Availability of Intel Arc Alchemist gaming graphics cards reportedly delayed until mid-summer, drivers still problematic

Availability of Intel Arc Alchemist gaming graphics cards reportedly delayed until mid-summer, drivers still problematic

Availability of Intel Arc Alchemist gaming graphics cards reportedly delayed until mid-summer, drivers still problematic

Intel’s highly anticipated Arc Alchemist gaming graphics cards could very well be delayed to mid-summer based on the latest information from Igor’s Lab. The graphics cards are slated for a launch by the end of the second quarter, but due to various driver issues, the launch is likely delayed.

Intel’s first Arc Alchemist gaming graphics cards reportedly delayed until mid-summer 2022, with drivers again cited as the cause of the delay

A few days ago we announced the expected release time 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 stores by the end of this quarter. In fact, Intel has already announced that it will launch the best Arc Limited Edition graphics card by the end of the second quarter of 2022. Intel has also announced that the winners of its treasure hunt will be the first to get their hands on the new cards. graphics, before they even hit store shelves.

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But for now, the reports of the proper launch seem bleak. Igor Wallossek reports that based on various sources, Intel may postpone the actual availability of its line of gaming graphics cards until late summer. This sets a period from July 1 to August 31. Igor also reports that AIBs are growing frustrated with Intel’s planning and don’t know when the graphics cards are actually going to be launched.

The reason, again, is cited as the pilots. You may remember our previous report which also stated that the drivers were the main cause of the delay and that Intel wanted to fix all the issues before releasing their cards. This is one of the reasons why Intel launched a limited launch of its first Arc A-series products in Asian markets. The Arc A350M and Arc A370M laptop GPUs are currently only available in select Asian regions and on select laptops. The US, EU and other major regions do not yet have access to Arc-powered laptops. With the entry-level range shipping in such limited volume, one can imagine how good the high-end Arc 5 and Arc 7 series will get.

As for how this delay affects the entire range, the final specs have already been set in stone, so clocks and firmware are unlikely to change. But currently the drivers are questionable at best. No one actually owns the final drivers and the ones they have are either used to camouflage actual performance or simply to avoid negative reports via the online press.

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NVIDIA and AMD are already confident, based on their findings, that their current offerings are competitive enough to keep up with whatever Intel is bringing in the form of Arc Alchemist gaming graphics cards. The cancellation of NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 16GB and AMD not pushing the RX 6750 XT much higher than the RTX 3070 proves that both GPU giants are very confident with their existing lineups. A mid-to-late summer availability would also mean that Intel’s lineup will find itself very close to the launch of next-gen graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD, which are also expected around Q4 2022.

Plus, all these delays and driver issues don’t bode well for Intel’s first graphics launch. Additionally, if this continues, Intel could lose potential card partners, further affecting the deployment of its Arc graphics cards. All in all, it doesn’t look good at all, but hopefully Intel can come up with a better launch schedule at their next “VISION” event, followed by more detailed specs and pricing disclosures at Computex 2022 at the end of this month.

Intel Arc A-Series desktop graphics lineup ‘rumored’:

Graphics card variant GPU variant GPU die Execution units Shading units (cores) Memory capacity Memory speed Memory bus TGP
Bow A780 Xe-HPG 512EU (TBD) Bow ACM-G10 512 EU (to be determined) 4096 (TBD) 16 GB GDDR6 16 Gbps 256 bit ~275W
Bow A770 Xe-HPG 512EU (TBD) Bow ACM-G10 512 EU (to be determined) 4096 (TBD) 16 GB GDDR6 16 Gbps 256 bit ~250W
Bow A770 Xe-HPG 512EU (TBD) Bow ACM-G10 512 EU (to be determined) 4096 (TBD) 8 GB GDDR6 16 Gbps 256 bit ~250W
Bow A750 Xe-HPG 384EU (TBD) Bow ACM-G10 384 EU (to be determined) 3072 (TBD) 12 GB GDDR6 16 Gbps 192 bit ~200W
Bow A580 Xe-HPG 256EU (TBD) Bow ACM-G10 256 EU (to be determined) 2048 (to be determined) 8 GB GDDR6 16 Gbps 128 bit ~150W
Bow A380 Xe-HPG 128EU (TBD) Bow ACM-G11 128 EU (to be determined) 1024 (to be determined) 6 GB GDDR6 16 Gbps 96 bit ~100W
Bow A350 Xe-HPG 96 (TBD) Bow ACM-G11 96 EU (to be determined) 768 (to be determined) 4 GB GDDR6 16 Gbps 64 bit ~75W
Bow A310 Xe-HPG 64 (TBD) Bow ACM-G11 64 EU (to be determined) 512 (to be determined) 4 GB GDDR6 16 Gbps 64 bit ~50W

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