Intel’s Arc GPUs have an answer to Nvidia’s DLSS technology – AI Accelerated Super Sampling

Intel's Arc GPUs have an answer to Nvidia's DLSS technology - AI Accelerated Super Sampling

Intel’s Arc GPUs have an answer to Nvidia’s DLSS technology – AI Accelerated Super Sampling

Intel’s entering the high-end GPU market in early 2022 under their newly announced ARC brand, bringing to the market products that will be able to compete with AMD and Nvidia, turning the gaming market into a three-horse race for the first time in over a decade. 

What’s most exciting about Intel’s Arc announcement is that Intel appears to be ready to meet the needs of modern gamers, confirming that their Arc series GPUs will all be DirectX 12 Ultimate complaint, which means that they will all support ray tracing, mesh shaders, and other advanced features. These features will define next-generation gaming on Xbox Series X/S and PC, making Intel’s full DirectX 12 Ultimate support a big deal. 

In a recent Tweet, Intel’s Anton Kaplanyan, formerly of Nvidia research, has confirmed that Intel’s Alchemist architecture will support “high-performance ray tracing” and “high-quality neural supersampling”, factors that place Intel in line with the latest products offerings from Nvidia. 

Is Intel Ready to counter Nvidia’s DLSS technology? 

Intel’s GPU roadmap includes architectures like Battlemage, Celestial and Druid. Starting with 2022’s Alchemist series Arc products, Intel’s GPU architecture focus on magical themes, and that is because of the “like-magic” results that the company expects from their AI technologies. 

As part of their Arc announcement, Intel revealed their AI Accelerated Super Sampling technology, a technique that appears to be Intel’s answer to Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology. Only time will tell how the quality of Intel’s solution will compare with Nvidia’s, but it is good to see that Intel is ready to take on Nvidia’s strong points with its Arc GPU lineup. 

Intel's Arc GPUs have an answer to Nvidia's DLSS technology - AI Accelerated Super Sampling  
Should AMD be worried? 

Intel’s AI Accelerated Super Sampling technology showcases the company’s focus on AI acceleration, a factor that is a strength of Nvidia and a weakness of AMD’s RDNA 2 product line. With Intel and Nvidia pushing for AI technologies in future games, AMD may be left in a position where their lack of AI acceleration will become a huge negative for the company. 

AMD has likely already spotted this potential weakness in their RDNA 2 architecture, making it probable that the company are already working on their own AI-acceleration technologies for RDNA 3 and/or future RDNA-based architecture. Should Nvidia and Intel continue to focus on AI-based Super Sampling technologies, AMD will have to find a way to compete within this area. 

Intel’s early announcement of their own AI Accelerated Super Sampling technology should worry AMD, as AI acceleration is an area of AMD’s RDNA 2 lineup that is already weak compared to Nvidia’s RTX series offerings. Intel’s AI performance could also help position Intel’s Arc GPUs as strong contenders for content creators and workstation users.

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Intel's Arc GPUs have an answer to Nvidia's DLSS technology - AI Accelerated Super Sampling