Get your rigs ready! Some of the major after-market motherboard makers are set to produce graphics cards using Intel Arch Alchemist as early as next year, either designing new products themselves or the chip giant’s long-standing support for AMD and Nvidia. Working with Intel’s reference card design for the awaited competition.
As the leading CPU chip maker in the world, Intel has long-standing relationships with companies such as Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, and many more, making motherboards with the vast majority of chip processors. These are the same companies that produce most of the world’s graphics cards, whether they are powered by AMD or Nvidia GPUs… or anything for that matter.
So these brands are a natural fit for making their own versions of Intel’s soon-to-be-released discrete graphics cards. According to VideoCardz, this may be happening behind the scenes, based on an interview given to Chinese media by Intel’s Raja Koduri.
Although it is unclear from the interview whether Asus, Gigabyte and MSI are helping Intel produce Intel’s own reference versions of the Ark Alchemist graphics card, or if they are making their own versions of the cards like they do with AMD’s. Do with and nvidia.
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Analysis: Intel Arch Alchemist graphics cards could make a big splash
It’s unclear whether Intel Ark Alchemist will go toe-to-toe with the Nvidia RTX 3090 and AMD RX 6900 XT anytime soon, but we expect it to compete confidently in the midrange and almost certainly in the budget range of the scale.
We don’t know a whole lot about Arch Alchemist’s specs, apparently, or even how many different cards Intel plans to release, but the Intel X-HPG architecture on which Arch based, has a core count of 4,096 – less than the 5,688 cores in the RTX 3070 but more than the AMD RX 6700 XT’s 2,560. This puts the Arc Alchemist roughly between two rival midrange cards.
And Intel’s Ark Alchemist will have AI-powered resolution upscaling and other similar features, making it more in line with Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling than AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution, since the latter is not powered by machine learning technology, while the former.
This is Intel’s first real attempt at a discrete graphics card, so don’t expect it to score 10s in exactly the same way. Nvidia will continue to be the leader on the graphics processing front. But this lineup will certainly make a splash when it lands, and AMD just might be soaking in the process.
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