cards will enhance. We’re guessing in all probability not as excessive because the RX 6500 XT’s screaming 2.9GHz enhance clock, however the additional reminiscence bandwidth will in all probability propel Intel to some victories anyway.
Intel put up the press launch on its web site final night time, which was in all probability this morning in Chinese time. The blue group positions the cardboard as being meant for 1080p gaming at 60 FPS in eSports and MMORPG titles. Intel particularly names League of Legends, Moonlight Blade, Naraka: Bladepoint, and the confusingly-titled PUBG: Battlegrounds. Presumably the desktop A380 shall be considerably quicker than the laptop computer Arc A350M which we noticed examined beforehand, so it appears doubtless that efficiency in these video games will not be an issue, not less than with reasonable settings.
Intel guarantees playable efficiency in WoW, LoL, Overwatch, and extra. Naraka: Bladepoint on the far left.
At least, these are Intel’s official specs, however there’s already a companion card on the way in which, and we will check out it. Actually, you have already got; it is the cardboard pictured up above and down beneath. This particular Arc A380 card is from new Chinese vendor Gunnir, and the specs are somewhat completely different from Intel’s reference numbers.

Gunnir lists the “Intel Arc A380 Photon 6G OC” with the identical 8 Xe cores and 6GB of GDDR6 reminiscence that Intel specs, however the reminiscence is barely detuned to fifteen.5 Gbps whereas Gunnir truly lists the enhance clock for its card: 2,450MHz.

That may truly be fairly a bit larger than the inventory enhance of different A380 playing cards as a result of this mannequin, along with its lavish dual-fan cooler, sports activities an 8-pin energy connector—one thing that may in all probability be absent on different A380 playing cards given the 75W reference TBP. Gunnir specs its card for 92W TBP, making the 8-pin connector considerably wonderful overkill, however as we are saying, overkill is the most effective kill.
This comically-blurred picture provides a very good have a look at the show outs on the Gunnir card.

The A380 playing cards have one other benefit over the Radeon RX 6500 XT, too: 4 show connections. The tiny Radeon often solely has two show outs. Meanwhile, Intel’s spec web page does not mandate what sort of connections they must be, nevertheless it lists 4 show outputs in both DP 2.0 or HDMI 2.1 kind. Gunnir’s card has three DisplayPort connections and a single HDMI port, a lot as you’d discover on a higher-end GeForce or Radeon card, though curiously, the HDMI port is outwardly simply rev 2.0. No phrase on the capabilities of the DisplayPort connections.

The Radeon RX 6500 XT comparability is related as a result of the urged retail worth for the Gunnir A380 Photon 6G OC card is 1099 RMB, or about $160 USD. That places it in direct competitors with AMD’s card, in addition to the older GeForce GTX 16xx playing cards. That does not imply it is going to be priced like that when these playing cards come to the west, after all, nevertheless it’s a good wager.

If you are Intel trustworthy, or just wish to get one among these to check it like we do, you may want a contact in China, for now. It appears just like the playing cards are solely being formally launched there right now. Intel says that A380 playing cards from acquainted companions like Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte will come to different areas later this summer time.