When it comes to discussing which company produces the best graphics card for your gaming PC, Intel probably wouldn’t even cross your mind, but that could all change in 2022. The company is set to take on both AMD and Nvidia this year, with its first generation Arc Alchemist GPUs.
Intel has managed to keep its Alchemist cards mostly under wraps, but this hasn’t stopped benchmarks and spec sheets leaking ahead of the official launch date. First revealed in August, team blue was expected to pull back the curtain on its Xe-HPG based graphics cards during CES 2022, but unfortunately didn’t share even a crumb of new details.
Alchemist GPUs face stiff competition from the likes of Nvidia’s RTX 3000 and AMD’s RX 6000 cards, but the rumoured 2022 launches of RTX 4000 and RDNA 3 loom large on the horizon. Regardless of how they end up performing, XeSS should help spice up proceedings against competing upscaling technologies like Nvidia DLSS and AMD FSR.
Here’s everything we know about Intel’s Arc Alchemist GPUs:
Intel Arc Alchemist GPU release date
Intel confirmed, via a tweet from the Intel Graphics Twitter account, that its Arc Alchemist desktop GPUs will arrive in Q2 of 2022, whereas notebook versions will arrive in Q1. This confirms suspicions that the company has delayed its discrete graphics cards, meaning we could see Arc Alchemist go up against Nvidia GeForce RTX 4000.
Intel Arc Alchemist GPU price
Intel has kept quiet regarding the price of its Arc Alchemist graphics cards, and there haven’t been any leaks that might give us a hint at any kind of MSRP. However, we do know that Intel is working with board partners like Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI to provide multiple variants of its GPUs, something that should help facilitate a variety of price points.
Intel Arc Alchemist GPU specs
Arc Alchemist cards will be the first Intel components built with the company’s Xe-HPG (Xe-High Performance Graphics) architecture, otherwise known as ‘DG2’. They’ll support ray tracing, and will supposedly use XeSS (Xe Super Sampling) to boost fps higher than competing AMD and Nvidia GPUs using the same upscaling solution.
Recent leaks from SiSoftware suggest there will be three performance tiers in the Arc Alchemist lineup: A300, A500, and A700. The entry-level A300 cards will likely use the DG2-128 GPU die, whereas the A500 series will use a more the more powerful DG2-384, with the A700 lineup using the most powerful DG2-512.
Intel Arc Alchemist GPU benchmarks
Initial reports indicate that the Intel A500 or A700 Arc GPU will rival the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070. We have, however, seen some leaks that indicate that the Intel A380 performs similarly to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super.
However, like all leaks, these benchmarks should be taken with a grain of salt, especially ones that arrive well before Alchemist’s release date. As soon as we get our hands on Intel’s GPUs, we’ll be happy to share our frame rate graphs and other findings.