As Intel prepares to officially launch its Arc desktop GPUs, the company is detailing specs for four models in the product line.
The company revealed the specs in a Thursday video(Opens in a new window) that gives PC builders a preview of what to expect from Intel’s foray into discrete gaming graphics. The chipmaker confirms that the A770 is the most powerful model in the Arc desktop line, followed by the A750.
The products then scale down to the mid-tier A580 and low-end A380, which Newegg has quietly been selling online in the US since last month.
The specs show the A770 can feature up to 560GB/s in memory bandwidth. Meanwhile, the memory bandwidth on the A580 and A750 can hit up to 512GB/s, which is more than the 448GB/s in Nvidia’s RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti, although the spec isn’t always directly comparable due to different architectures.
The Xe cores represent the main computational engines for the Arc graphics card. “So more Xe cores means more graphics performance and bigger dies,” said Intel graphics fellow Tom Petersen in the video. Meanwhile, the XMX engines are designed to accelerate AI-based workloads, such as video and photo editing.
The specs for the Intel-branded Arc graphics cards.
Intel also revealed the clock speeds for the GPUs. However, the specs only cover the expected performance for a majority of games and applications; they don’t necessarily represent the highest clock speeds possible.
The other notable detail is how the Arc A770 will mostly arrive with 8GB of GDDR6 video RAM. But in some cases, vendors will release 16GB models.
The specs don’t exactly reveal much about performance. But in recent weeks, Intel has released some benchmarks for the Arc A770 and Arc 750, which suggest the cards will compete against Nvidia’s RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3060 products, respectively. However, the key question is how much the Arc cards will cost.
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For now, Intel continues to remain mum on the pricing and when the Arc desktop graphics cards will launch in the US. But the company plans on releasing its own Intel-branded Arc cards, much like Nvidia has its Founders Edition RTX 3000 GPUs.
“We’re shipping it internationally, it’s going to be available on launch day,” Petersen said. Intel’s own Arc A770 card will also come with 16GB of video RAM.
In the meantime, check out our review of the Arc A380, which is on sale on Newegg for $139 with a higher clock speed. The product’s low price may make it appealing to consumers on a budget. But we gave the A380 a mediocre review for its shaky performance, especially when it comes to launching older games running DirectX11.
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