On the Intel Architecture Day 2021 last week, Intel disclosed the specific information of Alchemist, the first product of the new high-performance gaming graphics card brand Intel Arc. This graphics card is based on the Xe HPG architecture, adopts a new Xe core, is manufactured using TSMC’s 6nm process, supports hardware-based ray tracing and artificial intelligence-driven super sampling (XeSS), and provides full support for DirectX 12 Ultimate. In addition to the performance of the graphics card itself, many potential users also want to know if there is more playability, such as the possibility of overclocking.
Recently, Roger Chandler, Intel Vice President and General Manager of Client Graphics Products and Solutions, published
a blog post on Medium that talked about this issue. He said that Intel is planning to provide a built-in overclocking tool in the user interface of the official driver. This is similar to the AMD Radeon software tool, which allows users to modify the frequency, power settings, fine-tune the fan curve, etc. The specific depth depends on the actual product.
In addition to the overclocking function, the user interface of Intel’s official driver also has a function for built-in video encoding hardware, allowing users to directly capture video streams from the software of the ARC graphics card. Roger Chandler said that now many gamers are also creators themselves, so Intel is developing video capture functions that utilize powerful encoding hardware, including virtual cameras with AI-assisted functions.
Roge Chandler reiterated that Intel will fully support the latest DirectX 12 Ultimate API, in the past three years, Intel and Microsoft have worked closely together to design DirectX 12 Ultimate, so this new Xe core is specifically designed for DirectX 12 Ultimate in many aspects.
Intel has confirmed that the ARC graphics card codenamed Alchemist uses the GPU originally called the DG2 series and will meet with consumers in the first quarter of next year. However, Intel has not yet confirmed whether ARC graphics cards for desktop and mobile platforms will be launched simultaneously.