Intel’s entry into the graphics card market has so far been a relatively slow story, with several delays in the baggage. Just over a month ago, the first dedicated graphics cards were launched in the Arc “Alchemist” family for laptops, a launch that did not extend much further than a few models in South Korea.
Now it’s time to test one of the graphics cards PC World, which for an hour was given free rein to test the A370M, one of the smallest in the portable Arc 3 series. With the card’s 4 GB of graphics memory, 64-bit memory bus and configurable TGP value of up to 50 watts, Intel is focusing on 60 FPS in medium and 1080p. The similar Radeon RX 6500M has previously swept the track with the A370M, which this time is set against the RTX 3050. Similar specifications can be seen here as well, but with a much wider 128-bit memory bus for the RTX 3050.
For the test, Intel has lent a reference model based on MSI’s Summit E16 Flip Evo, which PC World then compared with four other laptops from HP, Asus, MSI and Acer equipped with Nvidia Geforce RTX 3050, RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3060. The first test offers a round in 3DMark Time Spy, where the reference computer with A370M lands on 4 405 points and passes both HP Specter x360 and Asus Vivobook Pro with RTX 3050. However, it is not really enough to climb past either RTX 3050 Ti or RTX 3060.
In games, the A370M keeps a close pace with the RTX 3050, which pulls away with a few single points in Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker and Metro Exodus. However, PC World notes that none of them actually meet the system requirements for the latter game. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the results instead turn to Intel’s advantage, where the A370M measures in at an average of 59 FPS against the RTX 3050 slightly lower 50 FPS. The games have been tested on the settings high or highestwith any ray tracing disabled.
Neither the A370M nor the RTX 3050 is close to the RTX 3060 in any of the game tests, where the more powerful card really pulls away. Intel’s entry-level variant on the portable side, on the other hand, shows that it is clearly a step up from Intel’s integrated Xe graphics. Based on PC World’s results, it opens up more options for those looking for thinner laptops without completely compromising on the graphics part. However, this presupposes that accessibility is improved and that models with Arc graphics actually find their way out.
Source: SweClockers by www.sweclockers.com.
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