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Intel officially launches Arc A-series Graphics

by on30 March 2022

Arc A-series mobile GPU lineup and desktop GPU teaser

During its Arc Graphics live stream, Intel has officially launched its Intel Arc graphics family for laptops, as well as teased its desktop version, promising both desktop and workstation products later this year.

The Intel Arc graphics will start with Intel A-series discrete mobile GPUs for laptops, covering three market segments with Intel A-series mobile GPUs, and promising that desktop and workstation products are coming later this year.

Intel A-series Arc 3, Arc 5, and Arc 7 mobile GPUs

As noted, Intel has spread out its A-series mobile graphics into three segments, Arc 3, Arc 5, and Arc7, covering enhanced gaming, advanced gaming, and high performance gaming, respectively.

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Its entire Intel Arc A-series GPUs will support AI-enhanced XeSS, Intel Deep Link, Xe Matrix Extensions (XMX) Ai Engines, and support for full AV1 hardware acceleration.

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Specification-wise, the Arc 3 series, which is the one that should be available soon, comes in the form of the A350M and the A370M GPUs.

The A350M packs 6 Xe Cores with 6 Ray Tracing Units, or simply 96 EUs with 768 shaders, and 4GB of GDDR6 memory on a 64-bit memory interface. The A350M GPU works at up to 1150MHz, and has a 25-35W TDP.

The A370M is slightly more powerful and although it also comes with 4GB of GDDR6 memory on a 64-bit memory interface, it packs 8 Xe Cores with 8 Ray Tracing units, or 128 EUs and 1,024 shaders. The GPU works at higher 1550MHz and the TDP is set between 35-50W.

Intel has shared some performance figures for its Arc A370M series GPU, promising 60FPS+ gaming at 1080p resolution and medium settings, which is a pretty decent result for such a low TDP GPU.

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The Arc 5 series will include a single GPU, at least for now, the A550M. It has 16 Xe cores with 16 Ray Tracing Units (256 EUs or 2,048 shaders), works at lower 900MHz, but comes with 8GB of GDDR6 memory on a 128-bit memory interface. It covers 60-80W TDP.

The so-called high-performance gaming Arc 7 GPUs will include the A730M and the A770M. The A730M has 24 Xe cores/ray tracing units, or 384 EUs and 3,072 shaders, while the A770M has 32 Xe cores/ray tracing units, or 512 EUs and 4,096 shaders.

The A730M ends up with 12GB of GDDR6 memory on a 192-bit memory interface and works at up to 1100MHz covering 80-120W TDP. The A770M ends up with 16GB of GDDR6 memory on a 256-bit memory interface and works at up to 1650MHz, with 120-150W TDP.

Bear in mind that the Arc 5 and Arc 7 series are expected in late May-early June.

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One of the first laptops that will be available with Intel Arc 3 graphics on the Intel Evo platform is the Galaxy Book2 Pro, ultra thin and light notebook that was teased during the event.

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Teasing desktop Arc graphics card

During its presentation, Intel has briefly teased the upcoming Intel Arc desktop graphics card, which should be coming this summer.

Unfortunately, Intel is still not ready to reveal any details, but so far, the teaser is showing a Limited Edition version, which could be similar to what Nvidia has been doing with its Founders Edition graphics cards.

What can be seen from the teaser is a dual-slot/dual-fan desktop graphics card with an all-black design and Intel Arc/ARC Limited Edition Edition logs.

It has three DisplayPort and single HDMI output, and, strangely enough, there are no power connectors.

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It is left to be seen if this is only a limited edition one-time card, or Intel is going to retail its own versions, but hopefully, we'll get more details soon.


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