The first graphics card with a discrete Intel Arc GPU has appeared in Indian retail without an official announcement or promotional campaign. Several Indian hardware websites have started listing the ASRock Intel Arc A380 Challenger ITX 6GB OC, priced at Rs. are from. 20,600 to Rs. 22,999. That’s nearly double its current retail price of $139.99 (approx. Rs. 11,100) in the USA. At this price, it competes with cards based on the more powerful AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, which is relatively old but currently overpriced due to GPU shortages over the past few years.
In terms of performance, buyers can expect the Arc A380 to perform slightly worse than the GeForce GTX 1650 and AMD’s even lower-end Radeon RX 6400 from 2019. own official benchmarksPerformed on a stock reference card, its first discrete GPU was shown to perform about 15 percent slower than its competitors, on average, in games like Control, F1 2021, Battlefield V, PUBG, Hitman 3, The Witcher 3, Age of Empires 4, Apex Legends , and GTA V. These games were tested at 1920×1080 using medium quality settings.
Intel’s long-awaited graphics has been delayed several times since the company first announced its intentions, including the hiring of former AMD graphics head Raja Koduri in late 2017 and plans for the Xe architecture to scale from power-constrained devices. to a supercomputer. Originally promised for 2020, the company began promoting with a series of fan outreach events called Intel Odyssey. In October 2021, the company talked about its plans to build a hardware partner ecosystem and how it would supply enough for a high-demand market.
However, the company had a relatively low-key launch, with only the low-end Arch A380 model being produced and available initially. Limited to China, the more powerful Arch 5-series and 7-series GPUs are now expected to launch in 2022 or even 2023. Mobile versions of these GPUs have also not appeared as widely expected in laptops.
Intel’s Arc A380, part of a generation called ‘Alchemist’, has eight Xe GPU cores and eight ray tracing units. The stock GPU clock speed is 2GHz, and the board power is rated at 75W meaning no PCIe power connector is required. It is matched with 6GB of GDDR6 RAM on a 96-bit interface. Up to four displays can be supported simultaneously over HDMI 2.1 or DisplayPort 2.0. AV1 encode/decode is a highlight with H.265 hardware encode/decode. The GPU is manufactured by TSMC on a 6nm process. Intel promises integration between the Arch GPU and Core CPU. The company’s XeSS image upscaling technology is slated to be rolled out in the near future.
The ASRock Intel Arc A380 Challenger ITX 6GB OC is a relatively small card with a single axial fan. It has a mild overclock at 2250MHz and requires an 8-pin power connector. The company boasts of cool and quiet operation and premium power circuitry. Listed for sale here PrimeABGB And PCStudio, among other Indian retailers. Stock appears to be limited but both promise to ship orders soon.
Gadgets 360 has asked Intel if the units on sale in India have been officially imported and if the price is as per the expected MSRP. It is unclear at this time if any formal launch announcement is imminent. And whether other brands will introduce their own Arc A380 graphics cards here.