Intel Arc Alchemist A370M GPU Gaming Benchmarks Show Competitive Performance Against NVIDIA RTX 3050

Intel Arc Alchemist A370M GPU Gaming Benchmarks Show Competitive Performance Against NVIDIA RTX 3050

Intel Arc Alchemist A370M GPU Gaming Benchmarks Show Competitive Performance Against NVIDIA RTX 3050

Two months after its launch, the first benchmarks of the Intel Arc Alchemist A370M GPU have been published by PCWorld. The A370M is an entry-level GPU in the Arc A line and is designed for budget laptops to compete with entry-level GPU offerings from NVIDIA and AMD.

Intel Arc A370M Alchemist GPU Gets First Gaming Tests and Shows Competitive Performance Against NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050

The Intel Arc A370M is positioned in the entry-level discrete GPU segment and based on the ACM-G11 SKU, the smaller of the two Arc Alchemist SKUs. It uses the full ACM-G11 GPU configuration with 8 Xe cores (1024 ALUs), 8 ray tracing units, 1550 MHz graphics clock, 4 GB of 64-bit GDDR6 memory and a 35-50 W TDP range. chip would tackle the GeForce RTX 3050 and Radeon RX 6500 series.

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PCWorld’s Matt Smith managed to get his hands on a benchmark laptop based on MSI’s Summit E16 Flip Evo design and managed to run some benchmarks. The laptop was only available for testing at Intel’s Jones Farm campus in Portland, Oregon. This confirms once again the limited availability of Arc in regions other than Asia. Intel’s Arc A350M laptops are delivered to customers, but only in select Korean and Asian markets and only in Samsung/Lenovo designs. Other laptop makers have yet to showcase their Arc-powered portfolio. Some cited drivers as the main cause of lag while others cited low GPU counts.

As for benchmarks, Intel has only allowed four benchmarks to run in its controller test environment, which includes a single synthetic title and three AAA titles. First up we have the Time Spy result from 3DMark where the Intel Arc A370M GPU scored 4405 points in the graphics tests. The comparative GeForce RTX 3050 scores 4396 points, which means the A370M does indeed deliver faster performance (in synthetic workloads). This is already a major performance improvement over the initial results which showed a score of only 3196 points in the same test. These tests were performed with TNT enabled, which leads to significant performance losses, as demonstrated by Korean PC testers.

Intel Arc A370M discrete GPU benchmarked in 3DMark Time Spy synthetic workload. (Image credits: PCWorld)

Intel Arc A370M Discrete GPU Test Suit (Courtesy of PCWorld):

  • 3DMark Time Spy: Standard Time Spy demo with default settings.
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: DX12 1080p Highest settings, Ray Tracing off, TAA on.
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker: 1080p at highest settings (desktop).
  • Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition: 1080p at high benchmark settings.
  • Topaz Video Enhance AI: An eight-second 1080p .MOV file was upscaled to 4K using the Artemis Medium Quality AI model.

Moving on to gaming, first we have the Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker benchmark where the Intel Arc A370M is slightly slower than the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 at 1080p High. Performance swings to Intel’s side in the highest 1080p Shadow of The Tomb Raider benchmark with Team Blue leading with 9 FPS on the NVIDIA RTX 3050. Finally, in Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition, Team Blue loses of 3 FPS at 1080p High but neither GPU is capable of producing a playable framerate above 30 FPS. One thing to note is that none of these benchmarks use the DLSS or XeSS capabilities that newer GPUs have to offer and even hardware ray tracing was not used since the “Normal” ray tracing preset wasn’t used. only allows hybrid reflections and does not fully utilize ray tracing. reflections.

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Intel Arc A370M Gaming Benchmarks (Image Credits: PCWorld):

So overall you are looking at 2% better performance for the NVIDIA RTX 3050 compared to the Intel Arc A370M GPU. That’s certainly a decent performance considering that’s exactly the level of graphics performance that Intel is aiming for with this entry-level discrete GPU. The Arc A350M GPU was positioned against the RTX 2050 which is also based on the Ampere GPU while the A370M is positioned against the RTX 3050. Content creation is also a strong point for Intel where the GPU scored 38% better performance thanks to its DeepLink capabilities that allow the discrete GPU to use the integrated Iris GPU on the CPU for faster performance.

Intel Arc A370M discrete GPU benchmarked in Topaz AI authoring workloads. (Image credits: PCWorld)

Intel Arc A370M GPU performance (PCWorld)

Reference Intel Arc A370M (MSI Summit E16 Flip Evo) NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 OLED) Intel Iris Xe (MSI Summit E14 Flip) A370M versus 3050 A370M versus Iris Xe
3DMark Time Spy (graphics test) 4405 4396 1832 +0% +140%
Final Fantasy XIV (High Res 1080p) 7196 7639 4674 -6% +54%
Shadow of The Tomb Raider (highest 1080p) 59 50 21 +18% +181%
Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition (High Res 1080p) 19 22 N / A -14% N / A
Improved topaz video AI 134 187 486 +40% +163%

Now, given those performance numbers, we can definitely expect similar performance to the NVIDIA RTX 3050, but that’s just three games. However, one thing is for sure, the 3050 is a faster GPU than the AMD RX 6500M, which the red team says offers much better gaming performance than the ARC A370M.

It looks like AMD called it a winner when comparing a premature Intel discrete GPU and the end performance might end up being better for the blue team if they tune their drivers properly. The current issue is that most vendors will ship Arc-powered laptops, even with Alchemist A350M and A370M GPUs, in Q3 2022, confirming recent reports of a major delay.

Intel Arc A-Series Mobility GPU family:

Graphics card variant GPU variant GPU die Execution units Shading units (cores) Memory capacity Memory speed Memory bus TGP
Bow A770M Xe-HPG 512EU Bow ACM-G10 512 EU 4096 16 GB GDDR6 16 Gbps 256 bit 120-150W
Bow A730M Xe-HPG 384EU Bow ACM-G10 384 EU 3072 12 GB GDDR6 14 Gbps 192 bit 80-120W
Bow A550M Xe-HPG 256EU Bow ACM-G10 256 EU 2048 8 GB GDDR6 14 Gbps 128 bit 60-80W
Bow A370M Xe-HPG 128EU Bow ACM-G11 128 EU 1024 4 GB GDDR6 14 Gbps 64 bit 35-50W
Bow A350M Xe-HPG 96EU Bow ACM-G11 96 EU 768 4 GB GDDR6 14 Gbps 64 bit 25-35W

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