In China, the Intel Arc A380 GPU is now available
Last night, Intel informed us that the Intel Arc GPUs are now available for desktops. The caveat is that these are being sent from China, and we located the Gunnir Intel Arc A380 Photon 6G OC version of this online.
In China, the Intel Arc A380 GPU is now available. The Gunner Intel Arc A380 Photon 6G OC is the first Intel Arc A380 GPU we found, and it’s prominently promoted on the company’s website.
In terms of our best estimate as to what this Arc 3 series component may be, here’s a photograph from Gunnar, which claims to be an 8 Xe core GPU.
When comparing the ACM-G11 to the launch slides from the mobile GPU launch, the ACM-G11 has eight Xe cores as well, and the chip picture is extremely similar.
The Gunnar Intel Arc A380 Photon 6G OC’s official specs show a 92W power draw and a maximum core frequency of 2450MHz. Intel is altering the way it defines clock rates and power, as we discussed in Welcome to Intel Arc GPUs and Intel NUCs. The component is meant to be 75W standard.
The A380 contains 6GB of GDDR6 memory and a memory bandwidth of 186GB/s. 3x DisplayPort and 1x HDMI 2.0 are the display outputs.
Most evaluations in China are pay-for-result affairs, so it’s typically a good area to debut gear. It also aids in launching first in the market, where many leaks originate, to reduce the time between leak and release. When consumers begin to receive these, it will be interesting to watch how they perform. With 92W ratings and prices on the low end of the market, we expect them to be far from top-end GPUs.
Still, our assessment of Arc this generation is that Intel is not attempting to compete on a price/performance basis across the stack with NVIDIA and AMD.
Rather, the first-generation Arc Alchemist cards exist to prepare the environment for the next-generation Arc Alchemist goods. Intel isn’t starting from scratch because it already has a sizable embedded GPU market share, but PCIe GPUs are expected to perform better and across a wider range of applications than GPUs, so there’s still software development to be done and Intel GPU brands to launch.