Intel has confirmed the release schedule for Intel Arc-branded Alchemist (DG2) graphics cards at the 2022 investor conference. The first products will be launched to notebook platforms in the first quarter of 2022, a version for desktop platforms will be available in the second quarter of 2022, while a workstation version will be released in the third quarter of 2022. Intel expects to ship more than 4 million GPUs for discrete graphics cards in 2022, including versions for notebook platforms, desktop platforms, and workstations.
At present, SiSoftware has disclosed the lineup and some specifications of Alchemist graphics cards, which are divided into high-end A700 series, mid-range A500 series, and entry-level A300 series. The data shows that the Alchemist graphics card supports real-time ray tracing and fully complies with the DirectX 12 Ultimate specification. The GPU supports XMX (hardware for matrix multiplication), but only supports FP16 and FP32, and does not support FP64 operations.
SiSoftware did some testing on the entry-level Arc A380. The comparison objects are the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Nvidia Turing architecture, the GeForce RTX 3050 with Ampere architecture, and the Radeon RX 6500 XT with AMD RDNA 2 architecture. It is worth mentioning that among these graphics cards, the TDP of the Arc A380 is 75W, and the others are all over 100W.
The graphics cards compared are all mid-to-low-end products on the market and have a certain reference, but the actual performance can only be determined after the sale.