According to new leaks, Intel Arc Alchemist for desktops could arrive with at least seven graphics card models, but it’s possible there could be more.
Intel is also rumored to be working on a limited-edition GPU that will take the crown of the lineup. In times of continued GPU shortages, this is great news for less demanding PC users, provided availability is better than the laptop version.
The latest information comes from Komachi_Ensaka on Twitter, which is a well-known source in the field of computer hardware. Today’s speculation is promising: Intel appears to have a wide range of upcoming GPUs, including two different variants of the flagship A770 graphics card, and a rumored Intel Arc A780. The last part is what Komachi_Ensaka seems uncertain about, while the rest of the lineup seems to be more certain. However, it’s important to note that until Intel itself confirms the full breadth of its discrete GPU lineup, we won’t know anything with absolute certainty.
The graphics card lineup includes two variants of the Intel Arc A770, as well as one model each of the A750, A580, A380 and A350. According to the Twitter tipster, the A770 would come in 16GB and 8GB variants, offering a bit of variety. In general, Intel’s lineup seems to cover a pretty wide selection of GPUs, ranging from low-end to what can be considered mid-range for Nvidia and AMD.
Not much has been confirmed about the exact specs of these cards, but based on previous leaks, VideoCardz has made some estimates. The Arc A770 graphics card is likely to offer the full ACM-G10 GPU, which is Intel’s flagship for this generation, with 32 Xe-Cores and 16 GB of GGDR6 memory. The A750 is said to feature 24 Xe cores and 12 GB of GDDR6 memory, followed by the A580 with 16 Xe cores and 8 GB of VRAM on a 128-bit memory bus.
Specs continue to drop down to the entry-level A3 series, each based on the ACM-G11 GPU. The lowest part would only have 4 Xe cores and 4 GB of GDDR6 memory. While the best variants can hope to compete with Nvidia’s RTX 3060 or even RTX 3070, these budget cards will be designed to target the low-end segment, competing as much as possible with Nvidia’s RTX 3050.
It is the top of the range that brings interesting discoveries. We know that Intel is planning to release a limited edition Arc GPU, and that’s probably where the A780 speculation comes from. If released, this graphics card will likely deliver performance that would surpass the flagship A770.
Intel Arc A770 was also recently leaked in a PugetBench DaVinci Resolve test. Surprisingly, as VideoCardz reports, it was found alongside a new branch of drivers that Intel has yet to release. This implies that the upcoming driver for Intel graphics may already support desktop Arc GPUs.
Although Intel appears to be gearing up to release its discrete graphics cards for desktop computers, we still don’t have a confirmed release date. As such, the breadth of the range and its specifications may still be subject to change, and all we can do is simply wait.