Intel is building dedicated gaming graphics cards coming out in the 1st quarter of 2022, and we may have just gotten our first look at the big one, the Arc Alchemist. Here are some leaked photos from YouTuber Moore’s Law is Dead (via Video card):
Arc is Intel’s new GPU brand, designed to compete with Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon, and Arc Alchemist is the first GPU in the company’s roadmap that is actually scheduled to be released. The company had previously built the Intel DG1 to test the GPU waters, but it was a relatively weak card, based on the Xe LP (low-power) graphics architecture, and consumers could not actually buy it. This new card is part of Intel’s Xe HPG roadmap (high-power / gaming) and is said to deliver performance equivalent to an Nvidia RTX 3070 thanks to 512 execution units (EUs) and 16 GB of GDDR6 memory.
Leaks suggest that Intel may also have more variants of its “DG2” GPU on the way, including lighter versions with 448EUs, 384EUs, 256EUs or as few as 128EUs for an entry level GPU. Even that would be significantly more than the number of graphics clusters that Intel has typically integrated into its own CPUs.