According to the latest news from Igor’s Lab, Intel’s long-awaited Arc Alchemist graphics cards may be delayed mid-summer. The release of graphics cards is scheduled for the end of Q2, but is likely to be delayed due to various driver issues.
Intel’s first Arc Alchemist graphics cards reportedly delayed until mid-summer 2022, drivers re-cited as the cause of the delay
A few days ago, we reported on the expected release date 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 later this quarter. In fact, Intel has already announced that its top-of-the-line Arc Limited Edition graphics card will be released by the end of Q2 2022. Intel has also announced that the winners of its Scavenger Hunt will be the first to get new graphics cards, hitting the shelves even earlier.
But at the moment, reports of proper commissioning look bleak. Igor Wallossek reports that, based on various sources, Intel may postpone the actual availability of its gaming graphics card offering until late summer. This marks the period from July 1 to August 31. Igor also reports that AIBs are getting quite frustrated with Intel’s plans and don’t know when graphics cards will actually be released to the market.
The reason, once again, is drivers. You may remember our previous report which also cited drivers as the main cause of lag and Intel is looking to fix all issues before releasing their cards. This is one of the reasons why Intel has introduced a limited release of its first Arc A series products to the Asian market. Arc A350M and Arc A370M laptop GPUs are currently available only in selected Asian regions and selected laptops. The US, EU and other major regions have yet to gain access to arc-powered laptops. Considering that the baseline is supplied in such a limited quantity, you can imagine how low-end the high-end Arc 5 and Arc 7 series will be.
As for the impact of this delay on the entire lineup, the final specs have already been settled, so clocks and firmware are unlikely to change. But now the drivers are questionable to say the least. Nobody really has the final drivers, and the ones they do have either camouflage the actual results or just avoid negative reports in the internet press.
NVIDIA and AMD are already convinced from their findings that their current offering is competitive enough to deal with everything Intel is bringing to the table in the form of Arc Alchemist gaming graphics cards. The cancellation of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 16GB and the AMD RX 6750 XT not ejecting much higher than the RTX 3070 is proof that both GPU giants are very confident in their current lines. Availability from mid to late summer would also mean Intel’s offering will be very close to introducing the next-generation NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards, which are also expected around Q4 2022.
Moreover, all these delays and driver problems do not bode well for Intel’s first graphics release. Additionally, if this continues, Intel could lose potential motherboard partners, further impacting the development of their Arc graphics cards. Overall, it’s not looking good, but hopefully Intel can propose a better launch timeframe at the upcoming “VISION” event, followed by more detailed specs and price disclosures for Computex 2022 later this month.
The “Rumor” line of Intel Arc A-series desktop graphics cards:
|Graphics card variant||GPU variant||GPU matrix||Executive units||Shading units (cores)||Memory capacity||Memory speed||Memory bus||TGP|
|Arch A780||Xe-HPG 512EU (TBD)||ACM-G10 arc||512 UE (TBD)||4096 (TBD)||16 GB of GDDR6 memory||16 Gb / s||256-bit||~ 275W|
|Arch A770||Xe-HPG 512EU (TBD)||ACM-G10 arc||512 UE (TBD)||4096 (TBD)||16 GB of GDDR6 memory||16 Gb / s||256-bit||~ 250W|
|Arch A770||Xe-HPG 512EU (TBD)||ACM-G10 arc||512 UE (TBD)||4096 (TBD)||8 GB of GDDR6 memory||16 Gb / s||256-bit||~ 250W|
|A750 arc||Xe-HPG 384EU (TBD)||ACM-G10 arc||384 EU (TBD)||3072 (TBD)||12 GB of GDDR6 memory||16 Gb / s||192-bit||~ 200W|
|Arc A580||Xe-HPG 256EU (TBD)||ACM-G10 arc||256 UE (TBD)||2048 (TBD)||8 GB of GDDR6 memory||16 Gb / s||128-bit||~ 150W|
|A380 arc||Xe-HPG 128EU (TBD)||ACM-G11 arc||128 EU countries (TBD)||1024 (TBD)||6 GB of GDDR6 memory||16 Gb / s||96-bit||~ 100W|
|A350 arc||Vehicle-HPG 96 (TBD)||ACM-G11 arc||96 EU countries (TBD)||768 (TBD)||4 GB of GDDR6 memory||16 Gb / s||64-bit||~ 75W|
|Arc A310||Xe-HPG 64 (TBD)||ACM-G11 arc||64 EU (TBD)||512 (TBD)||4 GB of GDDR6 memory||16 Gb / s||64-bit||~ 50W|