Insider Moore’s law is dead, who has access to his sources in graphics card industry, and who previously accurately predicted parameters of Radeon RX6700 XT prior to its release, shared some interesting details about long-suffering 3D Intel Arc Cards. He stated that Intel does not want to be in pain and Arc consumer 3D accelerators could be canceled. The company is currently discussing such a move at a high-level.
Summer is almost over. Of the new generation of discrete Intel video card, only the Arc A380 is currently on sale. Even that model is low-powered and has a lot of software issues.
It’s interesting to note that Arc Alchemist videocards, which were expected to be released last year, didn’t actually come out. They have been the subject of much talk lately. There were even tests in games. But there has been no mention of their release. The sales of the Arc A380 in China were delayed by a month, and the performance was comparable to a GeForce GTX 1650 4 year old. It was discovered that the Arc Alchemist 780, which is the most powerful, did not exist. Therefore, Intel expects the Arc A770 to be the best performing Arc Alchemist 780, with performance comparable to the GeForce RTX 3060.
It is unclear who would buy the Arc A380 given its many problems, especially with drivers. This isn’t an insignificant question. It’s much easier for gamers to purchase an Nvidia or AMD model and install it on a computer so they can start playing immediately, instead of waiting for Intel to finish the drivers or software.
Arc Alchemist didn’t work out in the end, so it is not surprising that the company won’t release these video cards. Although the decision is not yet made, it is on the table. The company will continue to issue 3D cards for data processing centres – there are greater margins and a smaller audience than gamers.
Interesting thing: Even if Intel’s next generation discrete 3D card (Battlemage), is cancelled, the company’s marketing team will continue to talk about Arc video cards until the final verdict.
Another interesting fact: an insider claims that the Alchemist Refresh product line will still be released in the near future. This will place a strong emphasis on mobile GPUs but also include discrete graphics cards. They are expected to be revealed at the start of 2023. Everyone was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first Alchemist last January, but they have yet to be released.
All this leads us to conclude that Intel will likely stop making Arc Alchemist video card cards. Ready-made models or under active development models of these cards will be released, but 3D cards for the next three generations (Battlemage Celestial, Druid, and Celestial) won’t be seen again. It would be a shame if Intel fails this time. After all, there was a lot of talk and hopes. However, the implementation leaves much to be desired (at least for the user segment).