news hardware Laptops: Intel catastrophically delays the release of its ARC graphics cards by several months
We were expecting it to be brief, after all, this morning Intel announced that it is delaying the long-awaited release of its new ARC A-series graphics cards by several weeks, even months. Is Intel’s return to the graphics card market a compromise?
Intel ARC graphics cards, a report that asks questions
Announced more or less forcefully for a few years, Intel’s return to the GPU and graphics card market should be within a few days. At least that’s what we understood during the presentation with great fanfare on March 30th.
It must be said that since CES in Las Vegas in January, Intel had accustomed us to controlled communications and a certain increase in performance, although some doubts could still remain.
We first had to digest the lack of desktop graphics cards, then we learned that Intel would not be able to ship more than 4 to 5 million chips, a far cry from the 50 million units that AMD and Nvidia ship each year their different GPUs. But nothing that announced the doom of this morning.
While everything seemed settled, a laconic tweet brought us the unthinkable news that all lap tops with Intel ARC graphics cards will be pushed back to the end of H1 2022 without further precision from Intel.
Hi! Laptops with Intel ARC will be available by the end of Q2 2022. We encourage you to follow our newsroom at https://t.co/AlNpzzMu5P for all updates.
– Intel Support (@IntelSupport) April 6, 2022
Intel ARC Alchemist pushed back for better jumping?
To date, and while the first shipments should arrive in April, all models that integrate an Intel ARC type graphics card are at best postponed to June or have completely disappeared from the radar. We’re thinking in particular of the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro which, with an enticing Core i7-1260p + ARC A350M combo, should become one of the flagships of the new ARC Alchemist range and is no longer seen anywhere, even in pre-command.
As a reminder, Intel announced on March 30th that we will initially be entitled to two Intel ARC 3 GPUs, the A350M and A370M, followed by three more models later in the year, the ARC 5 A550M and finally the ARC 7 with the A730M and A770M. According to Intel, the latter should compete with Nvidia’s 3070 Ti. But at this pace it’s perhaps more against the RTX 40xx that they need to be compared…
With the so-called “desktop” versions, if the first models are still expected for the end of the year, we would now bet on the 1st quarter of 2023, just so as not to be disappointed again.
Be that as it may, this does not in any way call into question Intel’s long-awaited return to the graphics card market for the time being. In the absence of clear and detailed communication, we will simply wait and avoid speculation. Let’s wait!
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