Are Intel Arc graphics cards dead on their arrival?

Are Intel Arc graphics cards dead on their arrival? ...

Intel's Arc cards have been reported by Igor Wallossek of Igor's Lab as he has spoken with dealers, potential distributors, and manufacturers in the European Union, although there was little interest to be found. Like Nvidia and AMD, Intel either could not or would not provide price guarantees, and its policies on RMAs and returns are significantly worse than those of its competitors.

Intel appears to be focusing on system integrators and OEM customers for its Alchemist cards and making the retail market a far less important (or no longer) a priority (or at all). There are also claims that one of the major board partners has completely halted production of Intel's cards due to quality concerns.

Steve Walton of Intel has examined the entry-level Arc 3 A380, the only one in the series that has been released so far, and it is only available in China. The card is expected to cost between $120 and $130, making it one of the cheapest new GPUs out there, but the results suggest a 'get what you pay for' strategy. The 5-year-old RX 570, which was originally $170, outperforms it.

Moreover, the Arc 3 A380 requires a lot more drivers, and performance suffers as a result of the absence of Resizable Bar, although Intel should be able to address these issues.

Intel's recent financial report revealed that Arc's Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group (AXG) suffered a $507 million operating loss as a result of declining demand for PCs and components. A lot of the money is used in "inventory reserves and roadmap investments," according to Intel.

CEO Pat Gelsinger said the company would not fulfill its internal goal of selling four million Arc GPUs this year. He also touched on the driver issues that many reviewers have complained about. "We expected that we would be able to leverage the integrated graphics software stack, but it was worrisome for the performance levels, gaming compatibility, et cetera," Gelsinger said.

Intel might even consider putting the whole Alchemist project in jeopardy, leaving Optane in the tech graveyard.

The complete annulation is a rare event. Things should improve by the time the Arc cards get their full release, but Chipzilla is certainly not doing well. At least the AV1 hardware encoder in the Arc A380 has been beating Nvidia's and AMD's H.264 encoders in initial real-world tests, so there's that.

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