The availability of graphics cards for Intel Arc Alchemist games has reportedly been delayed until mid-summer, drivers remain problematic

Intel’s long-awaited graphics cards for Arc Alchemist games could be delayed until mid-summer based on the latest information from Igor’s Lab. The launch of the graphics cards is planned for the end of the second quarter, but due to various driver-related issues, the launch is likely to be delayed.

Intel’s first Arc Alchemist graphics cards have reportedly been delayed until mid-summer 2022, with drivers once again listed as the cause of the delay

A few days ago, we reported on the expected timeline for the release of Intel’s Arc Alchemist graphics cards for the gaming segment. Based on the Alchemist Xe-HPG architecture, the first Arc A-Series cards were expected to hit store shelves by the end of this quarter. In fact, Intel has already announced a premium, Arc Limited Edition graphics card, for launch by the end of the second quarter of 2022. Intel has also announced the winners of its Scavenger Hunt to be the first to grab new graphics cards, even before they hit store shelves.

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But from now on, reports of a proper launch look bleak. Igor Wallossek reports that based on various sources, Intel could delay the actual availability of its line of graphics cards for games until late summer. This sets the time period from 1 July to 31 August. Igor also reports that AIBs are getting pretty frustrated with Intel’s planning and don’t know when the graphics cards will actually launch.

The reason, again, states drivers. You may remember our previous report which also states that drivers are the main cause of delays and Intel wants to solve all the problems before releasing its cards for sale. This is one of the reasons why Intel made a limited launch of its first Arc A-series products in Asian markets. The Arc A350M and Arc A370M notebook GPUs are currently only available in select Asian regions and on select notebooks. The US, EU and other major regions have yet to gain access to Arc-powered laptops. With the starting line delivered in such a limited volume, one can imagine how small quantities the top series Arc 5 and Arc 7 will get.

As for the way this delay affects the entire lineup, the final specifications have already been set in stone so it is unlikely that the clocks and firmware will change. But right now, drivers are questionable at best. No one actually owns the ultimate drivers, and the ones they have in their hands are either to camouflage the actual performance or simply avoid negative reports through online media.

Intel is in the lead due to a lack of promised driver and GPU updates for ARC graphics

NVIDIA and AMD are already convinced based on their findings that their current offering is competitive enough to cope with everything Intel brings to the table in the form of Arc Alchemist graphics cards. The cancellation of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 16 GB and AMD that does not push the RX 6750 XT far more than the RTX 3070 is proof that both GPU giants are very confident with their existing lines. Availability in mid and late summer would also mean that Intel’s lineup will be very close to NVIDIA and AMD’s new generation of graphics cards also expected around the fourth quarter of 2022.

Furthermore, all of these delays and driver issues do not bode well for Intel’s first graphics launch. In addition, if this continues, Intel could lose potential partners on the board which would further impact the introduction of their Arc graphics cards. Overall, this doesn’t look good at all, but hopefully Intel can come up with a better timeframe for launching at its upcoming ‘VISION’ event followed by more detailed specifications and price announcements at Computex 2022 later this month.

Intel Arc A-Series ‘Rumored’ desktop graphics card offering:

Graphics card variant GPU variant GPU Die Executive units Shading units (cores) Memory capacity Memory speed Memory bus TGP
Arc A780 Xe-HPG 512EU (TBD) Bow ACM-G10 512 EU (TBD) 4096 (TBD) 16 GB GDDR6 16 Gbps 256-bit ~ 275 W
Arc A770 Xe-HPG 512EU (TBD) Bow ACM-G10 512 EU (TBD) 4096 (TBD) 16 GB GDDR6 16 Gbps 256-bit ~ 250W
Arc A770 Xe-HPG 512EU (TBD) Bow ACM-G10 512 EU (TBD) 4096 (TBD) 8 GB GDDR6 16 Gbps 256-bit ~ 250W
Arc A750 Xe-HPG 384EU (TBD) Bow ACM-G10 384 EU (TBD) 3072 (TBD) 12 GB GDDR6 16 Gbps 192-bit ~ 200W
Arc A580 Xe-HPG 256EU (TBD) Bow ACM-G10 256 EU (TBD) 2048 (TBD) 8 GB GDDR6 16 Gbps 128-bit ~ 150W
Arc A380 Xe-HPG 128EU (TBD) Bow ACM-G11 128 EU (TBD) 1024 (TBD) 6 GB GDDR6 16 Gbps 96-bit ~ 100W
Arc A350 Vehicle-HPG 96 (TBD) Bow ACM-G11 96 EU (TBD) 768 (required) 4 GB GDDR6 16 Gbps 64-bit ~ 75W
Arc A310 Xe-HPG 64 (TBD) Bow ACM-G11 64 EU (TBD) 512 (should) 4 GB GDDR6 16 Gbps 64-bit ~ 50W

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