Leaks suggest that Intel’s ARC Alchemist GPUs will launch in March 2022

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  • Intel hardware enthusiasts will have to wait a bit more for the new GPUs.
  • The ARC Alchemist lineup was allegedly scheduled for launch in January.
  • However, new leaks suggest that Intel will postpone this until March 2022.
  • Supposedly, at least one of the new GPUs will rival Nvidia and AMD's beasts.
Intel ARC

We know that you were probably waiting to hear more about Intel’s upcoming hardware, and we are here to give you a well-deserved update.

According to Chinese websites Expreview forums and ITHome, Intel had initially planned to launch its ARC Alchemist graphics lineup in January 2022.

However, the plan got postponed to the very end of the first quarter, possibly even to the second quarter, but with no official information, it’s hard to know for sure.

It is also rumored that, besides ARC A380, which features the DG2-128 GPU (SOC 2), Intel will have another two ARC Alchemist graphics cards based on the DG2-512 SKU (SOC 1).

Intel may postpone ARC lauch until March 2022

While Intel did not share too much about the specifications of the video cards, its marketing scheme actually indicates that it’s planning to release two chips in the Arc Alchemist GPU line.

On the other hand, leaked drivers show that Intel may have up to 32 different cards in the new lineup. Out of all the upcoming products, Intel plans to release two graphics cards that will rival some of Nvidia’s RTX 30-series GPUs.

Allegedly, this above-mentioned lineup includes a card with 512 execution units (EUs) and 16GB of GDDR6 memory as well as a model with 384 EUs and 12GB of GDDR6 memory.

Word is that these two cards may even rise to challenge Nvidia’s RTX 3070 (Ti) and RTX 3060 (Ti), in terms of performance.

We can’t know for sure, for the time being, if Intel is indeed planning to release cards powerful enough to rival the performance of high-end GPUs like Nvidia’s latest beasts.

What we can say for sure is that when it comes to gamers, which already got used to 4K resolutions, Intel won’t really sell that many GPUs without at least attempting to create a competitor to Nvidia’s and AMD’s best GPUs.

All that’s left to do now is simply wait and see how Intel will decide to manage this situation and when they think that they are finally ready to introduce people to their new creation.

It would be nice to see more companies strive to deliver better hardware and compete for the top spots, and maybe this will start happening in the near future.

Are you thinking about trying one of Intel’s new GPUs for yourself? Share your opinion with us in the comments section below.

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