Intel recently released a promotional video through its Twitter account in which it showed how the heatsink design of its ARC gaming graphics will be. To do this, the company used 1000 drones equipped with lighting to create various shapes, including of course a dual-fan desktop graphics card with a design very similar to what we’ve seen in previous leaks for an engineering sample of the DG2-512EU model.
Intel’s gaming GPU heat sink, “drawn” by 1,000 drones
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– Intel Graphics (@IntelGraphics) August 17, 2021
The two images that can be seen include a total of 9 blades in each of the two fans, which by proportions seem to have a diameter of 92 or 100 mm to cool a set of aluminum sheets crossed by heat pipes of traditional design. This would be a pretty “normal” heatsink design to say nothing of the novelty, as seen for years on all types of graphics cards.
Now, given precisely this very traditional heatsink design for Intel gaming graphics and given that the top-end model is known to have an initial target TDP of 275 watts but surely hit the 300 watts In a later variation, this honestly feels a bit lacking to us, so most likely we’ll be faced with a heatsink that has to run at high speed even when idle, making the graphics noisy and very hot.
In any case, these are our speculations and at least we are grateful that Intel has gone for a dual fan heatsink and not a model with a blower type fan like the ones we have seen in the past in early models. AMD Radeon, which were loud and inefficient. Also remember that these 300W of TDP will only be visible in the high-end model from Intel, because from there it has other lower models that will obviously have a lower TDP and therefore will heat much less.
The first Intel ARC “Alchemist” products will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2022, and from what we know so far, the top-of-the-line model will feature 512 execution units associated with up to 16 GB of GDDR6 memory, so technically it will be a GPU alongside the NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti in terms of performance.
Intel is also preparing the competition for NVIDIA DLSS and AMD FidelityFX Super resolution with code name XeSS, and will include support for real-time hardware ray tracing across its entire line of graphics cards, so it seems pretty clear that in the end, Intel wants to end the duopoly of AMD and NVIDIA in the market. graphics cards. directly against both.