Intel enters the PC gaming GPU battle with Arc

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Intel is branding its upcoming shopper GPUs as Intel Arc. This new Arc model will cowl each the {hardware} and software program powering Intel’s high-end discrete GPUs, in addition to a number of {hardware} generations. The primary of these, identified beforehand as DG2, is predicted to reach within the type of codename “Alchemist” in Q1 2022.

Intel’s Arc-based Alchemist GPUs will probably be out there in each desktops and notebooks in early 2022, with Intel seemingly aiming to compete in opposition to each AMD and Nvidia right here. Whereas we nonetheless don’t know a lot in regards to the efficiency of the primary Alchemist GPUs, Intel revealed a teaser video right now that confirmed prototype silicon powering PUBG, Psychonauts 2, Metro Exodus, and extra.

Intel’s Arc GPUs will probably be able to mesh shading, variable fee shading, video upscaling, and real-time ray tracing. Most significantly, Intel can be promising AI-accelerated tremendous sampling, which seems like Intel has its personal competitor to Nvidia’s Deep Studying Tremendous Sampling (DLSS) know-how. AMD launched its personal FidelityFX Tremendous Decision (FSR) reply to DLSS in June, but it surely’s solely utilizing a spatial upscaling approach slightly than AI-based temporal upscaling. The purpose of all these applied sciences is to upscale video games from a decrease decision to offer smoother body charges with out a noticeable compromise in picture high quality.

“The launch of the Intel Arc model and the reveal of future {hardware} generations signifies Intel’s deep and continued dedication to players and creators in all places,” says Roger Chandler, head of Intel’s consumer GPU enterprise. “We have now groups doing unbelievable work to make sure we ship first-class and frictionless experiences when these merchandise can be found early subsequent yr.”

Intel’s first Arc GPUs will arrive in notebooks and desktops early subsequent yr.
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Intel is barely teasing the model of its Arc GPUs right now and revealing that “Battlemage,” “Celestial,” and “Druid” are all codenames for its future generations of Arc GPUs. Extra particulars and specifics are deliberate for later in 2021.

To this point, Intel has launched its first Iris Xe graphics playing cards, codenamed “DG1,” that use the corporate’s Xe LP structure. These lower-power playing cards had been primarily designed for pre-built workstations, as a substitute of devoted gaming rigs. Intel’s upcoming Arc GPUs will probably be based mostly on the corporate’s Xe-HPG microarchitecture, which is a mix of the work Intel has been placing into its Xe-LP, HP, and HPC microarchitectures.