Intel Releases Arc Separate Graphics for Laptops (Alchemist / Xe-HPG)

The Arc 3 Series A350M and A370, based on the ACM-G11 circuit, will be available first, and the A550M, A730M and A770M, based on the more robust ACM-G10 circuit in the Arc 5 and 7 series, will be available next summer.

Intel previously promised to release the first Arc standalone graphics cards in the first quarter of this year. Later, the schedule was further refined to mean specifically mobile models and now the company has fulfilled its promise.

Intel’s Arc mobile lineup is divided into three series: 3, 5 and 7. The Arc 3 series is the A350M and A370M, the 5 series is the A550M and the 7 series is the A730M and A770M. The Arc 3 models now available are based on the smaller ACM-G11 circuit (DG2-128) and the Arc 5 and 7 models that follow in the summer will be based on the larger ACM-G10 circuit (DG2-512). Graphics cards support the DirectX 12 Ultimate interface with accelerated beam tracking and more.

The Arc A370M has a full graphics chip with 8 Xe cores and an RT core, as well as a 64-bit memory bus, while the A350M has two Xe cores and an RT core. According to Intel, the clock speed of its graphics chip scales according to the load of the load, and it has defined its clock speed as the average clock load. It defaults to 1150 MHz for the A350M and 1550 MHz for the A370M, but may be lower or higher depending on the TDP configuration. The difference in clock frequency and units of account is also reflected in the TDP, as it is only 25-35 watts for the A350M and 35-50 watts for the A370M.

The mid-range Arc A550M features 16 Xe and RT cores at 900 MHz and a 128-bit memory bus. The TDP of the video card can be configured to 60-80 watts. The Arc 730M increases the number of cores to 24 and the clock frequency to 1100 MHz, while supporting a wider 192-bit memory bus. The top model A770M uses 32 Xe and RT cores and a much higher clock speed of 1650 MHz, which of course depends on the TDP to be configured between 120-150 watts. The memory bus has also been grown to 256-bit. You can find the technical data of all models in the slides attached to the news.

In terms of performance, Intel unfortunately did not provide exact benchmarks, but the Arc A370M is praised to be a clear cut above the integrated Iris Xe. Where the Iris Xe stays in the range of about 30-50 FPS with 1080p resolution and Medium or High settings, the A370M reaches over 60 FPS in each. In Fortnite and GTA V, 94 and 105 FPS performance is promised at Medium settings, and 105 and 115 FPS performance is promised at Rocket League and Valorant High settings. The utility applications run on both the A370M and Iris Xe at the same time, boosting performance from Handbrake’s AVC> HEVC conversion of 1.3x to Adobe Premiere Pro Scene Edit Detect by 2.4x compared to Iris Xe alone.

Samsung’s Galaxy Book2 Pro gets the honor of being the first laptop with an Arc graphics card and is available immediately. However, other Evo partners are also promising their own models with an Arc 3 graphics card.

We’ll take a closer look at the software, features, and architecture of Arc graphics in separate news and articles.

Source: Intel Press Materials

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