Flagship Intel Alchemist Graphics Card Puts to the Test

The high-end Arc Alchemist graphics card with 512 Execution Units will compete with powerful AMD and NVIDIA cards.

Intel’s flagship graphics card with Arc Alchemist GPU support, Geekbench showed up once again in the database. The upcoming chip was running at lower frequency speeds than another test that had surfaced earlier, so we can tell it’s an example of early engineering.

The Intel Arc Alchemist GPU already has 512 Execution Units (4096 ALUs), as we expected. The custom variant is said to have a maximum boost clock of 2.1 GHz, but we see it running at 1.33 GHz in the Geekbench test listed. So this GPU was running at 63% of its maximum performance potential and we’ll have to wait a little longer before we can see the full performance.

The custom Alchemist GPU sample was tested on an old Core i5-9600K test platform. Performance is as low as we’d expect, with the OpenCL score ranging between 65000-69000 points. So for now, we can say that it is roughly on par with the GeForce RTX 2060. Let me remind you again, the Xe-HPG graphics card is still not quite ready and these numbers do not mean anything.

According to rumors, the most powerful model of the series will be included in the competition with 4096 cores, 256-bit bus interface and up to 16GB of GDDR6 memory with 16Gbps clock. However, there is a possibility that the memory speed will be 18 Gbps.

It is also stated that Intel’s initial TDP target was 225-250W, but has now been increased to 275W. We expect the Arc Alchemist series, which will rival AMD and NVIDIA cards, in the first quarter of 2022.

Source: Technopat by www.technopat.net.

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