SiSoftware has published the first review of its kind for the Intel Arc Alchemist A380, the dedicated graphics card with which the chip giant will cover the entry-level range.
In addition to the scores of this model, the media has published the general specifications of the rest of the field, and they are the ones that we have been telling you about.
Intel carefully prepares its return to the dedicated graphics segment twenty years after its departure. Although the company dominates the total number of graphics chips integrated into its processors, it has been falling far behind in performance and technology. That will end next quarter with these Arc Alchemists, the culmination of several years of work and a significant investment in money and talent.
Intel Arc Alchemist A380: results
The truth is that more important than specific performance data, we need Intel graphics to offer enough competition, balanced in price, with good drivers, and distributed in a good number to help the current chaotic situation.
SiSoftware has pitted the Intel card against the Radeon RX 6500 XT, the RTX 3050, and the GTX 1660 Ti, three models that, like her, are intended for the entry-level range. The tests carried out have been carried out on the memory bandwidth:
And also from general-purpose GPU (GPGPU) compute benchmarks (OpenCL/CUDA); vector performance; image processing; scientific analysis; financial analysis; crypto and hashing performance.
They are general synthetic tests that place us at the level of the card. And a little more. We still need to know if the test has been carried out on engineering or final samples, the operating frequencies, and much more data. Also, Intel will continue to work on drivers until release, so the final results should improve.
You can review the graphs at this link. As a general conclusion, the medium assigns the Intel Arc Alchemist A380 a 7 out of 10, estimating that it offers “nothing special” and qualifying it as an “OK for its price range.” Keep in mind that this model will be the entry-level model and will have an estimated price of $199. And also from general-purpose GPU (GPGPU) compute benchmarks (OpenCL/CUDA); vector performance; image processing; scientific analysis; financial analysis; crypto and hashing performance.
The medium has also published the general characteristics of the range, and they are as expected from what is known so far. You will see it more clearly in the following image, which includes a summary of the execution units or the memory and bus capacity.
We will have time to analyze it when we have official data, but what has been said, the important thing is to have another actor to buy dedicated graphics from. Intel has the talent and resources to become a consistent alternative in a short time.