Intel’s highly anticipated Arc Alchemist gaming graphics cards may very well be delayed until mid-summer according to the latest information from Igor’s lab. The graphics cards are scheduled to be released in late Q2, but due to various driver-related issues, the release is likely to be delayed.
Intel’s First Arc Alchemist Gaming Graphics Cards Reportedly Delayed To Mid-Summer 2022, Drivers Cited As Cause Of Delay Once Again
A few days ago, we reported the expected release timeframe for Intel’s Arc Alchemist graphics cards for the gaming segment. Based on the Alchemist Xe-HPG architecture, the first Arc A-Series cards were expected to hit stores later this quarter. In fact, Intel has already announced the best Arc Limited Edition graphics card, which will launch at the end of Q2 2022. Intel also announced the winners of its Scavenger Hunt to be the first to get their hands on the new graphics cards, even before. hit store shelves.
But as of now, reports about the proper launch seem bleak. Igor Wallossek reports that, according to various sources, Intel could postpone the actual availability of its line of gaming graphics cards until late summer. This sets a time frame from July 1 to August 31. Igor also reports that AIBs are quite frustrated with Intel’s planning and don’t know when the graphics cards will actually be released.
The reason, once again, is cited as the drivers. You might remember our previous report which also mentioned how drivers are the main cause of lag and Intel wants to fix all the issues before they release their cards. That is one of the reasons why Intel has made a limited release of its first Arc A series products in Asian markets. The Arc A350M and Arc A370M GPUs for laptops are currently available only in select Asian regions and on select laptops. The US, EU, and other major regions do not yet have access to Arc-powered laptops. With the entry-level lineup shipping at such a limited volume, one can imagine how low the volume of the higher-end Arc 5 and Arc 7 series will be.
As for how this delay affects the entire lineup, the final specs are already set in stone, so clocks and firmware are unlikely to change. But currently, the drivers are questionable at best. Nobody really owns the final drivers and the ones they do get their hands on are to camouflage actual performance or simply to avoid negative reporting through the online news media.
NVIDIA and AMD are already convinced, based on their findings, that their current offerings are competitive enough to take on anything Intel brings to the table in the form of Arc Alchemist gaming graphics cards. The cancellation of NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 16GB and the fact that AMD hasn’t pushed the RX 6750 XT much higher than the RTX 3070 is evidence that both GPU giants are very confident in their existing lineups. A mid- to late-summer availability would also mean that the Intel lineup will end very close to the launch of the next-gen graphics card from NVIDIA and AMD, which is also expected in Q4 2022.
Also, all these lags and driver issues don’t bode well for Intel’s first graphics release. Also, if this continues, Intel could lose potential board partners, further affecting the rollout of its Arc graphics cards. Overall this doesn’t look good at all, but hopefully Intel can unveil a better launch time frame at its next ‘VISION’ event followed by more detailed spec and pricing disclosures at Computex 2022 later this month.
Intel Arc A-Series Desktop Graphics Card Line ‘Rumoured’:
|Graphics card variant||GPU variant||GPU die||Execution Units||Shading units (cores)||memory capacity||memory speed||memory bus||TGP|
|bow A780||Xe-HPG 512EU (TBD)||ACM-G10 bow||512 EU (TBD)||4096 (to be determined)||16GB GDDR6||16Gb/s||256 bit||~275W|
|bow A770||Xe-HPG 512EU (TBD)||ACM-G10 bow||512 EU (TBD)||4096 (to be determined)||16GB GDDR6||16Gb/s||256 bit||~250W|
|bow A770||Xe-HPG 512EU (TBD)||ACM-G10 bow||512 EU (TBD)||4096 (to be determined)||8GB GDDR6||16Gb/s||256 bit||~250W|
|bow A750||Xe-HPG 384EU (TBD)||ACM-G10 bow||384 EU (TBD)||3072 (to be determined)||12GB GDDR6||16Gb/s||192 bit||~200W|
|bow A580||Xe-HPG 256EU (TBD)||ACM-G10 bow||256 EU (TBD)||2048 (to be determined)||8GB GDDR6||16Gb/s||128 bit||~150W|
|bow A380||Xe-HPG 128EU (TBD)||ACM-G11 Bow||128 EU (TBD)||1024 (to be determined)||6GB GDDR6||16Gb/s||96 bit||~100W|
|bow A350||Xe-HPG 96 (TBD)||ACM-G11 Bow||96 EU (TBD)||768 (to be determined)||4GB GDDR6||16Gb/s||64 bit||~75W|
|bow A310||Xe-HPG 64 (TBD)||ACM-G11 Bow||64 EU (TBD)||512 (to be determined)||4GB GDDR6||16Gb/s||64 bit||~50W|