Intel’s Latest Beta Drivers Confirm Upcoming Arc GPU Models

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Intel’s Arc GPUs are already finding their way into laptops, with the full lineup outlined on the official Arc product page. However, less is known about the desktop parts, except that they should be released in the second half of the year and will appear for the first time in OEM systems exclusively in China. We know a bit more about these desktop graphics cards now thanks to the latest beta drivers listing the yet-unreleased GPU model names.

The beta drivers in question only officially support laptops containing Arc A350M, Arc A370M, and integrated graphics found in 12th Gen Intel mobile processors. These solutions are theoretically available in the wild, though good luck getting your hands on any laptop with Intel’s discrete GPUs.

These are the other chips mentioned in the drivers (marked by @momomo_us) which are more interesting. Five desktop GPUs are listed: A770, A750, A580, A380, and A310. Previously, there were rumors of a high-end A780 and a more affordable A350, but neither of these are mentioned in the driver package. Their omission doesn’t mean they definitely don’t exist, but their existence is a bit more questionable now.

The drivers don’t reveal the actual make-up of these chips, although moving parts specs combined with previous rumors suggest the A770 will have 32 Xe cores and come in two different configurations: one with 16GB of GDDR6 VRAM and one with 8 GB. of GDDR6. These two GPUs are expected to use a 256-bit memory bus and feature 4,096 FP32 cores.

The A750 and A580 reduce the Xe Core countdown to 24 and 16 respectively, with narrower 192-bit and 128-bit memory buses as well. The A380 and A310, on the other hand, further reduce that number to 8 and 4 Xe cores for the more affordable end of the spectrum.

While we were initially excited about Intel joining the graphics card fray, the longer it takes to bring cards to market, the less excited we become. On the one hand, graphics card prices are slowly returning to MSRP levels, and on the other hand, next-gen offerings from AMD and Nvidia are expected in the second half of the year, with the latest rumors promising the Nvidia’s 4000-series GPUs as soon as July. . That’s potentially before we see Intel’s Arc Alchemist GPUs, at least outside of China.

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