Intel Announces Arc A-Series Of Discrete Graphics For Laptops
Intel in few days announced details of its new Arc series of discrete graphics processors based on its new Xe HPG architecture. This first batch of GPU is dedicated for laptops, with desktop and workstation versions arriving later this year.
Intel says its Arc A-series GPUs are also the first to feature built-in support for hardware-accelerated decoding and encoding of AV1 content, which allows for up to 50X faster encoding than you’d get using software alone when using tools like FFMPEG, Handbrake, Adobe Premiere, DaVinci Resolve, and XSplit.
Announced were the Intel Arc 3, Arc 5, and Arc 7 series of GPU. Arc 3 is the entry-level series and is based on the smaller ACM-G11 die while the Arc 5 and Arc 7 will be based on the larger ACM-G10 die.
The Arc 3 series currently includes two models, the A350M and the A370M. The A350M features 6 Xe-cores, 6 ray tracing cores, and 1150MHz graphics clock (which is the typical average clock speed and not peak clock speed), and a 25-35W power envelope. The A370M has 8 Xe-cores, 8 ray tracing units, and 1550MHz graphics clock and 35-50W power envelope. Both have 4GB GDDR6 memory, and 64-bit wide memory bus.
The Intel Arc Graphics are available with laptops based on Intel Evo designs. Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro is the first laptop to offer 12th Gen Intel Core Processor with Intel Evo designs and Intel Arc GPUs. Other laptops maker such as ASUS, Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and MSI are set to introduce the new line-up based on Intel Arc GPUs soon
According to Intel, the Arc 3 is an entry-level discrete GPU with up to twice the performance of Intel’s integrated Iris Xe graphics. The GPUs support features such as DirectX 12 Ultimate, Ray tracing, variable rate shading, mesh shading, etc. Like Nvidia, the Intel’s GPUs include AI engine for machine learning and AI-acceleration that enables super sampling in select gaming titles. However, both the XMX AI engine and XeSS (Xe super sampling) are not available right away but coming soon.