We’ve been talking about Intel graphics cards for gaming for a long time and we’re looking forward to them. We’ve said many times that the GPU market needs competition and Intel takes it seriously. Well, we finally have a date for the ARC Alchemist laptop GPUs. At least from his presentation, do we have to wait a long time?
One of the parts of Intel’s conference at last CES was that related to its graphics processor division, where the deployment of the ARC Alchemist in various computers over the course of this year was discussed, but without any mention of dedicated graphics cards. refers to desktop computers.
At that time, from then on, we had it very clear, Intel would first supply its ARC Alchemist GPUs for the gaming laptop market, before doing so as a mainstream graphics card. And it is that when the company founded by Gordon Moore returns to the graphics hardware market, it will not focus on high-end and high consumption, but on designs that can be deployed both on computers laptops and desktop computers. Let’s not forget that from a certain consumption, the designs can be deployed on both markets.
Intel’s goal? Take advantage of its ecosystem of laptops to reduce NVIDIA’s market share, which they have done through the creation of a common design that will help manufacturers of this type of computers to design and deploy those with the new graphics architecture on the market.
March 30 is the presentation date of the ARC Alchemist
Well yes, Intel is going to celebrate a conference on March 30 in which they will finally talk about their ARC Alchemist for laptops, and since it is the promised deadline during CES, Q1 2022, it is quite possible that the specifications of the various gaming laptops that will be released simultaneously in the previous days appear, as well as what their performance is. So we finally have something tangible to compare NVIDIA and AMD GPUs.
We will see two different chips hitting the market, the first one called SOC1 is the biggest of them all and has a configuration of 512 EU, 32 Xe cores or if we compare it with a competing graphics card we are talking about something on the level of an RTX 3080 for NVIDIA laptops. Instead, the second chip, SOC2, is more modest and is comparable to an AMD RX 6500 XT for its 128 EU configuration, although it’s expected to trade blows with the RTX 3050. all this we must include a third configuration, which we will see only a little later and is 256 EU and could compete with the 3060 for laptops.
When are desktop graphics cards?
Intel will shed some light on the launch date of the ARC Alchemist for laptops, where we may see its desktop strategy in which, for the first time, we’ll see the company’s graphics cards as independent units. Recently, Intel itself has already stated that it has agreements with various manufacturers and assemblers, so their appearance should not be too far off in time when it comes to laptop implementations.