Intel plans to ship over 4 million ARC Alchemist GPUs in 2022
How many of these GPUs are for the DIY market?
Published: 21st February 2022 | Source: Intel |
Intel expects to sell millions of GPUs this year
During the company's 2022 Investor Meeting live event, Intel's Raja Koduri confirmed that the company plans to sell over 4 million ARC Alchemist GPUs this year. Arc Alchemist discrete graphics chips are expected to ship first in Intel laptops this quarter and come to the desktop market next quarter.
Intel's 4 million discrete graphics units will be split across multiple markets, with Intel confirming 50+ design wins with companies that include ASUS, Dell, MSI, Acer, HP, and Gigabyte. We expect Intel to push hard for ARC GPU adoption within the notebook market, as Intel wants to push the benefits of All-Intel systems hard in the future. Intel already does this within the laptop market with their Intel EVO program.
While four million units sounds like a big number, it is worth remembering that this number has to be split between the notebook market, the OEM/SI PC market, and the DIY PC market. While four million graphics cards is a lot of graphics cards, it is not enough to solve the GPU supply crisis. That said, these units will certainly help address today's supply challenges.
Software-wise, Intel has confirmed that they already have over 100 software partners, who are integrating XeSS (Xe Super Sampling) within their games and Deep Link acceleration within their applications. These partnerships will increase the performance of Intel discrete graphics chips in supported games and productivity software, which is great news for consumers.
Over the next three years, Intel plans to aggressively launch new GPU architectures to succeed their Alchemist series. Intel's Battlemage architecture is due to launch in the 2023-24 timeframe and Celestial is due to launch after 2024. While Intel's ARC Alchemist GPUs are unlikely to dethrone AMD or Nvidia's current offerings, the company is keen to showcase that they plan to stay in the GPU market long-term. Intel has already confirmed that Druid will be their Celestial successor, which means that we should expect at least four generations of graphics cards from Intel.
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