Intel Stands Out With Arc Pro Graphics at SIGGRAPH 2022

Intel officially entered the professional graphics card battlefield this week at SIGGRAPH 2022 in Vancouver, Canada. Today, Intel is showing off its upcoming professional discrete card offerings for the first time. They showcased their Arc Pro A40 and Arc Pro A50 video cards in their booth on the show floor.

Unfortunately, none of their demo systems used in the show booth are powered by their first Arc Pro A50 solution. Intel’s demo team was extremely proud and excited about the Arc Pro A40 and its current status.

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One takeaway from seeing the two cards side-by-side is the difference in physical size between the Arc Pro A40 and the much larger Arc Pro A50 graphics cards. Although the smaller Arc Pro A40 board could fit into a small form factor solution, Intel is unlikely to push its next high-end board into its smaller factor offerings in this generation of boards.

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As shown in the image above, Intel provides users with four mini-DP sockets. Today at the show, however, only one of the two live demo units uses two displays, and unfortunately there isn’t one that uses all four outputs.

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Computationally intensive blurring and rendering of 1080p video achieves a maximum frame rate of 0.93 seconds per processed frame. Although this performance does not bring any price, it is a first step in the right direction for Intel. GPU usage (computing) hovered between 79-80% when using Topaz Video Enhance AI (v2.6.4) for demo. I noted in the demo that the Alder Lake-based CPU usage struggled to stay below 20% when processing video.

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Although I was disappointed with the performance of the Arc A40 in the demos shown, I was impressed that Intel was able to squeeze its discrete video card into an upcoming Alder Lake-based NUC system. One observation was that the unlaunched Alder Lake NUC-based unit felt cool to the touch, even though the GPU had been running continuously for over an hour.

The underperforming part didn’t seem to produce extreme amounts of heat, which is still eye-catching even in an entry-level part. It seems that with at least the Arc A40 GPU, Igor will not cook eggs in the near future.

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We spoke to a member of Intel’s demo team about the current status of their ray-tracing solution. We were shown a real-time demo running on a combination of SketchUp and D5 Render. Although the demo worked, it showed some artifacts but generally seemed stable throughout the demo without causing system crashes. It should be assumed that software issues will be resolved as drivers mature before release.

We asked to see a final render from start to finish of a scene, but unfortunately they refused to show us an in-person, real-time demonstration of a final render due to time constraints.

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