Intel Alchemist is the brand new title for its DG2 graphics card launching in Q1 2022

Intel Arc graphics products

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Intel has simply unveiled the model title for its high-performance graphics playing cards: Intel Arc. To not be confused with Intel Ark, the place you go if you wish to try the completely different specs for its processors. We’ll see the primary technology of those new GPUs launching in Q1 2022 underneath the code title, Alchemist. 

Formally the Intel DG2 discrete graphics card, Alchemist relies on the Intel Xe HPG microarchitecture, with efficiency rumoured to be able to taking goal on the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070. Properly, when it comes to uncooked compute energy, anyway.

We had hoped that Intel’s first gaming GPU could be launching this yr, nevertheless it appears to be like like we’ll have to attend a bit longer to get our palms on the third means in PC graphics playing cards. Ready for GPUs… how very 2021.

In addition to exhibiting off its new model title with some snazzy CG video, Intel has additionally introduced the Arc vary will cowl a number of generations of graphics {hardware}, with Battlemage, Celestial, and Druid listed because the code names for future generations of Intel gaming GPUs.

Intel’s newsroom notes that the Intel Arc GPUs are all based mostly on the Xe HPG design and that “Alchemist, the primary technology of Intel Arc merchandise, will characteristic hardware-based ray tracing and synthetic intelligence-driven tremendous sampling, and provide full help for DirectX 12 Final.”

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Intel Arc graphics products

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Intel Arc graphics products

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Within the quick demo reel on the finish of Intel’s video introduction, it highlights the completely different options and strategies the brand new GPUs will provide. We have heard of its variable fee shading help, and the actual fact it is because of have hardware-based ray tracing, however the observe about AI-powered tremendous sampling is an attention-grabbing one.

That appears to be a unique tackle tremendous sampling than AMD’s FidelityFX Tremendous Decision and one thing extra akin to Nvidia’s Deep Studying Tremendous Sampling

Hopefully we’ll get extra particulars about that within the coming weeks and months as we construct as much as the Q1 2022 launch of Intel’s Alchemist GPUs.

Dave James

Dave has been gaming because the days of Zaxxon and Girl Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Demise Race 2000!). He constructed his first gaming PC on the tender age of 16, and at last completed bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system round a yr later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first began writing for Official PlayStation Journal and Xbox World many many years in the past, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 amongst others. Now he is again, writing in regards to the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with extra cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the solar, and SSDs extra capacious than a Cybertruck.