According to new rumors, Intel may release the first graphics cards for Arc Alchemist desktops on the shelves in late May.
This comes from Wccftech who claims to have information from sources in Taiwan familiar with Intel’s latest chats about the supply chain and the upcoming launch of the Arc GPU.
If that’s true – and we have to be very careful about that, as always – then the theory is that Intel has three Alchemist desktop cards coming out at the beginning, two of which will start initially, followed by a third model after a few “Weeks” later.
The flagship (A780) will not be from this trio, keep in mind that the first pair will be the Arc A750 and A380 – the more lavish mid-range and budget offerings respectively – with a later arrival in the lower middle class, the A580.
Apparently Intel has not provided firm release dates for these products, but more vague timeframes, which are late May to early June for the debut of the A750 and A380 graphics cards and July (conditionally) for the A580.
Analysis: Do prices match Nvidia?
We already know that Intel has confirmed Arc desktop cards for the second quarter of this year, which means they will arrive in May or June, so that’s in line with what we’ve heard here. Later in May, it would also make sense in terms of launching Computex, maybe …
Interestingly, we – and many others – were expecting a last-minute debut in late June, given the way Intel has played things so far (with the initial launch of Arc for GPUs for laptops coming just at the end of March, when it was promised for Q1 – so just sneak in that time period).
Of course, it is impossible to say whether we can still wait until the end of June despite this report, because even if it is true and these launch goals are Intel’s intention at the moment, things can probably still slip through. After all, this is a start that Intel needs to do right the first time, and that involves not only nailing the hardware but also the software (driver quality will be crucial).
As for how powerful these graphics cards can be, Wccftech believes that the Arc A750 will be the equivalent of Nvidia’s RTX 3060 and prices will fall roughly in line with the estimated $ 350 in the US (in fact, this is a touch more than Team The recommended price of Green for 3060).
It is assumed that the A580 will be equal to the power of the RTX 3050, the price is about $ 280, and the A380, convenient for the wallet, is expected to correspond to the GTX 1650 with a price of about $ 150, according to the technical site – big, of course apply large piles of spices.
The best guess then seems to be that the price tags will fall roughly in line with Nvidia, which is at least better than the hints we’ve come across earlier about the higher-end models, which are said to even may exceed Team Green prices. In a sense, Intel’s hopes of catching up with market pricing competition seem to be fading, but we still can’t calculate anything based on rumors alone.