Intel Finally Unveils Its Long Awaited Arc Alchemist Discrete GPUs for Laptops

Intel’s Less Powerful Arc 3 Discrete GPU For Laptops Will Be Available Starting From Today Whereas The More Powerful Ones Are Set to Arrive Soon.
Intel ARC

After years of rumors and leaks, all leading to this moment, Intel is finally ready to enter the discrete GPU business with its Arc Alchemist discrete GPUs for laptops which will soon be followed by a dedicated desktop GPU that will be arriving this summer.

The newest Arc A-Series GPUs for laptops  taking cues from Intel’s Core i3, i5, and i7 CPU will be called Arc 3, Arc 5 and Arc 7 respectively. The recently launched one being the Arc 3 will be available starting from today, whereas the more powerful Arc 5 and Arc 7 will be coming this summer.

Intel ARC

Spec-wise all the new Arc GPUs are built on Intel’s existing Xe iGPU platform however the company is only launching two variants of its least powerful Arc 3 GPUs for now; The A350M offers six Xe-cores and six ray-tracing units whereas the A370M offers eight Xe-cores and eight ray-tracing units.

As for its power draw Intel insists that the Arc 3 GPUs are made with battery life in mind and will have a TDP in the range of 25 to 50 Watts. This is expected as Arc 3 is meant for ultraportable devices and not dedicated gaming machines unlike its Arc 5 and Arc 7 GPUs which will offer significantly more graphical prowess with more Xe cores, ray-tracing units, memory at likely a much higher power draw.

The improvements don’t stop over here as all the Arc GPUs will be accompanied with latest technologies that helps deliver better graphical perfomance including Intel’s XeSS (Xe Super Sampling) technology thet can upscale lower-resolution images by balancing image quality and sharpness for better rendering speeds and higher frame rates.

Meanwhile, whichever Arc GPUs you end up with they all offer support for DirectX 12 Ultimate, ray-tracing as well as the newest AV1 hardware acceleration (a first for the industry, according to the company) which enables faster video encoding in a variety of apps.

Another key aspects of all the Arc GPUs being Intel’s new Deep Link technology, which allows systems to harness both the integrated and discrete GPUs simultaneously for even faster media encoding or ML-based image processing that was shown off during the event using Topaz Lab’s Video Enhance AI to upscale and sharpen low quality videos.

Last but not the least, there’s also a new Arc Control app, which offers advanced configuration options, automatic driver updates, comparable to Nvidia’s GeForce Experience software. But unlike the latter, the Intel’s app also offer in-game overlays, so you’ll be able to keep an eye on your graphics performance while playing along with other tools to monitor performance & stream gameplay.

That said, Intel’s Arc 3 GPU will first be available on Samsung’s Galaxy Book2 Pro, information about which was leaked earlier this week. Meanwhile, Intel’s more powerful desktop GPUs which was teased at the event will be arriving sometime this summer.

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