Despite the fact that Intel produces both CPUs and GPUs, it is best known for its CPUs. Intel Arc is a new sub-brand dedicated to graphics cards that the firm has unveiled. The firm will deliver the first generation of specialized graphics cards based on the Xe HPG microarchitecture as part of this initiative.
The codename Alchemist, which was formerly known as DG2, was used to build the first series of graphics cards based on the Xe HPG microarchitecture. The names Battlemage, Celestial, and Druid will be used for the next generation of Arc graphics cards, according to the company.
Intel Arc – High performance dedicated GPU
Intel has begun delivering Iris Xe graphics-enabled 11th Generation Intel CPUs in limited quantities. Also, its been revealed that Intel Arc is based on “Xe-HPG microarchitecture” which has been incorporated with Intel’s Xe-LP, HP, and HPC microarchitectures as well.
Furthermore, the initial iteration of Intel Arc will include capabilities like y-tracing and AI-driven supersampling. It also supports DirectX 12 Ultimate in its entirety. Beginning in 2022, the graphics card will be available on OEM laptops and desktops. The firm has not released any information on the Intel Arc’s TDP or peak graphics capability as of now.
According to the evidence given by the business, AI accelerated video can upscale 480p footage to 4K resolution. This means that the graphics card uses artificial intelligence (AI) to intelligently boost resolution and quality. PUBG, Forza Horizon 4, Crysis Remaster, Metro Exodus, and a few AI super sampling footages have all been provided by the firm.
AMD and NVIDIA now dominate the dedicated GPU market. Though Intel has had a GPU gaming presence, although restricted to integrated GPUs, the firm is finally stepping up its game by releasing an Intel Arc dedicated GPU range.
On laptops and desktops, the Intel Arc is likely to be coupled with Intel’s 12th Generation CPU. When compared to devices using third-party graphics cards, these products are intended to have superior power efficiency and provide longer battery life on laptops.
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In terms of games that may benefit from Intel Arc GPUs, the firm demonstrated a few of them on a pre-production sample of the Alchemist GPU. Intel demonstrated an Arc GPU running games like Forza Horizon 4, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), and Metro Exodus in an official video. The Crysis Remastered Trilogy may also be played on the GPU. You can also have a look at the video via this link.
Intel Arc – Details on its availability
There is little information on availability other than Intel’s announcement that the first Arc Alchemist GPUs would be available in the first quarter of 2022. More information on the Intel Arc GPUs will be released later this year, according to Intel.