Intel Arc graphics card spotted at Texas gaming tournament

Jimmy2x

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Highly anticipated: It's been nearly a year since Intel revealed Arc as the official branding for their upcoming graphics lineup. Since then, gamers and hardware enthusiasts have anxiously awaited a sneak peek at an actual sample of Intel's graphics solution. Intel rewarded attendees of this weekend's Intel Extreme Master (IEM) Pro gaming tournament for their patience with an up-close and personal view of the Arc Alchemist GPU in action.

The Arc "Special Edition" GPU on display at IEM gave attendees a preview of the upcoming Alchemist 700-series lineup. It did not specify if the board was based on their flagship A770 or A780 model intended to compete directly with Nvidia's 3070 and 3080 lineups.

The announcement was made via Twitter by Bryce_GfxDriverGuru, one of Intel's official Arc Community Advocates. The card is purported to feature 32 Intel Xe cores, 16GB of DDR6 RAM, and five outputs (four DisplayPort and one HDMI). However, information on potential prices and availability was still nowhere to be found.

The road to this point in Intel's desktop GPU journey has been anything but a smooth one. In 2021 the company announced that it would postpone desktop graphics until 2022. Last month it was delayed further, with the company citing factory lockdown and software issues as the primary causes. The delays continue to steal Intel's thunder in its ability to disrupt the GPU market's current two-party system.

Graphics card prices and availability have both improved over the last several weeks. In addition to improved market conditions, both companies have already begun building momentum around their next-generation graphics solutions. With its Arc GPUs targeting the current generations of red and green hardware, Intel will undoubtedly face an uphill battle to claim a seat at the desktop GPU table.

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defaultluser

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I'm going to laugh if Intel delays this until the August launch of Ada - if it does this will be one of the poorest selling new architecture launches since AMD's delayed and broken TeraScale
 
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QuaZulu

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I'm going to laugh if Intel delays this until the August launch of Ada - if it does this will be one of the poorest selling new architecture launches since AMD's delayed and broken TeraScale
Could be true. Depends on the pricing imo. If the green and red teams phase out production of their previous generation to drive the sales of their new and $$$$ cards and Intel prices intelligently with a product that does in fact compete with the newly obsoleted generation, then I think they might do okay (if they can manage ongoing support).
A lot of "ifs," I know...
 

nodfor

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I'm going to laugh if Intel delays this until the August launch of Ada - if it does this will be one of the poorest selling new architecture launches since AMD's delayed and broken TeraScale
They have already missed the time of high gpu prices
Could be true. Depends on the pricing imo. If the green and red teams phase out production of their previous generation to drive the sales of their new and $$$$ cards and Intel prices intelligently with a product that does in fact compete with the newly obsoleted generation, then I think they might do okay (if they can manage ongoing support).
A lot of "ifs," I know...
I don't think NVIDIA will do that mistake, with the competition ready to fill the void. They will prob keep pumping 8nm products for a long time, prob not the whole lineup but the lower end at least.
 

Eldritch

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We would be having not the PCI-Es but proprietary GPU slots that changed with every generation if it were upto Intel.
It's Intel. They WILL mess it up somehow. Just wait and watch in coming months.
 

KenkaOni

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Could be true. Depends on the pricing imo. If the green and red teams phase out production of their previous generation to drive the sales of their new and $$$$ cards and Intel prices intelligently with a product that does in fact compete with the newly obsoleted generation, then I think they might do okay (if they can manage ongoing support).
A lot of "ifs," I know...
Is INTEL we are talking about, price is not gonna be the best part of it.
 

Dsirius

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Meh, the proper title is: Intel Arc graphics card spotted DISSAPEARING from Texas gaming tournament :laughing:
 

Mr Majestyk

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Intel will need to sell this far cheaper than Ampere and RDNA2 to compete with Lovelace and RDNA3 coming later this year. Ludicrously late to the game, might as well go straight to Battlemage and see if they can get it out well before RDNA4 and Lovelace's successor
 

Crinkles

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We would be having not the PCI-Es but proprietary GPU slots that changed with every generation if it were upto Intel.
It's Intel. They WILL mess it up somehow. Just wait and watch in coming months.

Intel invented PCI-E and GAVE it to the the world.
THE MORE YOU KNOW.
 

Stiqy

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Months of silence on any benchmarks or even claimed speeds does not bode well. If it was competitive they would have been bragging and bragging for weeks before release. Instead it's been nothing but silence and smoke and mirrors.
 

mxfalcon54

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Intel invented PCI-E and GAVE it to the the world.
THE MORE YOU KNOW.
I mean if you want to be technical then you're incorrect. Intel invented PCI and introduced it to the market. PCI and PCIe are very different. PCIe was developed by the Arapaho Working Group, while being started by Intel engineers there were many companies involved in the design of the specification.