In the past, Intel was expected to launch its new discrete GPU Named Intel DG2. Now the company has officially announced the launch of its first consumer gaming-grade GPU that is going to retail under the name called Intel Arc. The company has itself designed the new high-end discrete GPUs which is likely to be shipped with both desktops and notebook by Q1 2022.
Roger Chandler, Intel vice president and general manager of Client Graphics Products and Solutions commented on the launch, “Today marks a key moment in the graphics journey we started just a few years ago. The launch of the Intel Arc brand and the reveal of future hardware generations signifies Intel’s deep and continued commitment to gamers and creators everywhere. We have teams doing incredible work to ensure we deliver first-class and frictionless experiences when these products are available early next year.”
According to the company the high-performance graphics products: Intel Arc will cover hardware, software and services, and will span multiple hardware generations, with the first generation, based on the Xe HPG microarchitecture, code-named Alchemist (formerly known as DG2). Intel has also released a video teaser that showcases the performance capabilities of its upcoming GPU’s. The company has not much revealed about the Arc-based GPUs but as per the teaser but the high-end discreet GPUs will be capable of running demanding titles such as Psychonauts 2, Mount & Blade II Bannerlord, Forza Horizon 4, PUBG, Subnautica Below Zero, Metro Exodus, the Rift Breaker, Days Gone, Chivalry and more.
Here's a sneak peek of pre-production Intel Arc graphics in action. https://t.co/VOMsMN6r2y #IntelArc pic.twitter.com/b9fOsXdRCq
— Intel Graphics (@IntelGraphics) August 16, 2021
Intel also revealed the code names of future generations under the Arc brand: Battlemage, Celestial and Druid. As per the company, Intel Arc will be based on the Xe-HPG microarchitecture, a convergence of Intel’s Xe-LP, HP and HPC microarchitectures, that will deliver scalability and compute efficiency with advanced graphics features. Alchemist, the first generation of Intel Arc products, will feature hardware-based ray tracing and artificial intelligence-driven super sampling, and offer full support for DirectX 12 Ultimate. It will also help Intel’s long-term vision is to bring frictionless gaming and content creation experiences to gamers and creators worldwide, giving them innovation and choice in hardware coupled with open and accessible software tools. The Alchemist products will arrive in the first quarter of 2022.
Speculations suggest that the Graphics card will comprise TCMC’s 6nm node to deliver a speed of up to 512 execution units and a clock frequency of up to 2.2Ghz. In addition to this, it may come with a 256-bit memory and have a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of about roughly 275W.
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