Intel introduces Arc, a brand that will fight in the market against NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon.
Intel Arc Alchemist, the company’s first graphics card, will be available early next year.
Intel announced today (16) the launch of Intel Arc, a new brand for dedicated graphics cards and laptop GPUs. The name will be utilized over several generations and will compete with NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon, which have dominated the market until now. The first graphics card, codenamed “Alchemist” (formerly referred to as DG2), is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2022.
Along with Alchemist, Intel stated that it will utilize the Arc brand names “Battlemage,” “Heavenly,” and “Druid” in future generations. The first generation will be built on the Xe-HPG microarchitecture (High Performance Graphics). Additionally to this section, this family will include the following Xe architectural variants: Xe-LP for smaller GPUs, Xe-HPC for high-performance computing, and Xe-HP for servers.
The introduction video demonstrates what Intel Arc Alchemist will be like when it launches early next year, capable of running AAA games with ray tracing effects and its own supersampling solution, which equates to NVIDIA’s DLSS and AMD’s FSR, as well as video upscaling.
Anton Kaplanyan, Intel’s newest graphics division executive, stated that “all Intel Arc GPUs will implement DX12 Ultimate in its entirety, including mesh shading and high-performance ray tracing.” Additionally, he adds that Intel Arc’s supersampling deserves its own announcement.
“Intel’s continuing and strong commitment to gamers and (content) producers is demonstrated by the debut of the Intel Arc brand and the showcasing of future generations. We have teams working tirelessly to guarantee that when these products become available early next year, they provide world-class experiences “Roger Chandler, one of the Intel Graphics group’s vice presidents, explains.
According to the Videocardz website, the first two GPUs made accessible by Intel appear to be the DG2-128UE (Execution Units) and DG2-512UE versions. According to the website, the picture corresponds to what Raja Koduri stated in June, which is that the photo displays the high-end video card chip for the first generation Intel Arc.
Numerous speculations regarding Intel’s next graphics cards have been circulating on the internet in recent months. For instance, we found that the model with 448UE is capable of competing with the GeForce RTX 3070 and Radeon RX 6700 XT. If these speculations are true and the largest chip in today’s picture is the 512UE model, we may anticipate performance comparable to the GeForce RTX 3080 and Radeon RX 6800.
Although Intel’s war against NVIDIA and AMD in the video card market is officially, no technical details have been disclosed, leaving us with just our imaginations for everything that has been speculated on through rumors so far.
With the introduction of Intel Arc Alchemist in early 2022, we may anticipate some announcements later this year that will provide further information regarding the first generation of Intel Arc GPUs. The hardware market is officially anticipating the end of NVIDIA and AMD’s duopoly on graphics cards. We can only look forward to the subsequent chapters.