Intel finally launches an Arc GPU but only in China

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After a long time coming, Intel has finally released one of its desktop graphics cards. It has chosen the Alchemist-based Arc A380 for its initial release in the Chinese market at a price of 1,030¥ which is roughly $153. As previously Intel updated us that the cards will be first released in China and OEMs likely due to the issues and delays on current shipping systems.

Intel has also confirmed which partners will be using and releasing the desktop cards. They will be: Acer, ASUS, Gigabyte, GUNNIR, GP, and MSI all starting this month. Again starting in China with the worldwide expansion is expected in the summer. It has chosen an entry-level card as Intel has suggested as the more popular and awaited option in the Chinese market.

Performance benchmarks for more popular less demanding games suggest 60 FPS performance on medium settings. With the likes of League of Legends, Moonlight Blade, Naraka: Bladepoint, and PUBG: Battlegrounds. Whilst suggesting it’s 25% faster than AMD’s slowest card the RX 6400. Although Intel’s own AI-based supersampling (XeSS) is expected to launch in the Summer it could also improve performance like DLSS.

Intel Arc A380 specifications

The Intel Arc A380 specifications are based upon the ACM-G11 GPU variant with Intel Xe High-Performance Graphics (Xe HPG). The GPU comes with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory with a 96-bit memory bus. Which is clocked at 16 Gbps giving a memory bandwidth of 192 GB/s. The die itself is made up of eight Xe cores, with 1024 FP32 cores. Which will have a base clock of 2000 MHz. Which brings the total TBP of the card to 75 W.

GUNNIR Arc A380 Photon reveal

As of the first custom variants available, GUNNIR has announced its Arc A380 Photon graphics card. It comes in overclocked as well as with two fans, an upgrade over the single variant of the reference model from Intel. It uses an aluminum block heatsink for the die. As well as three 2GB GDDR6 modules clocked at 15.5 Gbps, which is slower than the reference spec.

As the overclocked model it reports a maximum clock rate of 2450 MHz as well as a 92 W TBP. A much higher power than the 75 W base spec with no reference of what the max frequency the reference card can achieve. The graphics card comes equipped with three DisplayPorts and one HDMI 2.0 port.

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