New Intel Arc Alchemist GPU leak could be bad news for Nvidia

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Another leak around Intel’s upcoming Ark gaming graphics card shows yet again that the flagship GPU can be pitted against the Nvidia RTX 3070 in terms of its expected power level.

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To be precise, this is a leaked slide that came from the Baidu forums as highlighted by VideoCardz, and we should be very skeptical about whether it’s real — though it’s in line with previous indications we’ve found rumored to be true. Heard from, and appears to corroborate, leaks courtesy of Greymons that surfaced on Twitter last week.

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The top Alchemist GPUs – and note that this name, or indeed the Arch brand is not used here, but the older DG2 codename – was shown lining up in terms of performance with both the RTX 3070 and 3060/3060 Ti has gone. Nvidia side of the equation. With AMD, it is shown to be roughly on par with the RX 6700 XT and 6600 XT. Intel offers a TDP of 175W to 225W, according to the GPU slide.

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Interestingly, there are only two different flavors of the DG2 high-end gaming graphics card shown here, the flagship with an affordable 75W model designed to outperform Nvidia’s GTX 1650 Super (again, apply plenty of salt). level will be presented.

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According to the slide, the price of these two Intel Arc GPUs could reportedly be in the $300 to $499 range for the top-end model, or roughly in the $100 to $200 bracket for a more wallet-friendly product.


Analysis: Could This Slide Be Real, Fake – Or Really Too Old?

While this material outlines the two main Intel GPUs, there may be different models using those GPUs. In fact, we’d expect a more midrange model using the flagship (SoC1) chip, as it seems too strange for Intel to offer just one top dog, and then a cheaper one, with nothing in between. .

As we said at the beginning, the slide is in line with previous leaks in reference to Intel targeting Nvidia’s RTX 3070 with its upcoming flagship Alchemist graphics card, but there’s no guarantee it’s not some sort of build. . After all, if someone were to fake something, they would probably line it up with existing rumors to give it an air of authenticity.

We should also make it clear that this presentation isn’t the most solid piece of material we’ve ever laid eyes on, but we shouldn’t be too quick to dismiss it. This is likely to be the same slide that Greymon referred to earlier on Twitter, as noted above, giving it at least a little more credibility.

It’s also worth mentioning that the DG2 codename is still used in this leak, with no mention of the freshly revealed Ark or Alchemist branding. This suggests another possibility that this is an older slide from Intel, which predates the new branding, so it may be genuine, but from a while ago – and if so, the performance comparison here is no longer relevant. Might be possible.

Overall, while it is an interesting glimpse of what we can expect from Intel with its new GPUs, in terms of pricing as well as performance, be careful here. With Arc GPUs to arrive in early 2022, if the flagship can compete with the RTX 3070, Nvidia will take a long time to respond (with next-generation graphics cards not expected from Team Green until later) . Year).

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