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As we wait for Intel to introduce its first modern discrete desktop graphics cards, the leaks and questions are starting to pile up. For example, will Arc Alchemist in flagship form give AMD and NVIDIA a run for their money in the high-end GPU space? What will inventories look like, and what price points are we looking at? We won't have concrete answers until next year, which is in part what makes benchmark leaks so interesting in the meantime. Even ones that land with a whimper. Such is the case with a series of leaks that popped up over at Geekbench. An apparent test platform wielding what purports to be an Arc Alchemist GPU with 512 execution units posted some rather lethargic scores, compared... Read more...
For all those who have been following Intel's Xe HPG Scavenger Hunt, it has been filled with a few days of some periodically checking to see if the second question of the contest has dropped yet. Well on Tuesday, Intel dropped a pretty big clue as to when contestants need to be on their toes for question number 2 and it is very soon! The Xe HPG Scavenger Hunt opened up to contestants on October 27th and it runs until January 31, 2022. Many found that the list of prizes in the terms and conditions potentially hinted to what upcoming Intel Alchemist GPUs may cost. Then as the first question dropped it was a whirlwind of players trying to figure out the answer to the first question and had many... Read more...
Little by little, Intel keeps revealing more bits and pieces about Arc Alchemist, its first discrete graphics cards built specifically for gamers. Even so, there are plenty of questions that remain. One of those questions is what will the graphics cards actually look, and a new purported photo of Alchemist from a supposed inside sources may reveal the answer. One thing to keep in mind is that Alchemist is still several months from launching. Intel said it will debut in the first quarter of 2021. So conceivably, a launch could still be six months in the distance. It could potentially be even longer for the desktop part—according to the latest rumor, Alchemist will show up in laptop form... Read more...
Anyone with an aging GPU knows the struggle of trying to upgrade in this climate. Graphics card prices are through the roof, even when they're in stock by first-party sellers (Best Buy has been a pleasant exception here and there). So if you have some free time to spare, think about participating in Intel's Xe HPG scavenger hunt—you could win an Arc Alchemist graphics card when it releases next year. This is a continuation of a teaser video Intel posted to Twitter earlier this year. The video contained a few semi-hidden clues that, when decoded, led internet sleuths to GPS coordinates at Niagra Falls, and eventually an IP address for Intel's Xe HPG scavenger hunt microsite. Now several... Read more...
Details about Intel's upcoming Arc Alchemist GPUs continue to emerge as we inch closer to the release. In a recent interview, Intel’s Raja Koduri, SVP and GM of Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics, and Roger Chandler, VP and GM of Client Graphics Products and Solutions, weigh in on some of the pressing questions people have.Like cryptocurrency mining. One question that many might be wondering about is if the cards will be gimped for crypto-currency and mining performance, similar to NVIDIA imposes a hashrate limiter on its cards. That will not the be case. Chandler indicated that all the optimizations and features Intel's engineers focused on were to ensure the hardware could solve... Read more...
It appears Intel has some very specific branding guidelines for its upcoming Arc graphics launch, starting with Alchemist, according to a leaked document. This is not unusual, but what makes it interesting is that the document, if it turns out to be legitimate, reveals how Intel plans to market and label its Alchemist graphics cards. There are going to be multiple SKUs, that much is a given. Additionally, Intel has already revealed a high level, multi-year roadmap that extends beyond Alchemist. While Alchemist will kick off Intel's entry (or re-entry, if you're counting Larrabee) into discrete graphics cards, there will be more product designations to follow. Specifically, as things currently... Read more...
Make no mistake, Intel is supremely interested in competing at the high end of the gaming graphics card market, and being a viable contender, not just an also-ran. Intel also plans to target the mid-range and entry-level segments as well, the latter of which has been overlooked (so far) by AMD and NVIDIA with their latest generation lineups. So what is actually in store from Intel? The latest chatter suggests it has three Alchemist cards on tap. The information comes from leaker Moore's Law Is Dead and several of what he deems to be some of his "best sources." And they all seem to agree that the top model will feature 512 execution units (EUs). That is a specification we have seen in previous... Read more...
Hey, have you heard? Intel is releasing its first modern discrete graphics card next year! Of course you've heard, because Intel has not kept its high-level plans a secret, not by a long shot. Lower-level details have been a bit tougher to source, though Intel has shared some additional info in recent weeks, and of course the leaks and rumors scene is as active as ever. And as it pertains to the latter, it's said ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI are all prepping Alchemist cards. In case you have managed to dodge the flurry of information regarding Intel's discrete GPU plans, Alchemist will get the party started in the desktop graphics card arena. Intel is tapping TMSC's 6-nanometer node for its first... Read more...
In a wide ranging interview with a Japanese news outlet, Intel graphics boss Raja Koduri shared some insight into the development of Alchemist, the company's upcoming discrete GPU, and what it has planned. One of the more notable tidbits from the interview was in relation to Intel's add-in board (AIB) partners, and whether or not they will be releasing custom models. Unless plans change between now and then, the answer is yes, Intel's hardware partners will offer up custom models rather than just sticking with Intel's reference design. This is the same approach AMD and NVIDIA take with their graphics cards—they each launch their own models (NVIDIA calls them Founders Edition), while AIB... Read more...
Intel has ambitious plans for its entry into the discrete GPU market, which will get underway with Alchemist, its first offering under the Intel Arc umbrella. Otherwise known as a DG2 part (and Xe-HPG, for anyone wanting to juggle multiple nomenclatures), it will come out of the gate swinging at AMD and NVIDIA next year, but how strong will it punch? A supposedly leaked slide offers up a potential answer. The slide, labeled "Desktop DG2 Product SKUs," popped up on Baidu and shows the proposed DG2 lineup in comparison to current products offered by AMD and NVIDIA at various price points. One thing that stands out, if the slide is to be believed, is that Intel aims to cover the more affordable... Read more...
Thanks to Intel's upcoming entry with Arc "Alchemist," things are about to get interesting in the discrete graphics market. NVIDIA is by far the leader when it comes to penetration, commanding roughly 80 percent of the discrete GPU market, with AMD accounting for the remaining 20 percent. While Intel's entry with Arc is exciting, the company will have to produce results when it comes to performance. Previous rumors suggested that the most potent version of the first-generation Intel Arc graphics cards would top out with 512 execution units. An engineering prototype with 448 EUs showed up earlier this year which put Arc within spitting distance (5 percentage points) of the GeForce RTX 3070 in... Read more...
Intel is about to enter the high-stakes discrete GPU market, where it will face some stiff competition from NVIDIA and AMD, the two established players that dominate the space. The company will kick things off with Alchemist, its first Xe-HPG product. As we await its arrival, a mobile variant has made a cameo on a benchmarking website. Obviously we can never be certain if leaks are accurate. But assuming this one is, it shows a Tiger Lake-H laptop configured with a discrete Xe-HPG graphics chip with 512 execution units (EUs). And for anyone who has not been following Intel's various GPU codenames, Xe-HPG is a high-performance variant that is optimized for gaming. Here's a look at the leaked benchmark... Read more...
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, or as he puts it, the "self-appointed Geek-in-Chief," recently sat down for a video chat with analyst Pierre Ferragu to discuss his growth as a leader and what is in store for the world's largest supplier of semiconductor chips. Gelsinger talked about what he learned during his time at VMWare, and also touched on competitive expectations stemming from Intel's upcoming Alder Lake CPU and Alchemist GPU architecture launches. Lest anyone wonder where Gelsinger's mindset is at these days, in simple terms as it relates to Intel, "the geek is back." Big launches are coming. It starts with Alder Lake, a heterogeneous x86 CPU architecture in which high performance Golden Cove... Read more...
Intel's high-performance Arc family of graphics architectures resemble an adventuring party from tabletop role-playing lore or a classic turn-based computer RPG. The Intel Arc Alchemist, Battlemage, Celestial, and Druid delegation set off across a barren wasteland where GPUs are scarce to take on the mighty Dragon NVIDIA and nimble Red Mage AMD. We've seen their faces before, but today we've managed to obtain exclusive high-resolution artist renderings for the Alchemist, Intel's first gaming GPU architecture that the company plans to introduce products with in early 2022, and we can finally share them with you now. The image above is just a crop, but we're also able to share a couple of high-resolution... Read more...
In our latest 2.5 Geeks livestream, we have a lively discussion about all things Intel Arc Graphics -- from XeSS to the tech behind the GPU -- with Intel special guests Martyn Stroeve, Senior Director Graphics Product Marketing, and Scott Wasson, Senior Manager Graphics Tech Analysis. Show Notes: 01:30 - Introducing Martyn and Scott 03:32 - Putting Together The Intel ARC Team 07:10 - What is Intel's long-term goal with discrete GPUs? 12:47 - Additional Battlemage, Celestial and Druid GPU News 15:52 - Is XeSS somewhat of a hybrid solution vs. DLSS and FSR? 19:50 - Do game devs have to provide Intel assets to train XeSS? 24:00 - Have game devs been open to adopting XeSS? 25:50 - Discussing XeSS... Read more...
While AMD and NVIDIA have primarily duked it out in the enthusiast discrete graphics card market for well over a decade, Intel is looking to kick the door and join the party. Intel announced that its first-generation Alchemist graphics cards would debut in Q1 2022 with compelling performance and modern technologies like real-time ray tracing, variable-rate shading, and AI-based upscaling for games. With this in mind, we will have a Q&A session with Intel this week to dig deeper into what makes Arc tick. We'll have Martyn Stroeve, Intel Senior Director Graphics Product Marketing, and Scott Wasson, Senior Manager Graphics Tech Analysis on hand to give us the low-down. It should be an exciting... Read more...
Intel is going all-in with discrete graphics, which was made abundantly clear last week with the announcement of its Arc family of gaming cards. Built on Intel’s Xe-HPG architecture, the first graphics cards to hit the market in Q1 2022 will come from the Alchemist family. Roger Chandler, who serves as Intel VP and GM for Client Graphics Products and Solutions, recently took to Medium to extoll the virtues of Arc and what it will mean to gamers. One new tidbit of information that he mentioned is that Intel will provide integrated support for overclocking to “push the hardware to the limit.” The overclocking interface will be baked right into the driver UI. This is something... Read more...
Earlier this week, Intel announced its highly anticipated family of discrete graphics cards targeted at the enthusiast gaming market. The cards are based on Intel's Xe-HPG architecture, and will be marketed under the Arc brand name. The first-generation Arc graphics cards were developed under the GPU codename Alchemist, while the second, third, and fourth-generation Arc GPUs will carry the codenames Battlemage, Celestial, and Druid, respectively. At first glance, we didn't think much about these codenames, but upon reflection, there's more to them than meets the eye. One thing that all of these codenames have in common is that they refer to fictional game characters who have a specialized set... Read more...
Intel is excited about its upcoming discrete gaming GPU for the enthusiast market. This is the company's first credible foray into this space since the i740 back in the late 1990s. These graphics cards will be marketed under the Arc brand name and are underpinned by Xe-HPG architecture. Given that Arc cards will compete head-to-head with NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon offerings, Intel will offer all the latest industry buzzwords to deliver high-quality visuals in today's games. As it's DirectX 12 Ultimate compatible, you'll find Mesh Shading, Variable Rate Shading, and Real-Time Ray Tracing support. Intel will also offer its take on NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 and AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution, which it... Read more...
We brought you details from Intel's Architecture Day earlier this morning, and we highly recommend that you grab a cup of coffee and read through it for all the latest information on Alder Lake, Sapphire Rapids, Arc, and more. But looking past those new architectures, Intel also gave us some insight into its strategy for foundries. As we all know, Intel has multiple foundries spread across the globe dedicated to pumping out its processors and other hardware products. However, the company encountered numerous delays as it attempted to transition from 14nm to 10nm (and beyond), which interrupted its roadmap. With the company's IDM 2.0 strategy, it is partnering with outside foundries to alleviate... Read more...
Intel held its annual Architecture Day earlier this week, and it’s safe to say that members of the press and analyst communities were waiting with baited breath for the deep dive disclosures on the company’s next-gen silicon architectures and products that are typically unveiled at the event. This year, Intel gave us a densely-packed view of what it has in store for PC consumers, the enterprise and data centers. From Alder Lake to Intel Arc, Sapphire Rapids, Ponte Vecchio and more, Intel laid down the gauntlet in fair detail on a number of fronts. As usual, there was a lot to digest, so strap in and we’ll cover the key take-aways. Under The Hood Of Alder Lake – Intel’s... Read more...
In case you missed it, Intel kicked off the week by revealing a new brand name for its upcoming consumer high-performance graphics products. It is called Intel Arc, and it not only covers hardware products, but also related software and services, and will span multiple hardware generations. The first of those will be Alchemist (formerly DG2), and as we wait for it to launch next year, Intel has now offered up a teaser of what one of the cards could look like. Intel also noted that all product plans and roadmaps are subject to change without notice, though given that we initially anticipated its first modern discrete graphics card for gaming to arrive by the end of this year, we'd be surprised... Read more...
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