- Intel Arc is the newly announced brand name of Intel’s upcoming high-end graphics chip.
- Such chips, code-named Alchemist, will be shipped in PC desktops and notebooks in the first quarter of 2022.
- Intel Arc GPU will compete with Nvidia’s GeForce and AMD’s Radeon products.
- Intel also released a trailer showing the game running on a pre-production Arc GPU.
Over the years, Intel has been making fun of us, intending to compete with Nvidia and AMD in the high-end PC graphics chip business. Today, the company revealed more puzzles.
The chip maker announced the launch of its high-end GPU Intel Arc brand name will be usedIt also announced the code names of several generations of Arc chips. Formerly known as DG2, the official code name of the first-generation Intel Arc chip is Alchemist. The future Arc chip will be known under the codenames Battlemage, Celestial and Druid.
We still don’t have a lot of key information about Arc, such as the game’s frame rate, power consumption, and pricing. Thank goodness, we know a little bit. The first generation of Arc chips will use Intel’s Xelectronic HPG microarchitecture.according to Computer game playerAccording to rumors about its hardware specifications, its goal is the performance of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 GPU.
Intel has confirmed that the first generation of Arc chips will support “hardware-based ray tracing and artificial intelligence-driven super sampling” and other functions. These chips will also fully support Microsoft’s DirectX 12 Ultimate API.
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The first chips will be available in PC desktops and notebooks sometime in the first quarter of 2022.
Yes, it can run Crysis
The company also released a trailer showing some PC games currently running on pre-production Intel Arc Alchemist GPUs. The trailer shows clips from Forza Horizon 4, PUBG, Metro Exodus and several other games. It even showed footage of the “Crysis” remake of the trilogy, answering whether the Intel Arc chip can indeed run Crysis (an early PC game meme).
Intel said that we can expect to get more information about Arc and Alchemist later in 2021. Obviously, Intel wants to be a high-end solution for gamers and creatives, but we will have to wait and see how it compares to Nvidia’s GeForce and AMD’s Radeon graphics solutions.
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