Intel has recently released their Alchemist Arc A380 GPU onto the Chinese market and one of the early retail cards coming out of that launch wave is from a local Chinese brand, Gungnir. Despite an OEM-first launch, the cards have now made their way to Chinese reviewers’ hands with Shenmedounengce (Bilibili) sharing some interesting results, one we’ve already expected for this launch
Despite Intel’s keynote about Arc Graphics receiving a dedicated driver team, the independent performance results from this review shows us that Intel has some work to do as benchmarks scores are significantly ahead of actual in-game results.
The benchmarks above show us numbers just below the GTX 1650. Pricewise, the GTX 1650 would be the closest from NVIDIA against the Arc A380 with the Radeon RX 6400 and TX 6500 XT following suit. The chart above shows us League of Legends in 4K trailing behind the GTX 1650. League of Legends is a very light game and even in 4K goes past 120FPS from this test system.
The other test is with the heavier AAA title Forza Horizon 5. A brilliantly impressive visual feast, Forza Horizon 5 on the Arc A380 is said to run at 65FPS in this test.
The summary results shows us that the Arc A380 at its current state is around 24% (at most) behind the GTX 1650.
The in-game benchmarks are relatively far from synthetic benchmarks. 3DMark Time Spy results for the Arc A380 shows the card performance just behind the RTX 3050, a card currently double its MSRP with current street prices here in Asia. It also outperforms the RX 6500 XT as well in this benchmark.
Unless Intel is juicing in canned benchmarks or this is just pure optimization for these application, then it may be possible that Intel’s Arc A380 could still have more performance untapped, something more mature drivers could provide.
With the GPU market facing a possible shift downwards in pricing, Intel may need to rethink their pricing with the Arc A380 having an MSRP of $160 in China (converted) if they fail to improve these numbers. Given their benchmark