In short: The Intel Scavenger Challenge, which offered Arc Alchemist desktop GPUs as prizes (when available), has ended and 200 winners have been notified. Interestingly, this gave us an idea of ​​how much the GPUs will cost when they go on sale.

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Intel launched his Xe HPG (then called Arc) Scavenger Hunt on March 26 to bring more attention and interest to his Alchemist graphics cards. It all started with a video posted on Twitter containing several hidden codes that pointed to and from the Intel website.

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The hunt is already over. Rock paper shotgun reports that Intel has sent out confirmation messages to 200 winners informing them of their prizes and the Estimated Retail Package Value (ARV), which means we can roughly determine how much Intel desktop cards will cost at launch.

Twitter user La Frite David posted a screenshot of his post confirming a $700 ARV package. It contains a “performance” Intel Arc graphics card, merchandise, and a three-month Xbox Game Pass for PC. Withdrawing $45 for three months of Game Pass Ultimate tier will net you $655. The exact value of the item is unclear, but we can expect the final price of the card to be somewhere between $600 and $640.

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Another winner @Malkoralso posted a snapshot of their victory. The card in this case is listed as GPU Arc “Premium” and comes with merchandise and a six-month Game Pass for PC Ultimate. The ARV package costs $900, which means the card will likely cost between $750 and $800.

That’s pretty high for a premium Arc card. Quick look at Newegg shows that the cheapest RTX 3080 costs $869. It’s not far from an Intel product and few expect them to offer the same level of performance – the Arc will likely be closer to an RTX 3070 or 3070 Ti. The upcoming Nvidia RTX 4000-series (Lovelace) and AMD RDNA 3 cards should also be considered. But GPU prices are falling, so the final Arc price might come as a surprise; Time will tell if this is good or bad.