Hot potato: Intel bit off more than it could chew with Arc Alchemist, but the company seems determined to sort out the software side of things before flooding the market with its GPUs. Suffice it to say that this erases a bit of hype around Team Blue’s discrete GPUs, but at least the company isn’t afraid to admit that its drivers aren’t up to par with Nvidia and AMD.

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With Ark the Alchemist, Intel wanted to hit the discrete GPU market in a big way. However, it looks like the company will skip the current window of opportunity and instead release most of its GPUs closer to the time Nvidia and AMD unveil their next-generation graphics solutions.

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When Intel introduced its mobile Arc GPUs, it was clear from the muted event that things weren’t quite going as planned. original timeline. AT Blog postLisa Pierce, vice president and general manager of the Intel Visual Compute Group, tried to explain why we don’t see so many Arc GPUs in the wild and probably won’t see them anytime soon.

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As we suspected from the relatively chaotic driver development, Intel is in a quandary in this department. This combined with the pandemic factory locks forced Intel to delay the wider adoption of its mobile Arc GPUs. However, the company is promising that more laptops with Arc 3 GPUs will be available later this month, with laptops equipped with more powerful Arc 5 and Arc 7 GPUs going on sale sometime in June.

This is the best-case scenario, so we’ll have to wait and see how it plays out in the coming weeks. But more importantly, gamers who have been waiting to see if Intel’s Arc desktop GPUs can match Nvidia’s and AMD’s offerings are in for a major disappointment. Intel’s approach to Alchemist cards is to release them in China first and hopefully make them more widely available in a few months.

In other words, Intel will be testing its Arc 3 desktop solutions in China with system builders because it believes low-cost offerings are more natural in this large, price-sensitive market. Arc 5 and Arc 7 will also debut on pre-built systems around the world sometime in July or August, so you likely won’t find any standalone Arc desktop maps until the end of the summer.

Pierce notes that Intel chose this phased approach to “serve our customer base efficiently,” which means there was a lack of readiness in the software department, which was confirmed a lucky few who were able to test the Arc A370M and A350M entry-level GPUs. However, these graphic solutions show some potential in early play testsso a delay might be the right thing to do if Intel can resolve the remaining software issues in a few months.