Rumors suggest Intel desktop Arc delayed to Q2 2022, laptop models may come first

Daniel Sims

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Rumor mill: The latest rumors regarding the launch of Intel's first line of gaming graphics cards indicate they may be pushed back slightly. The main culprit behind any delay might be uncertainty in the supply chain, which could separately push back the arrival of the laptop or desktop variants.

As of right now, Intel's official site for its upcoming discrete graphics cards states a release window in the first quarter of next year for both laptops and desktops. YouTuber Moore's Law Is Dead, however, claims his sources tell him that isn't set in stone.

MLID says his sources are almost 100 percent certain the desktop Arc Alchemist cards won't launch until the second quarter of 2022. They also say some of the laptop models can arrive before that, possibly in the Q1 window Intel currently has on its website.

Late last month when rumors indicated a possible naming scheme for the Arc cards, MLID's sources told him the main x-factor in determining an exact release date for them was how the display drivers were coming along. MLID's sources now say Intel's Arc drivers are rapidly improving.

Conversely, MLID claims to have contacts in East Asia telling him of Covid outbreaks in factories along the supply chain for Intel Arc. There have been recent reports of Covid lockdowns in Malaysia that certainly don't help the global chip shortage, but it's unknown if those are related to Intel Arc. China's recent energy crunch could also be a factor. It must be stressed, however, that these products are potentially six months out. A lot can change in that time frame.

Previous rumors indicate that when they do launch, the top-end desktop Intel Arc Alchemist card could perform as well as Nvidia's RTX 3070 or closer to the 3060 Ti. The lower-end model might be somewhere around a GTX 1650 Max-Q. The latter has made some hopeful that Intel Arc could target the lower GPU price brackets that Nvidia and AMD have seemingly abandoned.

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fps4ever

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That's very late. Both AMD and Nvidia should have the next gen ready next year.

And that will be another graphics generation they will be behind. But to be fair everyone is feeling the chip shortage....blah.
 

DZillaXx

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Intel falling behind, I'm surprised. Said no one ever...

The best thing Intel had going for them was the chance that AMD and Nvidia were short on stock to meet demand.
 

Irata

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The big question besides XE‘s actual capabilities is what nVidia‘s and AMD‘s supply and prices will look like when it‘s released.
 

texasrattler

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That's very late. Both AMD and Nvidia should have the next gen ready next year.
Doesn't mean they will be available or even close to enough supply cause we all know they won't. The world even says they won't.
While ppl want Arc now, it's not ready nor have supply even if it was. So it's not coming. In 2022, there will still be supply issues. Even MS Xbox team says the new console will still have supply issues through 2022. So 2022 won't be having any magical fixes unless the world gets the global shortages under control. Which in reality could take years.
 

Watzupken

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The longer they delay the release of their high end dedicated GPU, the more likely it will be DOA with AMD and Nvidia's next gen closing in. They can still sell if the price is right and given the GPU shortage, but will not be an exciting product. I feel the delay is not unexpected given all the supply chain disruptions, and not just with TSMC.
 

Puiu

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Doesn't mean they will be available or even close to enough supply cause we all know they won't. The world even says they won't.
While ppl want Arc now, it's not ready nor have supply even if it was. So it's not coming. In 2022, there will still be supply issues. Even MS Xbox team says the new console will still have supply issues through 2022. So 2022 won't be having any magical fixes unless the world gets the global shortages under control. Which in reality could take years.
Maybe. We'll just have to wait and see.
 

texasrattler

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The longer they delay the release of their high end dedicated GPU, the more likely it will be DOA with AMD and Nvidia's next gen closing in. They can still sell if the price is right and given the GPU shortage, but will not be an exciting product. I feel the delay is not unexpected given all the supply chain disruptions, and not just with TSMC.
It won't be DOA cause nvidia n amd won't have any supply either. 30 series is barely seen so the 40 series will not only be unseen but even more expensive. So it's not like Intel need to rush. The smart move would be to release only when it's ready, which clearly isn't now. 6 months at the earliest but likely longer if supply issues are still problematic. Good chance it still will be. So sit back n wait. It's gonna be awhile for the world to sort itself out.
 

Tom Yum

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The way I see it, Intel Arc is not going to help the GPU shortage issue because they are competing for the same TSMC capacity as nVidia (who are looking to move away from Samsung) and AMD. All that will happen is the bidding war for TSMC capacity will intensify, TSMC will increase costs (which is how they are managing the supply/demand situation), and the end result will be the same number of GPU's at higher prices, but now spread over three GPU manufacturers instead two.

It would have been different if Intel had decided to use their own fabs for Arc, but they haven't.