Intel ARC Alchemist High-End and entry-level graphics card pictured, Xe-HPG GPU-powered designs for gamers

Intel’s ARC Alchemist graphics card images, which include high-end and entry-level Xe-HPG GPU-based models, have been leaked by Moore’s Law is Dead. Especially the high-end graphics card is the more interesting of the two, as we also get a glimpse of its PCB in close to final form.

Intel ARC Alchemist graphics card pictured, includes high-end and entry-level Xe-HPG GPU design

MLID had already shared the first PCB images of ARC Alchemist’s advanced graphics card as it was still in the early construction phase. Earlier this month, he also shared new renderings that showed the advanced ARC Alchemist wrap design in detail. Now MLID has leaked both the advanced and the finished design to Intel ARC Alchemist’s advanced graphics card with up to 32 Xe Cores and also reproductions of the entry-level part with up to 8 Xe Cores.

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Intel ARC Alchemist High-End Graphics Card PCB Images (Image Credits: MLID):

Starting with the design, the advanced graphics card has a design similar to what we saw in the renderings, but now it looks more polished with reflective silver colors and two 9-blade fans that have the right Intel logos. The PCB has undergone a major change since the last time we saw it in the prototype stage. As this is close to its final design, the PCB color has been upgraded to black and the size itself has become shorter. The power connectors are no longer on the back, but on the sides of the card, and the high-end variant uses an 8 + 6 pin configuration for a maximum power consumption of 300W. The other fan blows mostly air through the aluminum heat sink as it extends beyond the circuit board. There should also be a back plate on the card, but it is not shown in these pictures.

Intel ARC Alchemist Entry Level Graphics (Image Credits: MLID):

The entry-level Intel ARC Alchemist graphics card reminds me of the Xe-LP SDV. The rendered design is said to be based on the real thing that MLID can not show right now. The card has a compact design with a dual-slot form factor and can have a single 6-pin connector to boot. The card has four screen outputs (3 DP + 1 HDMI). MLID also states that AIBs are desperate for a low-end graphics card solution to tackle the GeForce GTX 16 series, which is expensive and supply problems have made prices even worse. With an entry-level ARC Alchemist graphics card, it might just have the potential to disrupt the low-end desktop GPU segment.

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Intel Xe-HPG 512 EU ARC Alchemist graphics card

The best Alchemist 512 EU variant has only one configuration listed so far, and which utilizes the full array of 4096 cores, 256-bit bus interface and up to 16 GB of GDDR6 memory with a 16 Gbps clock, although 18 Gbps can not be ruled out as pr. the rumor.

The Alchemist 512 EU chip is expected to measure around 396 mm2, making it larger than the AMD RDNA 2 and NVIDIA Ampere offerings. The Alchemist -512 GPU comes in the BGA-2660 package, which measures 37.5 mm x 43 mm. NVIDIA’s Ampere GA104 measures 392 mm2, which means that the flagship Alchemist chip is comparable in size, while the Navi 22 GPU measures 336 mm2 or about 60 mm2 smaller. This is not the final size of the chip, but it should be very close.

NVIDIA packs in tensor cores and much larger RT / FP32 cores in its chips, while AMD RDNA 2 chips pack a single-beam accelerator unit per second. CU and Infinity Cache. Intel will also have dedicated hardware on board its Alchemist GPUs for Raytracing & AI-assisted super-sampling technology.

The Xe-HPG Alchemist 512 EU chip is suggested to have clocks at around 2.2 – 2.5 GHz, although we do not know if these are the average clocks or the maximum boost clocks. Let’s assume that this is the maximum clock speed, in which case the card will deliver up to 18.5 TFLOP’s FP32 calculation, which is 40% more than the RX 6700 XT, but 9% lower than the NVIDIA RTX 3070.

It is also stated that Intel’s original TDP target was 225-250W, but it has been raised to around 275W now. We can also expect a 300W variant with two 8-pin connectors if Intel wants to push its watches even further. In either case, we can expect the final model to rock an 8 + 6-legged config. That reference design was also leaked a while back by MLID. It is also a custom lineup that is being worked on by Intel’s AIB partners.

Intel ARC Alchemist vs NVIDIA GA104 & AMD Navi 22 GPUs

GPU name Alchemist DG-512 NVIDIA GA104 AMD Navi 22
Architecture Vehicle HPG Ampere RDNA 2
Process Node TSMC 6nm Samsung 8nm TSMC 7nm
Flagship product ARC (TBA) GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Radeon RX 6700 XT
Raster motor 8 6 2
FP32 cores 32 cores 48 SM units 40 calculation units
FP32 devices 4096 6144 2560
FP32 Compute ~ 16 TFLOPs 21.7 TFLOPs 12.4 TFLOPs
TMUs 256 192 160
ROPs 128 96 64
RT cores 32 RT devices 48 RT cores (V2) 40 RA devices
Tensor colors 512 XMX colors 192 Tensor Cores (V3) REACH
Tensor Compute ~ 131 TFLOPs FP16
~ 262 TOP INT8
87 TFLOPs FP16
174 TOPS INT8
25 TFLOPs FP16
50 TOP INT8
L2 cache TBA 4 MB 3 MB
Additional cache 16 MB Smart Cache? REACH 96 MB Infinity Cache
Memory bus 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit
Memory capacity 16 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6X 16 GB GDDR6
Launch 1st quarter 2022 2nd quarter 2021 1st quarter 2021

Intel Xe-HPG 128 EU ARC Alchemist graphics card

So finally we have the Intel Xe-HPG Alchemist 128 EU parts. The top configuration is again a full-fat SKU with 1024 cores, a 64-bit bus interface and up to 8 GB of GDDR6 memory. The cut-off variant comes with 96 EUs or 768 cores and a 4 GB GDDR6 memory across a 64-bit bus interface. The chip will also have a clock speed of around 2.2 – 2.5 GHz and has a power consumption of less than 75 W, which means that we will look at plug-in graphics cards for the entry-level segment.

Performance is expected to land between the GeForce GTX 1650 and GTX 1650 SUPER, but with raytracing features. A major advantage that Intel could have over AMD and Intel is that with these cards they can enter the US market under $ 250, which has been completely abandoned in the current generation of cards. The GeForce RTX 3050 series has only gotten a portable release so far with the RTX 3060 serving the entry-level Ampere segment for $ 329 US, while the RX 6600 is expected to be AMD’s entry-level solution for around $ 300 US.

This GPU will be very similar to the DG1 GPU-based discrete SDV card, but Alchemist will have a more improved architecture design and definitely more performance enhancement compared to the first generation Xe GPU architecture. This lineup will definitely be aimed at the discreet beginner-level desktop market based on the specifications.

Intel Xe-HPG-based discrete Alchemist GPU configurations:

GPU variant Graphics card variant GPU dies Execution units Shadow units (cores) Memory capacity Memory bus TGP
Xe-HPG 512EU ARC A *** Alchemist-512EU 512 EUs 4096 16/8 GB GDDR6 256-bit 225-275W?
Vehicle HPG 384EU ARC A *** Alchemist-512EU 384 EUs 3072 12/6 GB GDDR6 192-bit 225-275W?
Vehicle HPG 256EU ARC A *** Alchemist-512EU 256 EUs 2048 8/4 GB GDDR6 128-bit 150-200W?
Vehicle HPG 192EU ARC A *** Alchemist-512EU 192 EUs 1536 4 GB GDDR6 128-bit 150-200W?
Xe-HPG 128EU ARC A *** Alchemist-128EU 128 EUs 1024 8/6/4 GB GDDR6 96/64-bit 50-75W?
Vehicle HPG 96EU ARC A *** Alchemist-128EU 86 EUs 768 8/6/4 GB GDDR6 96/64-bit 50-75W?

Based on the timeline, the Xe-HPG Alchemist series will compete with NVIDIA’s Ampere & AMD RDNA 2 GPUs, as both companies are not expected to launch their next-generation parts by the end of 2022. NVIDIA and AMD are expected to release updates in early 2022, so it may give Intel’s new lineup some competition, but based on current performance expectations, the update may not bring drastic performance differences to the lineup. The Xe-HPG ARC GPUs will also come to the mobility platform and will be featured in Alder Lake-P notebooks.

What do you want to see in Intel’s ARC Alchemist Gaming graphics card range?

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