What to look forward to: The Mechanike system with the A730M stands surprisingly well compared to other laptops with similar specs. It will launch in China later this month, with global availability yet unknown. Early gaming benchmarks don’t look great, but Intel has mentioned that it’s still working on driver support.

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Notebooks equipped with the new Intel Arc A730M GPUs are expected to arrive in China later this month. However, they may remain exclusive to the region for a while, as the company has recently accused factory locks and software issues due to the limited availability of their cheaper Arc cards.

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Liquor on Weibo just now published some notebook test results with the A730M and the results look promising. In 3DMark Time Spy, the system scored a graphics score of 10,107. This is very close to the RTX 3070 laptop, which has an average score. 10 563 in this benchmark.

The reviewer also published several game tests, although it’s clear from the frame rate spikes that Intel’s drivers still have a long way to go. They noted that Shadow of the Tomb Raider just crashes on startup.

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The test system used was a Mechanike laptop with a 14-core Intel Core i7-12700H processor, 16GB of RAM and a 16-inch WQHD screen with a refresh rate of 165Hz. The Chinese laptop maker also posted a slide showing the machine’s Fire Strike results. The Arc card with 23,090 points sits right between the RTX 3060 laptop and the RTX 3070 laptop.

As a reminder, the A730M has 384 EU, 12GB of GDDR6 memory and TGP in the 80-120W range. Intel’s Arc mobile lineup has an even more powerful GPU, the A770M, with 512 EU, 16GB of VRAM and up to 150W TGP power.

The Mechanike Dawn 16 laptop is currently up for sale. CNY 8,499 ($1274), making it one of the cheapest 12700H laptops around. We also recently took a look at the desktop Video arc card at a gaming event in Texas. Unfortunately, there is no release date for Intel desktop cards.