Leaked Intel slides showcase the performance targets of the upcoming ARC Alchemist series Xe GPUs
Intel's reportedly targeting AMD's RX 6700 XT and Nvidia's RTX 3070 while consuming less power
Published: 11th September 2021 | Source: Baidu |
It looks like Intel won't be competing with high-end Geforce and Radeon products in early 2022
Today, a slide has leaked online showcasing Intel's alleged performance targets for their DG2 graphics lineup, revealing that their flagship "SOC1" design should draw between 175W and 220W under full load and deliver performance levels that are competitive with AMD's RX 6700 XT and Nvidia's RTX 3070.
Sadly, if this slide is legitimate, Intel's first ARC series graphics cards will not be competing with AMD and Nvidia within the ultra-high-end GPU market. This means that Intel will only be competing with Sub-$500 (MSRP) products from their competitors.
With power draws of up to 220W and competitive performance levels with AMD's RX 6700 XT and Nvidia's RTX 3070, it looks like Intel can deliver similar levels of performance per watt as their competitors. This is a good sign for Intel's ARC Alchemist architecture. Should Intel be able to scale performance upwards with future GPU iterations, there is little reason to believe that Intel can't compete with AMD and Nvidia moving forward.
Intel's SOC2 DG2 GPU is said to consume around 75 watts of power. This GPU is designed for the low-end GPU market, with Nvidia's GTX 1650 Super being seen as a competitor. This graphics card will likely become a focus for Intel's "All-Intel" gaming laptop ambitions, offering consumers a balance between power draw, performance and pricing. With their SOC2 chip, Intel wants to take some of Nvidia's laptop GPU market share.
While we are happy to see Intel enter the GPU market, it is a shame that most leaks have claimed that the company's upcoming ARC Alchemist series GPUs will be unable to dethrone any of AMD or Nvidia's current high-end offerings. Both AMD and Nvidia are reportedly working on next-generation graphics cards with late 2022 launch dates, and those products will likely place Intel further behind.
Does Intel need an RTX 3090/RX 6900 XT killer?
In today's market, any well-priced graphics card will sell. There is a lot of demand and too little supply from AMD, Nvidia and their partners. If Intel prices their ARC Alchemist GPUs well, they will sell like hotcakes. That's a guarantee.
In a world where AMD and Nvidia GPUs are rarely available at MSRP pricing, all Intel needs to do to succeed is release a product at a sane price. That's it. Assuming that Intel's GPU drivers are on point and their product deliver competitive performance levels, Intel's ARC Alchemist series GPUs will sell. As much brand loyalty as some consumers have for AMD and Nvidia, more than enough people will buy from Intel to finally be able to place a newer graphics card in their systems.
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