Intel is reportedly soft-launching their Alchemist desktop GPUs in China starting with the Arc A380. This entry-level GPU has a retail price of ¥1,030 (around $150) and is part of Intel’s entry-level line-up for Arc Graphics. The Xe-HPG is Intel’s first discrete desktop graphics card for mainstream consumers and is built on TSMC’s N6 node.
Intel’s design features Xe cores and the entry-level Arc A380 features 8 Xe cores and is complimented by 6GB of GDDR6 memory wired to a 96-bit memory bus. As announced already, Intel’s GPU will feature the company’s own acceleration functions like XeSS machine-learning upscaling and XMX and AV1 support.
Intel shares performance expectations for the Arc A380 which shows average frame rate for popular games like DOTA2, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Apex Legends, Overwatch and other titles. Its unsure what graphics settings Intel uses in these benchmarks but DOTA 2 at 230FPS is scoring extremely high versus what we normally expect.
The Intel Arc A380 will be offered via OEM partners first namely Acer, ASUS, GIGABYTE, GUNNIR, HP and MSI in China and are expected to carry the cards once Intel opens up global availability.