Intel has set low expectations for its Arc GPUs

Intel has set low expectations for its Arc GPUs

Intel is lowering the bar for its upcoming Arc A750 Limited Edition GPU. In a new three-minute video, the chipmaker gives us the briefest of glances into the card’s fairly mediocre on-paper performance.

Before we get started, it’s worth noting that the A750 is meant to be one of Intel’s top-tier GPUs, as indicated by the “7” at the beginning of its name. According to Intel’s naming rules, Arc 5 and Arc 3 are below Arc 7 and are intended to provide midrange and entry-level performance, respectively.

During the video, Intel’s Ryan Shrout starts Cyberpunk 2077 on a PC with the A750 chip installed, and instead of focusing on gameplay, Shrout focuses on performance. Shrout claims that with the game set to the “high-quality” preset and 2560 x 1440 resolution, the card averages “just under” 60 frames per second (FPS), which isn’t bad, but not what you’d expect from a company like Intel’s first foray into discrete graphics cards.

 

Intel has set low expectations for its Arc GPUs

 

Shrout then shows benchmark results, illustrating how the card compares to the entry-level Nividia GeForce RTX 3060. On games like Cyberpunk 2077, F1 2021, Control, Borderlands 3, and Fortnite, the Intel Arc A750 outperforms the regular RTX 3060 by 1.06 to 1.15 times. However, Shrout notes that “the performance of Arc will not look like this in all games,” and defines the test as “a terrific perspective of what Arc is capable of with the correct game enablement and software innovation.” (Not to mention that an impartial third party did not conduct these tests.)

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Obviously, we won’t know how a card performs until we put it to the test, but Intel’s first impressions aren’t exactly impressive. Intel’s Arc A750 GPU will be available later this summer, but Intel has already released its A370M and A350M mobile GPUs, as well as the entry-level Arc A380 desktop GPU, in China (which is supposed to hit the global market later this year).

So far, things aren’t looking well for Intel’s new GPU family. According to Linus Tech Tips, adding Intel’s A370M made the 16-inch HP Spectre x360 laptop “worse” than the prior RTX 3050 model. At the same time, PC gaming YouTube channel Gamer Nexus noticed inconsistent performance with the A380. Bugs and other glitches are unavoidable in any new product, and as Linus points out in his video, users may be less inclined to purchase something that requires venturing into uncharted territory, especially now that GPUs are so widely available and Nvidia’s 40-series cards are just around the corner.

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