We’ve eagerly awaited the launch of Intel’s line of discrete graphics cards, and now it’s finally around the corner. At least for gaming laptops. A wait page on Intel’s official website teases the Arc GPU launch event for March 30 at 8 AM PT. This event will only showcase laptop GPUs for now, but it’s still the start of a new future for Intel hardware.
The GPUs we expect to see featured will likely be similar to the DG2 Arc laptop specs we saw in January and thankfully we have a bit more specifics. VideoCardz spotted a blog post in which Lisa Pearce, vice president and general manager of Visual Compute Group, answered a few questions ahead of the launch.
According to the post, the first discrete Intel Arc GPU to hit the market will be the A370M. It boasts up to 2x improvement over an embedded card without changing the overall form factor of the machine. Intel attributes some of the improvements to its Deep Link technologies and promises better performance in the future.
The 2x performance claim was achieved using Metro Exodus’ average FPS at 1080 on medium. You would certainly expect better performance in any game with discrete rather than integrated graphics, but we’re guessing at medium settings extra features like ray tracing were probably not enabled. Still, more power in the same form factor is definitely what we like to see from technology, especially in our gaming laptops.
Still, many of us are hoping to see what Intel is also planning to bring to the desktop GPU lineup. We expect to hear more about this in a few months, which is a bit later than we hoped. Leaks suggest powerful cards that could even compete with the big dogs like AMD and Nvidia.