Raja Koduri, Executive Vice President of Intel, once again crushed all the rumors surrounding the cancellation of Arc Discrete GPUs. According to Raja, the GPU division had several hurdles than expected but they persisted and now Arc is gearing up for launch!
Intel Arc is going nowhere, first discrete GPUs set to launch soon!
Last week, rumors claiming that Intel had canceled its Arc Discrete GPU business emerged and this is the second instance of such baseless claims to surface in the current quarter. Intel’s Raja Koduri, the head of AXG and EVP, has previously denied such rumors and it looks like he has to do it again given the amount of misinformation currently surrounding Arc GPUs.
I came across this beauty in the Volume Validation Lab in Toronto. getting ready for launch! pic.twitter.com/HReEfz1d2b
— Raja Koduri (Bali Makaradhwaja) (@RajaXg) September 11, 2022
According to Raja Koduri, the Intel Arc Volume Validation Fab has multiple Arc discrete GPUs running in the labs and is ready for launch later this month. He also explained on Twitter how he and the GPU division are confused (and literally annoyed) by such rumors because they don’t help the team that works hard to bring these GPUs to market, the PC graphics community and the end users too. . It’s no mystery that Intel is having its fair share of difficulty getting through this launch and to be honest it was a mixture of bad decisions made by the company and bad timing which was further compounded by events that have taken place around the world (Pandemic, war, logistics, etc.).
we are also 🤷♂️ about these rumors. They don’t help the team working hard to bring them to market, they don’t help the PC graphics community. planned to overcome, but we persisted…
— Raja Koduri (Bali Makaradhwaja) (@RajaXg) September 12, 2022
That said, all of that is a thing of the past, and we’re closer to launch than we’ve ever been before. Intel gives us weekly updates on their Arc lineup and I know it should have come sooner but it’s better now that the products are close rather than leaking the details a long time ago and people have high expectations on the boards longer. We have seen the features, performance and specifications. They look great, but Intel will face serious competition from NVIDIA and AMD given that they are about to launch their next-gen components.
But there is also competition from the used market which will flood the GPU segment with many consumer graphics cards at very low prices. Not only that, but NVIDIA also has new models of its existing RTX 30 series set to launch next month that would tackle Intel’s Arc lineup.
On the other hand, this means that Intel will still be competing against current-gen GPU architectures from NVIDIA and AMD, as consumer parts are slated for launch next year and will not be priced. as attractive as the current generation range. Intel may therefore adjust pricing on its end to make Arc more appealing to gamers. They’ve done this before by announcing bundles of games and apps for up to US$500 with their Arc-based systems.
So while the first Arc lineup might miss its target launch schedules, we’re hoping future generations like Battlemage and Celestial will get AXG back on track. Personally, I want to see Intel achieve its ambitions and give us a solid third player in a market dominated by green and red.
Intel ARC Gaming GPU Lineup
|GPU family||Intel Xe-HPG||Intel Xe2-HPG||Intel Xe3-HPG||Intel Xe Next||Intel Xe Next Next|
|GPU Products||GPU ARC Alchemist||GPU ARC Battlemage||ARC celestial GPUs||GPU ARC Druid||GPU ARC E***|
|GPU Segment||General public game (discreet)||Mainstream / high-end game (discreet)||Mainstream / high-end game (discreet)||Mainstream / high-end game (discreet)||Mainstream / high-end game (discreet)|
|GPU Generation||Gen 12||Gen 13?||Gen 14?||Gen 15?||Gen 16?|
|Process node||TSMC 6nm||To be determined||To be determined||To be determined||To be determined|
|Specifications / Design||512 EU / 1 Tile / 1 GPU||To be determined||To be determined||To be determined||To be determined|
|Memory subsystem||GDDR6||To be determined||To be determined||To be determined||To be determined|
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