Intel will start shipping its new discrete graphics cards soon Arc architecture based Xe HPG laptop makers, so it’s no surprise that details about the new GPU family keep leaking out.
We’ve heard a lot of news about Intel’s Arc Alchemist GPUs over the past few months, but it looks like we’re still in for some surprises. Previous leaks have indicated that Intel has given the designation to its upcoming Arc Alchemist products.
As many as 32 PCI identifiers for desktops and laptops have been leaked. A recently leaked list of GPUs supported by Intel drivers sheds further light on the first wave of Intel’s upcoming family of graphics products.
The information provided is from insider momomo_us who monitors hardware manufacturers’ websites (either with related software or with a private crawler), so the list is likely based on drivers (and not, say, a Linux patch), which the company uploaded to its website ahead of the imminent release of the Intel Arc.
Assuming we are indeed dealing with a driver that supports the following GPUs, this gives us a very rough idea of what the first wave of Intel DG2 products will look like.
The list of Arc-branded products includes graphic families Arc A380 (with 128 compute units, announced a couple of weeks ago), Arc A350, Arc A370M, Arc A350M and Iris Xe Max A200M. With Intel aiming to start rolling out Arc/DG2 discrete GPUs from mobile components in the first quarter, it’s no surprise that the list mostly includes “M” offerings, as well as Arc A380/A350 for desktop PCs.
While we can’t say for sure, it looks like some non-M Arc 300 parts will be used for OEM desktop PCs due out at the end of the first or second quarter, so they’re already supported by the drivers.
A very interesting thing is Iris Xe Max A200M. This name is likely to be used for laptops based on Intel Alder Lake, equipped with lower-end standalone DG2 components to be used by creative professionals for applications such as video encoding and other GPU-accelerated computing workloads (such as Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and more).
They are not expected to provide serious graphical performance, and as a result, together with Arc, such a product can damage the new brand, so we see branding instead. Xe Max. Again, since Intel has yet to officially announce all the branding details for its DG2 GPU, we can only speculate about the features of the Arc Alchemist.
As previously reported, the Intel DG2 family includes two standalone GPUs: a small one and a large one. The smaller one will be released this quarter, while the second one, which will be used for high-end discrete graphics cards for desktop PCs, should arrive in the second quarter.