Intel Arc lineup announced: entry-level comparable to RTX 3050, flagship A700 challenge RTX 3070TI

Intel Arc Alchemist has just benchmarked the SiSoftware in a series of OpenCL benchmarks. While the benchmarks are unofficial and don’t give a full overview of the card’s performance, they serve as an indicator of how well the entry-level Intel A380 matches up with AMD and Nvidia.

The launch of the Arc Alchemist desktop GPUs has been pushed back to the second quarter of 2022, and the first test units of the products have already arrived. And with that, we can already see that SiSoftware not only has the opportunity to get acquainted with the base A380 model but has also revealed the full specifications of the DG2 line devices for the first time.

The model tested here is unsurprising and actually fulfills its function as low-end hardware, the details of the other cards reveal interesting possibilities. In its review, the website notes that the A380 is on par with competitors like the GTX 1660Ti and RX 6500 XT in tests of image processing and OpenCL.

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Specifications:

A300 series A500 series A700 series A700 series A700 series.

  • Execution units 128 384 512
  • Shaders 1024 3072 4096
  • Memory 6 GB 12 GB 16 GB
  • Memory Speed 14 Gbps 16 Gbps 16 Gbps 16 Gbps
  • Memory bus 96 bits 192 bits 256 bits
  • API Support OpenCL 3.0, DirectX 12 Ultimate OpenCL 3.0, DirectX 12 Ultimate OpenCL 3.0, DirectX 12 Ultimate OpenCL 3.0, DirectX 12 Ultimate

According to SiSoftware, the NVIDIA GTX 1650 is currently the closest graphics card to the A380, within the standards set by the review. The review notes that the device lacks support for FP64 floating-point math, but makes up for it with tensor cores that help with matrix multiplication and lower-precision work.

In other words, the website’s test focused more on the GPU’s math capabilities, leaving out aspects that are important for gaming, like performance on APIs like DirectX 12. So far, the A500 and A700 models have not been tested, but it is believed that both will easily match the A380’s results.

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One of the advantages of the card is the fact that it consumes very little power at only 75W, which should prove useful when building compact systems. According to Intel, the first Arc Alchemist GPU models to hit the market will be for notebooks and other portable devices. Those waiting for products for the desktop PC market will have to wait until at least April for them to become available.

Source: SiSoftware