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.
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.
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.