The marketing leadup to the Intel Arc graphics card launch has been incredibly long, but we finally have the specs for the top desktop models. In addition to this, Intel recently detailed some gaming performance benchmarks for the A750 to tease how it competes against Nvidia. Questions remain about the performance of the A580 and A770, including what prices to expect. Dare we even ask about the release date? For now though, we’ll break down what new info we have.
Intel detailed the specs for the Arc A770, A750, and A580 in a recent blog and video explainer. We can see that much of the rumored specs were spot on for the SKU segmentation. The A770 features 32 Xe Cores, 32 Ray Tracing units, 512 EUs, a 2.1 GHz graphics clock, with both 8GB and 16GB memory capacities, a 256-bit bus, and with a total effective bandwidth of 560GB/s. It will likely reach levels of performance closer to that of the RTX 3060 Ti, depending on the title.
The A750 features 28 Xe Cores, 28 Ray Tracing units, 448 EUs, a 2.05 GHz graphics clock, an 8GB memory capacity, a 256-bit bus, and with a total effective bandwidth of 512GB/s. Intel claims it slightly outperforms Nvidia’s RTX 3060 in optimized titles on its drivers.
As for the A580, there are 24 Xe Cores, 24 Ray Tracing units, 384 EUs, a 1.7 GHz graphics clock, and an 8GB memory capacity with a total effective bandwidth of 512GB/s. We don’t have clear performance metrics at this point.
A long story Arc
Intel’s attempts to stall the launch of Arc products are related to the drivers not being ready yet. This was noted by the CEO Pat Gelsinger in the company’s last earning call. It’s still unclear when we can expect a proper launch, but Intel is simply running out of time. Nvidia now has plans to announce what we presume to be the RTX 40 Series on September 20. And AMD has repeatedly signaled that the Ryzen 7000 Series will arrive this year.
At this point, Intel Arc graphics card specs are about to be outclassed by next-gen products from competitors. The Alchemist release date needs to come soon, and the cards need to be reasonably priced for Intel to have a chance at moving inventory. One signal of Intel’s own awareness of this fact is the recent announcement to bundle software and free games with each graphics card purchase. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered will be one of those titles, and it will also be the flagship example of Intel’s XeSS tech that competes with Nvidia DLSS.