The Intel Arc Alchemist range might disappoint PC gamers

The Intel Arc Alchemist range might disappoint PC gamers

Intel has curbed any speculation surrounding what the lineup of its first desktop graphics cards will be named, with almost the full range seemingly being listed within a beta graphics driver.

As reported by WCCFTech, this information was combed through and then released on Twitter by user @momomo_us. There are a few known variants missing, such as the Arc A350, though these might be absent because they’ll be released at a later date. 

Details for each of the cards have been provided below, with estimated pricing provided by Tom’s Hardware’s coverage. It should be said that we can’t find an official source for pricing anywhere so take these figures with a pinch of salt, but they certainly look likely given the estimated performance of each card variant.

  • Arc A770: Up to 16 GB memory, pricing from $350, faster than RTX 3060 Ti
  • Arc A750: Up to 12 GB memory, pricing from $350, faster than RTX 3060
  • Arc A580: Up to 8 GB memory, pricing from $280, on par with RTX 3060
  • Arc A380: Up to 6 GB memory, pricing from $150, faster than RTX 3050
  • Arc A350: Up to 4 GB memory, pricing from $150, on par with RTX 3050
  • Arc A310: Up to 4 GB memory, pricing from $150, faster than RX 6400

If the Arc Alchemist graphics cards don’t arrive until August, then that’s somewhat disappointing, as Intel has recently said that its promised Q2 launch will be realized – meaning June at the latest.

Intel missed its original scheduled deadline for an Arc driver update, which has caused delays on launching the cards. We can understand that Intel wants to nail the release of its first line of desktop GPUs, especially with its competition being so long established in the industry, but these lengthy launch delays might well cause irreparable damage to Arc’s market potential.

That said, the damage might be unavoidable in western markets as we know that Intel is planning to first release the cards in China later this quarter (before the end of June), with a full global launch planned farther down the line.

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