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.
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.
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|