First review of Intel Arc A380 released – gets whipped by Radeon RX 6400

Last week, Intel launched its first desktop graphics card in the Arc family in the Chinese market. This is the rather stripped-down Arc A380, which offers 8 execution units (EUs) for a total of 1,024 stream processors running at 2,000 MHz. The graphics circuit is also accompanied by 6 GB of GDDR6 memory running at 15,500 MHz on a 96-bit wide memory bus – which gives a theoretical memory bandwidth of 186 GB / s.

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The review embargo has now expired for the card, which means that the first tests have begun to appear on the web. First out is the Chinese Channel Shenmedounengce på Bilibili (via Videocardz) which has put its hands on the partner manufacturer Gunnir’s variant of the Arc A380. The Gunnir card is delivered with higher clock frequencies made of cardboard than Intel’s reference specification, where these instead land at 2,450 MHz.

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First out are synthetic performance tests from 3DMark, where the card is set against the Radeon RX 6400 and Radeon RX 6500 XT as well as the Geforce RTX 3050 and Geforce GTX 1650. The results from the sub-test Timespy look promising in Intel’s favor, where the Arc A380 outperforms the Radeon RX 6400 by 42 percent better performance while also running past the Radeon RX 6500 XT. In DirectX 11-based Firestrike, however, it is defeated by the Radeon RX 6400 with 4 percent better results.

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Another example where Intel’s Arc A380 shows the front feet is ray tracing-based test 3DMark Port Royal. Here, the card offers as much as 72 percent higher results than the Radeon RX 6400 and 65 percent better numbers than the Radeon RX 6500 XT. However, it is a good distance from Nvidia’s Geforce RTX 3050, which gives 273 percent higher performance than the Intel card in this test.

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When the test instead shifts to pure game titles, it becomes all the tougher for Intel’s Arc A380 to keep up. The graph above shows a compilation from League of Legends, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile, Grand Theft Auto V, Tomb Raider, Forza Horizon 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2, where all games run in 1080p with the exception of League of Legends which is screwed up to 4K UHD. The Arc A380 is set against the Radeon RX 6400 and Geforce GTX 1650.

As can be seen, Intel’s entry-level cards have a hard time keeping up with the turns towards AMD and Nvidia’s budget-oriented graphics cards. On average, the Radeon RX 6400 presents 22 percent higher performance than the Arc A380, while Nvidia’s Geforce GTX 1650 offers 20 percent better average frame rate than the Intel card. Now, of course, there is the possibility that performance can be improved via future driver releases, but initially the gaming performance does not look very promising for the Arc A380.

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