Why is it important: Dedicated mobile Intel Arc 3 GPUs are rare, likely because the company believes the software isn’t quite ready yet. According to some new benchmarks done with the Arc A370M GPU, Team Blue is not going to disappoint. Things can get a lot more interesting when Arc 5 and Arc 7 series GPUs hit the market.

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Intel introduced its mobile Arc Alchemist GPUs in March, but it has yet to flood the market with millions of such GPUs. promised in January. Raja Koduri, senior vice president of Intel’s architecture, graphics and software division (IAGS), said that Intel is preparing to resolve the video card crisis. However, only a couple of its discrete GPUs can be found in a handful of laptops sold by Samsung in South Korea.

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To get an idea of ​​how rare these details are, Matt Smith of PCWorld visited The Intel Jones Farm campus in Portland, Oregon wants to get their hands on an MSI-based reference machine. Summit E16 Flip Evo equipped with Arc A370M GPU. The good news is that he was able to run a few benchmarks on it to see if Intel’s performance promises matched.

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As some of you remember, AMD last month boasted about the performance of their Radeon RX 6500M laptop GPU and how it compares to the Intel Arc A370M. In short, the Team Red GPU was twice as fast in five games at 1080p. With the exception of Strange Brigade, where the performance difference was more modest – 19fps – the RX 6500M was in another league – at least in the best games list.

Smith tested the Arc A370M for the first time in 3DMark’s TimeSpy test, and surprisingly, it was able to beat Nvidia. RTX 3050 laptop GPU with a score of 4405 points. RTX 3050 Ti significantly faster, scoring nearly 6000 points, but again, this is a mid-range card with a TGP of 35-80W while the Arc A370M is an entry-level GPU with 35-50W.

The visit to the Intel campus was short, but Smith was also able to launch several games such as Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition. The Arc A370M GPU was 18% faster than the RTX 3050 in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. More importantly, it was three times faster than Intel’s own integrated Iris Xe GPU, which could only deliver 21 fps at 1080p using the highest graphics settings.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Arc A370M isn’t quite capable of running Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition at 1080p using high presets, even with the lowest possible ray tracing settings. So is the laptop Nvidia RTX 3050 GPU, but at 22fps it’s technically faster than the Arc A370M, which could only hit 19fps.

All in all, Intel’s entry-level Arc graphics solution for notebooks performed quite impressively. This suggests that Team Blue Alchemist GPUs could be pretty close to Nvidia and AMD’s current entry-level and mainstream offerings. The big unknown is whether proper driver support will be ready by the time they hit the market, as things like Dynamic Power Share already exist. shown to thwart the potential of Team Blue’s dedicated GPUs.