Very expected: It’s been almost a year since Intel introduced Arc as the official brand for its upcoming line of GPUs. Since then, gamers and hardware enthusiasts have been eagerly waiting to take a look at a real sample of Intel’s graphics solution. Intel rewarded the participants of this weekend’s Intel Extreme Master (IEM) Pro gaming tournament for their patience and personal review of the Arc Alchemist GPU in action.

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Arc “Special Edition” GPU on display IEM presented attendees with a preview of the upcoming 700-series Alchemist line. It does not state if the board was based on their flagship A770 or A780 model, which is intended to compete directly with Nvidia’s 3070 and 3080 lines.

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ad was done via Twitter by a user Bryce_GfxDriverGuruone of the official Arc Community Lawyers. The card should have 32 Intel Xe cores, 16GB of DDR6 RAM, and five outputs (four DisplayPort and one HDMI). However, information about potential prices and availability was still nowhere to be found.

The path to this milestone in the development of Intel desktop GPUs has been far from smooth. In 2021, the company announced that save desktop graphics until 2022. Last month it was delayed next with the company quoting factory lock and software problems as the main reasons. The delays continue to overshadow Intel in its ability to disrupt the current two-way system in the GPU market.

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Graphics card prices and availability have improved over the past few weeks. In addition to improving market conditions, both companies have already begun to build momentum around their next-generation graphics solutions. With its Arc GPUs targeting the current generations of red and green hardware, Intel will undoubtedly face an uphill battle for a seat at the desktop GPU table.