Here are the specs of Intel’s Arc Desktop graphics cards
As Intel prepares to officially launch its Arc desktop GPUs, the company is detailing specifications for four models in the product line.
The company revealed the specs on Thursday video(Opens in a new window) which gives PC builders a taste of what to expect from Intel’s foray into discrete gaming graphics. The chipmaker confirms that the A770 is the most powerful model in the Arc desktop line, followed by the A750.
The products then narrow down to the midrange A580 and entry-level A380, which Newegg has been quietly selling online in the US since last month.
Specs show that the A770 can deliver up to 560 GB/s of memory bandwidth. Meanwhile, the memory bandwidth of the A580 and A750 can reach 512 GB/s, which is more than the 448 GB/s of Nvidia’s RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti, although the specifications are not always directly comparable due to the different architectures.
Xe cores represent the primary compute engines of the Arc graphics card. “So more Xe cores mean more graphics performance and larger dies,” Intel graphics colleague Tom Petersen said in the video. Meanwhile, XMX engines are designed to accelerate AI-based workloads, such as video and photo editing.
Specifications for Intel-branded Arc graphics cards. (Credit: Intel)
Intel also revealed GPU clock speeds. However, the specs only cover expected performance for a majority of games and apps; they do not necessarily represent the highest possible clock speeds.
The other notable detail is how the Arc A770 will mostly arrive with 8GB of GDDR6 video RAM. But in some cases, vendors will release 16GB models.
The specs don’t exactly reveal much about performance. But in recent weeks, Intel has released benchmarks for the Arc A770 and Arc 750, which suggest the cards will rival Nvidia’s RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3060 products respectively. However, the key question is how much the Arc cards will cost.
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For now, Intel continues to remain mum on pricing and the launch of Arc desktop graphics cards in the US. But the company plans to release its own Intel-branded Arc cards, much like Nvidia has its Founders Edition RTX 3000 GPUs.
“We ship it internationally, it will be available on launch day,” Petersen said. Intel’s own Arc A770 card will also come with 16GB of video RAM.
In the meantime, check out our review of the Arc A380, which is on sale on Newegg for $139 with a higher clock speed. The low price of the product can make it appealing to consumers on a budget. But we gave the A380 a lackluster review for its shaky performance, especially when it comes to running older games running DirectX11.
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