Intel delays release of its Arc graphics cards due to lack of confidence

Thursday, June 23, 2022 • 3:00 EDT

Why it matters: Intel may have wanted to exploit a window of opportunity with its Intel Arc GPUs, but the company has had to delay their release and even limit the initial availability to the Asian market. This does beg the question of whether Intel is trying to buy more time to perfect the drivers for Intel Arc, but the performance of the A380 GPU is disappointing unless you consider its relatively low price. Now that the first independent review of a desktop Arc graphics card is out, Intel's lack of confidence in its discrete GPUs seems warranted. In real-world gaming tests, the Arc A380 proved to be less powerful than AMD's Radeon RX 6400, and that includes popular titles like PUBG, GTA 5, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, League of Legends, Forza Horizon 5, and Red Dead Redemption 2. If you look at the specs, the Arc A380 does have some things going for it such as six gigabytes of GDDR6 memory connected over a 96-bit bus, a PCIe 4.0 x8 interface, and three DisplayPort 2.0 ports. We have yet to see any Intel Arc GPUs outside of South Korea and China, despite the company's initial promise that it would flood the market with a wide range of desktop and laptop models. That said, an early independent review published by Bilibili user Shenmedounengce suggests the Intel part doesn't perform that well outside of synthetic benchmarks, where it does slot in between the Radeon RX 6500 XT and Nvidia's RTX 3050. Last month, Intel said its desktop Arc A-series graphics cards would be China-exclusive for a few months. ( Continue reading.

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