The Chipset maker Intel has announced the availability of its first discrete Intel Arc GPUs for laptops; desktop and workstation products will be available later this year. The family of Intel Arc 3 graphics includes two A-series models namely Arc A350M and Arc A370M. Intel Arc graphics include AI-enhanced XeSS upscaling, AI-accelerated media capabilities, Intel Deep Link technology, and more, and are aimed at gaming and content creation.
Many of the first Arc 3 graphics products will go into Intel Evo devices, and Intel Arc A-Series graphics will power a wide range of mobile designs. The A350M for ultra-thin designs and the A370M for more performance in thin-and-light designs will be the first two product offerings.
As per the company, the first laptops with Intel Arc graphics will be Intel Evo models powered by the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors. Intel Arc graphics’ increased processing power is said to enable new and improved gaming and creation capabilities in mobile form factors.
Intel Arc 3 graphics will deliver improved 1080p gaming and content creation. On a variety of popular titles, Arc A370M-based laptops will deliver more than 60 frames per second at 1080p. The Intel Arc 5 and Arc 7 graphics products will provide the same cutting-edge content-creation capabilities as the Intel Arc 4 and Arc 5 graphics products, but with improved graphics and computing performance. In comparison to Arc 3 products, these GPUs will have more Xe-cores, Ray Tracing Units, and GDDR6 memory.
All Intel Arc A-Series GPU-equipped products are based on Intel’s new Xe High-Performance Graphics microarchitecture, or Xe HPG for short, which was designed from the ground up for gamers and creators. It will have Xe-cores with integrated Intel Xe Matrix Extensions (XMX) AI engines to provide a 16x increase in computing capability when compared to traditional GPU vector units for AI inferencing operations. The Xe Media Engine accelerates the widest range of video codecs and standards, including AV1 hardware-accelerated encoding and decoding. While the Xe Display Engine supports the latest standards, including Display Port 2.0 10G for 4K at 120hz uncompressed, which is up to 50% more efficient than today’s most popular codec, H.264, and 30% more efficient than H.265.3. According to the company the Xe Display Engine is ready for high-resolution, high refresh rate HDR displays, supporting the latest standards, including Display Port 2.0 10G for 4K at 120hz uncompressed.
DirectX 12 Ultimate and advanced gaming technologies such as hardware-accelerated ray tracing and Xe Super Sampling will be fully supported by every Intel Arc GPU, from Intel Arc 3 to Intel Arc 7 graphics (XeSS). Ray tracing, variable-rate shading, mesh shading, and samplerfeedback are among the DirectX 12 Ultimate technologies.
Intel Arc graphics for mobile supports Intel Deep Link technology, which allows Arc GPUs to work in tandem with Intel CPUs with integrated graphics to improve performance for gaming, creating, and streaming.
Preorders for the first laptops with Arc 3 graphics are now open, with Arc 5 and Arc 7 laptops following in early summer. In the summer, Intel will release Arc graphics for desktops and add-in cards.
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