Leaked Slides showcases the memory configs of Intel's ARC Alchemist GPUs
Intel's ARC Alchemist GPUs will have plenty of VRAM
Published: 24th January 2022 | Source: @9550pro - Twitter |
Intel's got a 16GB GPU on the horizon
Intel's entering this GPU market this year, bringing a third player into the discrete graphics market and some much-needed additional supply to today's heavily constrained PC gaming market.
Thanks to @9550pro on Twitter, we have been able to look at a leaked Intel slide that details the memory configurations of multiple laptop-oriented DG2 SKUs. These five SKUs will feature between 4GB and 16GB of GDDR6 memory, and between 96 and 512 execution units.
Intel's high-end SKU1 model will feature 16GB of 16Gbps GDDR6 memory over a 256-bit memory bus, making this graphics card similar to AMD's Radeon RX 6800, at least in terms of its memory configuration. Intel also has a 12GB SKU2 model, which features 384 execution units. Below that, we also have an 8GB SKU3 model with 8GB of VRAM over a 128-bit memory bus.
On the low-end Intel has their SKU4 and SKU5 models with 128/96EU configurations, a 64-bit memory bus and 4GB of 14Gbps GDDR6 memory. When looking at the memory configuration of these graphics cards, we can only compare these graphics cards to AMD's Radeon RX 6500 XT. That said, these are mobile-focused solutions from Intel that feature slower GDDR6X memory and no Infinity Cache. That said, we expect these SKUs to feature video encoders/decoders, as Intel has already heavily marketed the video editing performance of their ARC series discrete graphics cards.
At this time, we expect Intel's desktop ARC series graphics cards to have similar memory configurations to these leaked mobile models. That said, we expect Intel's desktop graphics solutions to feature faster GDDR6 memory, a 18 Gbps GDDR6 memory modules are available from manufacturers.
With 16GB of GDDR6 memory over a 256-bit memory bus, we expect Intel's SKU1 desktop equivalent to deliver performance levels that are competitive with Nvidia's RTX 3070 Ti and AMD's Radeon RX 6800. Without faster GDDR6 memory or an equivalent to AMD's Infinity Cache technology, we do not see Intel's upcoming ARC Alchemist series GPUs delivering the same performance as with higher-end Radeon RX and Geforce RTX GPU models from AMD or Nvidia.