In context: The PC neighborhood has actually long waited for the launch of Intel’s very first real devoted video gaming GPUs, and now, that day is simply around the corner. With competitors from AMD and Nvidia most likely to show up later on the exact same year, an early 2022 launch window for the very first generation of Intel’s upcoming Arc GPUs (codenamed Alchemist) promises. How will Alchemist GPUs compare to existing competitors?
Thanks to brand-new reports supposedly released on the ExpReview online forums, we may lastly have a response to that concern. ExpReview, for the uninformed, is a Chinese tech news website that stresses PC hardware protection, consisting of evaluations, criteria, and leakages.
According to the website, Intel’s Alchemist architecture is set to introduce with numerous designs at some point in March 2022– a January release was apparently prepared, however it needed to be pressed back by a number of months. In any case, Q1 is still on the table, obviously.
Intel’s organized offerings consist of 3 discrete desktop GPUs, and 5 laptop computer GPUs (mainly versions of the desktop cards).
The desktop line-up will house the Intel Xe HPG 512 EU, the 384 EU, and the 128 EU.
The 128 EU is reported to introduce with 1024 ALUs, 6GB of VRAM, a 75 W TGP, and a 96- bit memory bus. Intel is hoping the 128 EU will have the ability to handle the Nvidia’s GTX 1650, however with RT assistance– something the 1650 and 1650 Super are both doing not have. Naturally so, offered the efficiency struck that features turning such functions on. Base clock speeds will most likely top out at 2.5 Ghz here.
The 512 EU is set to deliver with as much as 16 GB of VRAM, 4096 ALUs, a 256- bit memory bus, a TGP of 225 W, and reported clock speeds likewise maxing out at around 2.5 Ghz. Heaven Group is placing this design as a rival to Nvidia’s RTX 3070 and 3070 Ti.
The 384 EU, on the other hand, will handle the lower-end 3060 and 3060 Ti with a 192- bit memory bus, approximately 12 GB of VRAM, a TGP of around 200 W, and 3072 ALUs.
The laptop computer variation of the 128 EU drops the VRAM to a meager 4GB, and decreases power draw to about 30 W. The other low-end laptop computer chip, the 96 EU, downgrades the ALU count to 768, while keeping whatever else approximately the very same.
Intel’s high-end Alchemist laptop computer GPUs vary from their desktop equivalents mostly in power draw, with lower TGP throughout the board (approximately 150 W for the 512 EU and approximately 120 W for the 384 EU). The mid-range 256 EU is a laptop-only card with 2048 ALUs, 8GB of VRAM, a 128- bit bus, and approximately an 80 W TGP.
As you can see, Intel is mainly targeting AMD and Nvidia’s current-gen cards with its very first video gaming GPU launch. Blue Group fans will likely require to wait for the business’s next GPU architecture– codenamed “Battlemage”– for an Intel option to AMD’s RDNA3 and Nvidia’s Lovelace cards.