Intel has just unveiled the brand name for its high-performance graphics cards: Intel Arc. Not to be confused with Intel Ark, where you go if you want to check out the different specs for its processors. We’ll see the first generation of these new GPUs launching in Q1 2022 under the code name, Alchemist.
Formally the Intel DG2 discrete graphics card, Alchemist is based on the Intel Xe HPG microarchitecture, with performance rumoured to be capable of taking aim at the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070. Well, in terms of raw compute power, anyway.
We had hoped that Intel’s first gaming GPU would be launching this year, but it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little longer to get our hands on the third way in PC graphics cards. Waiting for GPUs… how very 2021.
As well as showing off its new brand name with some snazzy CG video, Intel has also announced the Arc range will cover multiple generations of graphics hardware, with Battlemage, Celestial, and Druid listed as the code names for future generations of Intel gaming GPUs.
Dave has been gaming since the days of Zaxxon and Lady Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Death Race 2000!). He built his first gaming PC at the tender age of 16, and finally finished bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system around a year later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first started writing for Official PlayStation Magazine and Xbox World many decades ago, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 among others. Now he’s back, writing about the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with more cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the sun, and SSDs more capacious than a Cybertruck.
In other news – Generations: The Legacy halts production after reported positive Covid-19 cases
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It has been established that the positive cases have disrupted production for two weeks. Rumour has it that four of the cast members became seriously ill and one was hospitalised. Learn more