We all know that Intel is the biggest processor manufacturer in the world. The integrated graphics of its processors have always left much to be desired. Something they set out to fix and even launch dedicated solutions. For this, they recruited Raja Koduriwho worked at AMD on the development of Polaris and Vega graphics cards, and laid the foundation for the company’s current graphics cards.
Intel introduces its Arc A-Series graphics for laptops
These new graphics cards have a name that is quite reminiscent of the range of Intel Core processors. The simplest solutions Intel they will be called Bow 3the mid-range will be called Bow 5 and the high range will be called Bow 7.
In the input range we have the Bow A350M which has 6 Xe cores and 6 ray tracing units. These graphics cards have a frequency of 1150Mz. This graphics card is accompanied by 4 GB of GDDR6 RAM and a 64-bit memory bus. Intel points out that these graphics will have a consumption between 25-35W, which will vary according to the manufacturer’s criteria.
Still within the input range, but slightly above, we have the Bow A370M. This graphic has 8 Xe cores and 8 ray tracing units. The frequency of this GPU increases up to 1550MHz. It also has 4 GB of GDDR6 memory with a 64-bit memory bus. Consumption also increases, being between 35 and 50W.
For the mid-range we have the graphics card Bow A550M. This graphics card has 16 Xe cores and 16 ray tracing units. The working frequency is striking, only 900 MHz. The amount of VRAM memory is increased, with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory with a 128-bit memory bus. Consumption will be between 60-80W.
For the high end, we have the Bow A730M. This graphics card has 24 Xe cores and 24 ray tracing units running at a frequency of 1100 MHz. This graphics card comes with 12GB of GDDR6 memory and a 192-bit memory bus. It will have a consumption between 80-120W.
Finally, we have the graphics card Bow A770M. It is characterized by its 32 Xe cores and 32 ray tracing units operating at a frequency of 1650 MHz. This graphics card comes with 16 GB of GDDR6 memory and a 256-bit memory bus. Consumption varies between 120 and 150 W.
Performance of these new Intel Arc A-Series graphics
The performance of these graphics cards is one of the biggest mysteries, about which there has been a lot of speculation. The company itself has published some game comparisons, but without being very explicit. Compare the performance of the new Intel Arc A series with their graphics Built-in Iris Xe.
It seems that Arc A370M Graphics It has the ability to move games smoothly at over 60 FPS at 1080p resolution. This resolution is still the most popular among novice users. So it makes sense that they focus on performance within this resolution.
Additionally, Intel also releases a slide of the Arc A370M and its performance in competitive games like Rocket League and Fortnite. Come on, as in 1080p resolution, these games easily exceed 90 FPS.
What new technologies have been included?
These new graphics cards incorporate different technologies to deliver the best graphics performance. It includes, among other things, the Resizable BAR which will also be compatible with Linux distributions. For those who don’t know what Resizable BAR is, the CPU is allowed to access all of the graphics VRAM. This improves performance, since information access times are considerably reduced.
Intel ARC graphics include the following technologies:
- XeSS (Xe Super Sampling) is the AI technology that aims to be an alternative to NVIDIA DLSS and AMD Super Resolution
- XeGTAO is a basic ambient occlusion technology
- XeXMX with Xe-Cores (it is not specified what this technology is)
- Laser trace hardware accelerated
- Intel GameDev Boost with the oneAPI toolkit
- support resizable BAR on desktops and laptops
XeSS technology has been shown to perform in Death Stranding, Hitman 3, and The Riftbreaker games. The Intel ARC graphics card to run these games has not been revealed. They compare graphics quality at 1080p resolution and at 4K resolution with active XeSS.
When will these cards hit the market?
According to Intel, the ARC 3 will hit the market right now, so the first laptops with these graphics should appear shortly. The ARC 5 and ARC 7 would be released this summer, so there is still time to see them on the market.